The name New Ivanhoe Hotel is a delightful contradiction in terms. Little has changed at this Blue Mountains pub in 70 years. It’s located at 231 Great Western Highway, Blackheath.

Ivanhoe Hotel Lounge
I think that’s coal dust on the bricks!

I’ve been working on my new book here recently. The pub has just the right atmosphere for a biography spanning the years 1920 – 1950.

Ivanhoe Hotel at Blackheath
Tea and toast.
New Ivanhoe Hotel

The Ivanhoe has had some famous guests over the years, including this sporty trio in 1933;

I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Harold walk through the door! Incidentally, this was during the infamous ‘Bodyline’ series, which England won 4/1.

OLD-FASHIONED FARE!

The food on offer is unpretentious. Forget a miniscule sliver of black truffle on an organic, King Island quail’s egg.

Menu sign at the New Ivanhoe Hotel in Blackheath
A FORK PAST SEVEN ……..OR A KNIFE TO THREE A BIT BEHIND EITHER WAY

Advertising board at the New Ivanhoe Hotel ,Blackheath
Where’s the sauce?

That ‘special’ looks pretty good value don’t you think?

Do you know what? The fish was great, in batter as light as a feather. My partner wanted to know what sort of fish it was. Oh for heavens sake……I don’t think it’s his sort of eatery It was served with decent chips, and (best of all) a salad made with good old iceberg lettuce. None of those peppery (ie bitter) leaves of weeds with stalks that stick in your throat!

Lunch at the Ivanhoe Hotel in Blackheath
CAN’T BEAT FISH’N’CHIPS!

Children’s meals all come with a dixie cup ice-cream. I was sorely tempted to order one.

By the way, the song being played as I ate was ‘How Great Thou Art’. It happened to be Sunday, so seemed appropriate, even if it was a co-incidence. I love that old hymn.

THE PIES!

UPDATE — I have since tried a chicken and mushroom pie. Lovely flaky pastry and good, chunky filling. In the true spirit of the Ivanhoe it was completely unadorned! $10 with a pot of tea. My word that sea salt is a worry though. Verging on gourmet!

Chicken pie at the New Ivanhoe Hotlel.
I SHOULD HAVE ODERED SOME PEAS!

Psst….the ladies loo still has galvanized water cisterns and pull chains.

Vintage loos at the New Ivanhoe Hotel.

I’m not sure whether you were the first licencee Mr Shepperd, but the old place is still going strong, well the new one is. The original Ivanhoe burned down.

Ivanhoe hotel sign at Blackheath
Love that telephone number!
Old Ivanhoe Hotel, dated 1905
THE ORIGINAL HOTEL….POSTCARD DATED 1905

The busiest time the pub ever had was in the autumn of 1949, when the public visited in droves to see A NORMAN LINDSAY NUDE.

4 Comments
  1. How wonderful! Pity I’m not nearer. I’d be visiting it like a shot. Is it still a hotel? or just a pub? Whatever it is, it looks perfect, and loved the unpretentious food too!

    • Pauline

      Yes, still a hotel. Bargain price of $75 per night. What’s that….about 30 quid? One bad review said that kill English backpackers and serve them up in the bistro!

  2. Love the article Pauline. My hubby and I took the kids a couple of times on the school holidays for lunch at The Ivanhoe a quaint pub. I did not know they had dixie ice cream cups! I use to love those as a kid. Good luck with the new book I am sure you will do amazing! 🙂

    • Pauline

      Thanks for taking the trouble to leave a comment, and for your good wishes.

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