Sydney has a serious lack of pubs. The ones we do have are a throwback to the days of the razor gangs and have remained unchanged ever since, and others have had recent renovations so severe you would be forgiven for mistaking them with a Gold Coast RSL or Strike Bowling alley. Refreshingly, Perth seems to have a few great pubs (and those are only the ones we got around to visiting) and Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle is definitely one of them.
What could have turned out as a tourist-magnet disaster, Fremantle seems to maintain a good mix of visitors and locals alike. Set in the old port city, surrounded by beautiful heritage buildings and located right on the water, it has everything to offer from magic shows to speed boat rides to a giant “Skyview” ferris wheel, where, for around $15, you can get a pretty good vantage point of the city and beyond.
Little Creatures itself is apparently always packed. With an open door policy you’re able to go and have a Little Creatures beer straight from the source and right on the water, and as a former boat yard-turned-crocodile farm (?!) it sure has character. They have a wood-fired pizza oven right in the middle of the thoroughfare where you can watch your food being made, and the menu has everything from nachos to papadums to little share plates including corn on the cob and mixed olives.
After lunch you can take a stroll next door and peruse the brewery or check out the store where they sell various cherub branded paraphernalia and I’m sure I saw some kitschy t-shirts saying “I’m a Hophead” or some such.
All in all our trip to Fremantle, and more specifically Little Creatures, has been a big success. With a slew of kids in tow the playground is just the thing to get them off our hands and get down to business, and with a broad menu and plenty to look at Little Creatures seems to have a little something for all.
40 Mews Road Fremantle WA 6160