I always find it hard to choose somewhere to go in such heavily populated suburbs like West End, the Valley and South Bank. We were out on a tuesday night and were in search of a plain and simple good hearty meal and The Charming Squire was all of the above. Not to mention the live music!
We decided to sit near the bar and order from the “Bar Menu” there was a whole variety of options from beef to seafood to pizzas to salads. I was faced with a very tough decision. After having walked past many times and seeing the open plan kitchen and butchery there was no way we were settling for vegetarian options. I had the Morrocan Style Rump Skewers (with spiced cous cous and mint yoghurt) $21. They were cooked magnificently and it was the perfect sized meal.
My partner in crime tonight had the Giant Rump (400g with mushroom sauce, chips and salad) $36. The mushroom sauce was the hero of this dish, it was thick creamy and such a great flavour. The sides topped off the perfect pub meal.
As the name suggests The Charming Squire is owned by beer company James Squire. They offer all of their beers on tap as well as a variety of other beverages. They often change the taps for each season and behind the bar have a taste guide for the beer rookies (like me) with flavours, strengths and ingredients. We decided on the Four ‘Wives’ Pilsener (Authentic brew of sparkling golden brilliance, distinctive floral hop aroma and enticing spicy finish). It was delicious I can see why boutique beer is one of the next best things.
The Charming Squire is actually part of the new Brisbane Convention Centre it is located on grey street accross the road from the wheel of Brisbane. A 1 minute walk from the train station as well as plenty of paid parking in the complex. The venue is huge with a fine dining section as well as a large bar space. We were there mid week and it was packed with people. The best part about our experience was the live music. One guy and a guitar what more could you want. The music was perfect and he was a great singer. It made for a really great atmosphere.
Like most pubs (although The Charming Squire isn’t like any others) it was counter service. Once ordered our food arrived relatively quickly and the bar staff were very friendly.
The Verdict: We were after a simple pub meal and walked away with that and so much more. The food was great, service was great and loved the music! I cannot wait to go back here. Overall: 8/10.
The Charming Squire by James Squire, 133 Grey Street South Bank, open 7 days.