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