With a son and a few friends living up in the Boonies in the Butler area, we’re always on the lookout for places with decent nosh so we can check them out when I’m visiting. I know 37 kms away is hardly rural but when you’re a city slicker, driving to Butler can seem like going for a very long drive in the country. Canned Heat’s song always springs to mind when I’m on the freeway; yup, feels like I’m “going up the country” 🙂
We haven’t found many eateries that tick all the boxes, but the Cornerstone Ale House is one of the few that serve reasonable food. This no frills pub is family friendly and serves large portions of food at reasonable prices. Sometimes that’s all you need.
On a Sunday evening, couples and families start arriving early, and several large tables filled very quickly. We shared a bottle of the special wine of the month – a reasonable SSB for $26.
My friend’s meal of the chicken schnitzel ($24) was served with mashed potato, a rather yummy mushroom sauce, and broccolini. She managed to polish off the lot and was impressed with how delicious a basic dish could taste when the ingredients were fresh and thoughtfully put together.
Second friend’s dish of the grilled barramundi fillet with sautéed baby potatoes, olives and tomatoes at $27 was a hearty serve that she thoroughly enjoyed.
Thinking the fisherman’s catch at $31 was going to be a modest serve of seafood, I was taken aback when a massive platter arrived at the table. And far from the unpalatable servings of greasy deep fried food that often appear in pubs, this one featured grilled barramundi and scallops, tender lightly battered and seasoned baby squid, a bowl of crab and prawns in a Thai coconut curry sauce, and the most fat, crispy, delectable fries that I have ever had the pleasure to eat. The size of this dish wore me down though, and something had to be sacrificed. The crab, being the messiest to eat, won that dubious distinction.
Overall, this was a positive dining experience with pub grub a cut above many other similar establishments. If you have a large appetite, you’ve come to the right place. Kudos too, to the cheery staff who go all out to make you feel welcome. This place may be out in the sticks, but it knows all about good old fashioned hospitality.