Hot Cider Inside Ya!

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We’re deep enough into winter for our drinking habits to have well and truly shifted. Our appetite for an ice-cold beer or glass of Riesling has waned, and in its place,  heavy red varietals and dark stouts have taken up residence.

As we approach the shortest day of the year and, with it, the coldest part of the season, there may be no better place to perch than Hobart’s iconic watering hole, The Whaler. The Whaler has got you covered with a menu of wintry comfort food, a rotation of featured stouts throughout the season, and bespoke booze that hits a new notch on the thermostat! 

Established in the early 1800s by Reverend Robert “Bobby” Knopwood, The Whaler retains a true, traditional-style pub feel, and offers a selection of eats and drinks that throw as much heat as the pub’s roaring fireplace. The new winter menu includes hand-rolled gnocchi that treats vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, with a choice of roast tomato and eggplant ragu, or Casalinga Gourmet Meats Italian sausage, fennel and tomato ragu. Seafood fiends are looked after too: think Tasmanian seafood chowder in a rich lobster, saffron and cream broth. The Whaler’s famous burgers round out a menu of pub classics, which can all be washed down with a selection of warming drinks. 

Try the hot spiced cider, which combines Willie Smith’s organic apple cider with a recipe of warming aromatics like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. It’s essentially liquid apple pie spiked with just the right level of booze. Or level up with a cinnamon hot toddy, which blends cinnamon whiskey, local honey from Salamanca Market and fresh lemon to produce a dram that’s sure to soothe. 

With all of the hype surrounding apple cider vinegar, and a general consensus that a hot toddy is as good a remedy for the common cold as some over-the-counter medicines, The Whaler might just be the healthiest place to spend most of this winter! (…did we mention there is a fire inside?!)