Cricketer Merv Hughes’ guide to the best pubs in Victoria
Cricket great Merv Hughes says these Victorian pubs are batting above average.
Aussie sporting legend Merv Hughes knows a thing or two about cricket. Representing Australia from 1985 to 1994, he made a name for himself through his mischievous sense of humour, magnificent handlebar moustache – and a cool 212 wickets over 53 test matches. Not to mention his iconic hat-trick against the West-Indies at the WACA in 1988-89.
His career took him around the world, and to his fair share of local cricket clubs. As a result, he also knows a thing or two about local pubs – and what makes a winning one.
“At the end of the day, all you’re looking for is a relaxed, laidback atmosphere," Merv says. "For me, if you can go to a pub, have a nice meal and catch up with some friends – you’re going to return.”
Live music is a bonus on a cruisy Saturday or Sunday afternoon and, of course, having the right beers on tap is a must. But the ultimate test? The parma, of course. “If I want to test a pub, or I’m trying a new place, I’ll always order the parmigiana. You’ve got to!”
From Port Fairy to Gippsland, we asked Merv what makes a quality pub, and where to find Victoria’s finest.