A bunch of friends and I had a meal at the Coopers Alehouse last Wednesday and I thought it was time I posted a Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross Review. I’ve heard a lot of good reports of the newly upgraded Coopers Alehouse so I had pretty high expectations of it.

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We got there about 6.30 pm and after a bit of a chat we placed an order around 6.45. The menu is pretty good in that it recommends a brew depending on what you order. I went for the Wagyu Beef Burger. “Beef & bacon pattie, monterey jack cheese, barossa gypsy speck, lettuce, tomato & tangy chipotle aioli with chips & house pickle.” The recommended brew was a mild ale and so I ordered a pint.

I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the decor as well as the ambience. The conversation was going well but we noticed, probably from all the growling stomachs, that the food was taking quite awhile. We’d been waiting for over an hour and still no site of our meal appearing. Not even a peep from the staff telling us what the hell was going on.

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My stomach was virtually screaming, “That bloody burger and chips better be worth the wait!”

Some 15 minutes later they started bringing out the food. That was my Wagyu Beef Burger in the image above. The first thing I noticed was that the fries looked a little pale. I popped one into my mouth and it was immediate disappointment. It was almost cold and it could of been cooked a little more. Before I continue the Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross Review I’m going to post a quote from their site.

The Coopers Alehouse Gepps Cross will take your taste buds on a journey, exploring and enjoying the delights of great pub food with traditionally brewed beer. We combine old fashioned hospitality in a sparkling new venue where every detail is tuned toward you – our guest. Expect delicious grazing and snack food items are perfectly paired with an extensive range of beer and a quality range of premium steaks that respects each step of the process, from paddock to plate. Our menu combines the best of regional produce with a modern, vibrant and fresh twist.

Upon reading something like that you’d expect some pretty good tucker wouldn’t you? Definitely not, less than lukewarm  chips! Oh well, perhaps the burger was better. I took a bite and while it didn’t taste all that bad, something wasn’t quite right. There was a crunch to it that definitely shouldn’t be there. I inspected the burger pattie only to find that the bottom 2 mm of the pattie was over cooked and that was where the crunch came from. Not the worst burger but definitely not the best.

Overall I was pretty disappointed with my experience at the Coopers Alehouse, as were most of my friends.

Would I go there again? Probably not.

I know that it’s quite possible that we may have picked a bad night. Maybe they were short staffed in the kitchen or something. But if that was the case the staff should have done more to make the experience more pleasurable.

Oh well, at least the beer was cold.

What sort of experience have you had at the Cooper Alehouse?

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