Brenton Lang (with partners Drew Gibbs & Matt Cook) has opened the doors to his first venture outside the Rustica sourdough empire, with Hobsons Bay Hotel – a three-level neighbourhood pub in Williamstown, including a rooftop deck with views of Melbourne’s skyline across the water.

Delivering refined pub classics, Brenton Lang explains he wanted to create a hospitality venue fitting for the waterfront suburb; “We want to bring the building back to the neighbourhood pub and execute a high-quality venue with a dining and service experience to match.  We knew the expertise of the chef we needed for the venue and we couldn’t be more excited to have teamed up with Ben,” says Lang.

Hobsons Bay Hotel welcomes Ben Pigott as head chef, who previously worked at Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal and Cumulus Inc. and most recently as group kitchen manager at Van Haandel Group’s Stokehouse and Fatto.

Pigott’s new menu is predominantly produce-driven, revealing his formative training and experience with local farmers, including his favourite market garden Ramarro Farms.

From small plates to sharing plates, guests can expect a refined menu of classic Australian pub grub with dishes such as:

  • Rotisserie chicken and chips with salsa verde and rocket salad
  • Beer battered fish and chips with chunky tartare
  • Cape grim rib-eye to share
  • Dry-aged striploin on the bone
  • Rotisserie Porchetta with sweet and sour radicchio, hazelnuts, brown butter jus
  • Dukkah roasted cauliflower steak with smoked hummus, fried capers and chopped herb dressing

HOBSONS BAY HOTEL 28 Ferguson Street, Williamstown
For more information visit hobsonsbayhotel.com.au



Thirty Melbourne pubs & bars are celebrating a fresh start in 2021 by launching ‘Melbourne’s Happiest Hour’ – 50% off all food & beverage bills from 5-6pm, every day in January. Australian Venue Co is making everyday celebrations easier for Melburnians, by cutting the cost of catching up with friends and family. “After a challenging year, we wanted to make it easier for our locals to catch up with their mates. We’re raising a glass to a fresh start!” said Andy O’Brien, Venue Manager of The Duke of Wellington. Eight of the participating venues are in the Melbourne CBD, which Australian Venue Co CEO Paul Waterson hopes will support the CBD’s recovery over the summer.

Melbourne’s Happiest Hour at Australian Venue Co is valid from 5-6pm between 1st – 31st January. That’s 50% off the total bill, every day for a whole month!

Where:   At Australian Venue Co establishments in Melbourne*

How:       Dine and drink at Australian Venue Co. Melbourne establishments from 5-6pm and pay via mobile. Guests can use the Australian Venue Co app, or order at table by scanning a QR code – no sign up required.

So where can locals find Melbourne’s Happiest Hour this January? All their favourite venues including The Duke of Wellington, O’Connell’s, State of Grace, Beer DeLuxe Federation Square, Imperial Bourke St, The Auburn Hotel, The Station Hotel in Footscray, and more! Melbourne’s Happiest Hour also applies to The Smith’s pop-up Lake Club at Albert Park Lake.

There’s no limit to how many times guests can claim the discount so there’s no excuse for them not to arrange plenty of catch ups with family, friend and colleagues.

For venue details visit https://www.ausvenueco.com.au/melbourne

Australian Venue Co promotes responsible service of alcohol. T&Cs will apply and will be available on the AVC website prior to the promotion commencing. * Melbourne’s Happiest Hour is not applicable at The Park, Rivers Edge or The Exchange Beach Club. The discount does not apply to private event bookings

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Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: kath@couturing.com Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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