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Rochester Hotel

4.4
4.4
24 Reviews
$40 and under
Pub

A Fitzroy neighbourhood pub trading lunch and dinner Thu-Sun. Our focus on local produce reflects our food and drinks offering but more importantly we foster a sense of community. Rochey is a laid back and inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcome.

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Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Beer Garden

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am
    Sat 2:00 pm–1:00 am
    Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9419 0166

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Casual, friendly people serving classic pub grub and a bar offering to match.

  • Area

    Fitzroy

  • Public Transit

    Tram 11 stop 16

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • TRIVIA

    Multiple dates available
    We are pretty excited to have Shit Pub Trivia night back at The Rochey, every Wednesday from 7:30pm. $15 Jugs $15 Burger & chips All night Lock that in!
  • Drinks Outside

    Multiple dates available
    This table is allocated outside, curb side or in the beer garden.
  • Drinks Inside

    Multiple dates available
    If you are planning to have drinks only please choose this option. Your table will be allocated inside the venue.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

Entree

A La Carte

  • Sea Salted Potato Crisps$6.50

    w/ pickled white anchovies and lemon zest

    • Classic Prawn Cocktail$15.00

      • Chargrilled Cauliflower$14.00

        w/ whipped miso tofu, crispy soy pepitas & pickled shallot

        Roast

        • Slow Cooked Lamb*$25.00

          w/ crispy roasties, yorkshire pudding, seasonal veg, mint sauce & gravy

          • Zucchini, Lentil & Hazelnut Roast$25.00

            w/ crispy roasties, seasonal veg & gravy

            • Half Roast Chook$28.00

              w/ crinkle cut chips, chicken smaltz, squash purée, crispy sage & gravy

              Special

              • Valenca Pork Loin$28.00

                w/ pepperonata & crispy roast potatoes

                Extras

                • Loaded Chips$12.00

                  w/ meaty gravy & cheese

                  • Chips$8.00

                    • Yorkshire Pudding$3.00

                      • Roasties$3.00

                        • Greens$3.00

                          • Gravy$2.00

                            Dessert

                            • Chocolate Torte$12.00

                              w/ drunken cherries

                              Bubbles

                              • NV Fizzy Rascal, Regional VIC$9.00

                                • 2018 La Prova Prosecco, King Valley VIC$69.00

                                  White

                                  • NV Blondie' Semillon/Sauv Blanc, Regional VIC$8.50

                                    • 2019 The Pass, Sauv Blanc, Marlborough NZ$11.00

                                      • 2018 Gran Sasso, Pinot Grigio, Abruzzo Italy$10.00

                                        • 2018 Hesketh Watervale, Riesling, Clare Valley SA$12.00

                                          • 2018 Wickhams Road, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley VIC$13.00

                                            Rose

                                            • 2019 Syrah, Grenache, McLaren Vale SA$12.00

                                              Red

                                              Take Away

                                              • NV Talking Reds' Cab/Merlot, Regional VIC$8.50

                                                • 2018 Pike & Joyce, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills SA$15.00

                                                  • 2018 Gran Sasso, Montepulciano, Abruzzo Italy$12.00

                                                    • 2018 Lucarrelli, Primitivo, Puglia Italy$11.00

                                                      • 2017 Blood & Courage, Shiraz, Barossa Valley SA$14.00

                                                        Can

                                                        • Moonbeam, Kiwi & Ginger Sour$14.00

                                                          • Young Henry's, Stayer$10.00

                                                            • Melbourne Bitter, Long Neck$13.00

                                                              • Maltos, Alcoholic Ginger Beer$12.00

                                                                Bodriggy Tinnies

                                                                $10

                                                                • Utropia, Pale Ale

                                                                  • Speccy Juice, Session IPA

                                                                    • Mandymuck, Mandarin & Choc Stout

                                                                      Tap

                                                                      • Bodriggy, Lager$6.00

                                                                        • Bodriggy NEIPA$7.00

                                                                          • Bodriggy, Space Milk$6.00

                                                                            Sour Cherry, Cola & Lemon

                                                                            • Bodriggy, Fuzzy Dance$6.00

                                                                              Explosion Hazy Tropical Sour

                                                                              • Blinker, English Dark Ale$6.00

                                                                                • Single Fin, Summer Ale$6.00

                                                                                  • Young Henry's, Pale Ale$6.00

                                                                                    • Young Henry's, Cider$6.00

                                                                                      • Atomic IPA$7.00

                                                                                        Fancy G&T's

                                                                                        • Never Never Triple Juniper$16.00

                                                                                          Rosemary, Juniper Berries & Aromatic Tonic

                                                                                          • Gin Mare$18.00

                                                                                            Thyme, Orange & Mediterranean Tonic

                                                                                            • Patient Wolf$16.00

                                                                                              Mint, Star Anise, Ruby Grapefruit & Mediterranean Tonic

                                                                                              • Hendricks$16.00

                                                                                                Peppercorns, Cucumber, Celery Bitters & Indian Tonic

                                                                                                Classics

                                                                                                $20

                                                                                                • Negroni

                                                                                                  Gin, Campari & Sweet Vermouth

                                                                                                  • Margarita

                                                                                                    Tequila, Triple Sec & Lime

                                                                                                    • Espresso Martini

                                                                                                      Vodka, Kahlua & Coffee

                                                                                                      • Whisky Sour

                                                                                                        Whisky, Lemon & Egg White

                                                                                                        • South Side

                                                                                                          Gin, Mint & Lime

                                                                                                          Last updated: 17 October 2020

                                                                                                          What 24 people are saying

                                                                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                          4.4
                                                                                                          4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                          • 4Food
                                                                                                          • 4.1Service
                                                                                                          • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                                          • 4Value

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                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 19 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                            More like a noisy dive bar than a place to go to eat. Friendly service. Can barely hear the person sitting across the table from you.

                                                                                                          2. W

                                                                                                            Waldron

                                                                                                            London

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall4food1service3ambience4

                                                                                                            It may be due to COVID but there wasn’t much of the menu available. The steak was extremely tough and grissly.

                                                                                                          3. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                            Great time there

                                                                                                          4. NL

                                                                                                            NicholasL

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            The staff at the Rochester Hotel were all so lovely, warm and welcoming, and they truly went above and beyond to ensure that my large group and I all had a great time. Nothing was too much trouble for Benoît, James and the entire team, and their attentive yet accommodating service meant that we had the best afternoon. Add to the fact that they also had an amazing happy hour with brilliant drinks specials, which went down a treat! I’ll definitely be back at the Rochey soon - cheers legends!

                                                                                                          5. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We had a great night catching up with friends. The food was fabulous and the staff were exceptional. (Thanks James). We were the oldest there by about 40 years (!) which was fun. It was so good to see all the gorgeous young people back having such a happy night out.

                                                                                                          6. R

                                                                                                            Russ

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                                            Meals were pretty pricey for what we had, would go for drinks again but not to eat

                                                                                                          7. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                            We loved The Rochey! The big tables make it perfect for large groups, just wished you guys were open longer on a Saturday night as that is what’s advertised online!

                                                                                                          8. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 29 October 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Amazing Atmosphere and Amazing Vibes The service was absolute second to none as well. A few people were on their first shifts and they were simply incredible to us Can’t believe I’ve never been to this pub before but it’s criminally under rated!

                                                                                                          9. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Adelaide

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 31 July 2021

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            Horrible!!!! Our first time at the Rochester and will not be going back. I had pre booked earlier in the week and was asked by the manager if we would be having dinner or drinks, I advised him mainly drinks but we may order food also. When we arrived they took us to our table.. which was outside in the small back garden..whilst it was absolutely pouring with rain - under a small umbrella. We were a group of six trying to make the best of a bad situation but the table and chairs were all absolutely soaking. We asked to be moved as we could not sit there. The manager was extremely rude and aggressive. Explaining that because we were not having dinner that’s where they sat us - regardless of the extreme weather and the fact that I did say we may order food - that was our allocated table. In the end another small table became available inside which we could use, however the rudeness of the manager was incredibly shocking. Addressing that it was OUR fault for booking for drinks? Complete lack of customer care and understanding in this situation. Note to the Rochester- don’t assign bookings to tables you know are not protected in the rain?? Or advise your guests in advance so they have the opportunity to change their plans? Will not be returning to this venue

                                                                                                          10. BS

                                                                                                            BreeS

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 16 May 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            The bar and wait staff were friendly and attentive, plus the food was great. We sat by the open fireplace which was so lovely on a cold night.

                                                                                                          11. k

                                                                                                            kirsteenm

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 16 May 2021

                                                                                                            overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                                                            On Sundays there is no table service, so you have to order drinks and food at the bar, and unfortunately, we were seated under the speakers for the sound system, so it was hard to have a conversation across the table as it was very hard to hear what friends were saying. The dogs loved getting many pats and cuddles, the food was brilliant and I loved the nulled wine.

                                                                                                          12. SR

                                                                                                            ShelbyR

                                                                                                            Manchester

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 7 March 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Absolutely great afternoon - super friendly & attentive staff, knew how to keep us happy! Loved it.

                                                                                                          13. L

                                                                                                            Laura

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 24 February 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            we sat in the beer garden which was a nice vibe and the mushroom burger was great. $6 bodriggy larger on tap during happy hour too :)

                                                                                                          14. SG

                                                                                                            SamanthaG

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 21 February 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            The best value bottomless brunch I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere was great and the drinks were constantly flowing - highly recommend!

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                                                                                                            DuaneJ

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 7 February 2021

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Good modern energy in the Rochy! Great to see it turn around after a few quiet years. Looking forward to heading there outside of a special event (Was there for Superbowl Monday)

                                                                                                          16. C

                                                                                                            Colin

                                                                                                            Denver

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 20 January 2021

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            Service was appalling, food was inedible (2 of our party were sick after it) and pub quiz was average. This place used to do great Indian food with an awesome selection of beers on tap but it’s gone seriously downhill. Don’t bother.

                                                                                                          17. DO

                                                                                                            DOStk

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 13 December 2020

                                                                                                            overall3food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                            Excellent service and very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and great portion sizes... the bottomless brunch was rather alcohol less though, they were quick with the drinks but it was really just two hours of fruit juice! The place was a fun space and looked great. Would come back for the food but not the bottomless brunch.

                                                                                                          18. C

                                                                                                            Chris

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 12 December 2020

                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Great vibe with great people. The food was nice but could have had more selection, can't complain though

                                                                                                          19. H

                                                                                                            Harrison

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 5 December 2020

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            Poor overpriced food. Not accepting cash. Incorrect drinks brought to table.

                                                                                                          20. KA

                                                                                                            KellyA

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 20 November 2020

                                                                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                            Great vibe delicious and different bar snacks

                                                                                                          21. DO

                                                                                                            DanielO

                                                                                                            Melbourne

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 19 November 2020

                                                                                                            overall4food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                            Had the porterhouse steak special, and instead of medium rare, came out closer to blue rare. Side of baked potato and broccoli was a bit basic. Didn't fit the $30 'special' price. Service was very good though

                                                                                                          22. MK

                                                                                                            MathewK

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 14 November 2020

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Good food, music and beer. Staff attentive and friendly. Great atmosphere.

                                                                                                          23. K

                                                                                                            Katrina

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on 13 November 2020

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                            The service was amazing! The waitresses were very accommodating

                                                                                                          24. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTableDiner

                                                                                                            Perth

                                                                                                            49 reviews

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                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            49 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on 8 November 2020

                                                                                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                            A lovely sunny Sunday afternoon spent in The Rochey's beer garden. We got along really well with all the staff who were down to earth, attentive, friendly and funny. A few of the drinks we tried to order were unavailable which was a shame but didn't dampen the overall experience. We both participated in the 2 course set menu, between us ordering the chargrilled cauliflower, chorizo chipolata, roast chook, fish of the day and sharing the 'choc & pash' dessert. All tasty but the cauliflower was TO DIE FOR.

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                                                                                                          Rochester Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 24 OpenTable diners

                                                                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                                                                                          Google Map for Rochester Hotel

                                                                                                          202 Johnston Street Fitzroy, AU-VIC 3065

                                                                                                          • Area

                                                                                                            Fitzroy

                                                                                                          • Hours of Operation

                                                                                                            Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
                                                                                                            Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am
                                                                                                            Sat 2:00 pm–1:00 am
                                                                                                            Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                                                            Pub, Beer Garden

                                                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                                                            Casual Dining

                                                                                                          • Dress Code

                                                                                                            Casual Dress

                                                                                                          • Public Transit

                                                                                                            Tram 11 stop 16

                                                                                                          • Payment Options

                                                                                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                          • Additional

                                                                                                            Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                                                            (03) 9419 0166

                                                                                                          • Catering

                                                                                                            Casual, friendly people serving classic pub grub and a bar offering to match.

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