Local life: A Sunday at The Sir George

Sign for The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

For many years, the little town of Jugiong has been a favourite rest stop of mine on the Hume Highway.  Roughly half way between Wagga Wagga and Canberra, I often treat myself to a coffee and a browse around Long Track Pantry, en route to visit my brother, who lives in the A.C.T.

Last year through Instagram I discovered the old pub a few doors up from Long Track was being renovated. Living in Worcestershire at the time made it a little hard to visit, but as soon as Adam and I returned from England, The Sir George, was added to my list of places to explore.

A couple of weekends ago, Adam and I decided to organise a rendezvous with my brother in Jugiong for Sunday lunch so we could check out The Sir George for ourselves…

It was a gloriously sunny winter’s day and the drive to Jugiong was just spectacular under cool, blue skies. When Adam and I arrived just before 1pm, it was obvious, we weren’t the only ones who were keen for a long lunch.

The exterior of The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

Inside the interiors were dark and full of cosy little nooks.  There was a lovely mix of old and new decor and the dim lighting and roaring fires instantly transported me back to some of the pubs Adam and I had frequented while we were in England.

The interior of The Sir George pub at Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

It was busy, but the wait for our food wasn’t too long and I tucked into a beautiful plate of melt-in-your-mouth corned beef, with creamy mash potato, greens and a delicious mustard sauce.

On site is also a very cool bar and bakery – the sourdough loaves looked amazing and certainly gave Adam and a bit of bread envy.

The bar at The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

Outside the main building is an expansive al-fresco eating area, kitchen garden, playground and grassy area. In the warmer months, when the vines covering the pergola are lush and green, I can imagine it’d be a pretty nice place to sit with a gin and tonic.

Al fresco dining area at The Sir George pub at Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

Tucked up in the very back corner of the site is a little old shed, full of beautiful gardening equipment, soft furnishings, books, hats and other goodies. I refrained from making any purchases this time around, but next time I’m after something new for the house I can see myself making a special drive to Jugiong for a peak.

Entrance to the Potting Shed at The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

Interior of the Potting Shed at The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

Exterior of the Potting Shed at The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

The pub is also home to a pair of exceptionally friendly goats, who love a pat and posing for pictures!

Pet goat posing for a picture at The Sir George pub in Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia.

I’m excited to learn that boutique style accommodation is being built on site and once it’s complete I’d love to pop back for a little ‘local vacation’… and to maybe indulge in a few of those aforementioned G&Ts.

All three of us left The Sir George with full tums and a vow to make Jugiong catch-ups a more regular occurrence.

If you’re travelling along the Hume, or live in the Hilltops/Riverina regions I’d wholeheartedly recommend a visit.

Have a wonderful week. x

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