A delightful and restored sandstone heritage pub, Coogee Common is a Perth favourite set in the middle of 2000 square meters of kitchen gardens. Their Pavilion-like dining spaces, a modern dining room using materials such as lime-white rammed earth and recycled timbers, and the indoor/outdoor deck are perfect for relaxing family friendly dining. Their menu is built around seasonal produce picked from the extensive gardens onsite pollinated by resident bees, harvested daily and served with sister-venue Bread In Commons wood fired bread. Take home a bit of Coogee Common with you from the Farm Shop. The organically grown and hand-made jar preserves are made from the surplus harvest from the gardens each season.
Coogee Common is an easy sell. Both restaurants are big; housed in restored, historic spaces; and care deeply about produce and producers. Coogee Common takes this thoughtful approach to ingredients one step further with a serious kitchen garden growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, and honey.
Their menu at Coogee Common reflects whatever gets cultivated on the day. The “today’s garden pick” starter, for instance, might feature dainty radishes and shaved carrots dressed in lemon and olive oil, served with whipped tahini and dukkah. Other potential offerings are rye crackers served with Manjimup trout rillettes and trout roe or broccoli rabe and charcoal-roasted lamb served over pappardelle.
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Coogee Common Story
Built in 1894, the Coogee Hotel, or ‘Four-Mile Well’, was a meeting place for local market gardeners, quarry, and shipping workers, four miles from Fremantle.
Overlooking Coogee beach, whose name derives from the Noongar boodja word for ‘body of water’, the hotel hosted picnics, horse races, community gatherings, and holidaymakers and travelers in their tea rooms, until the 1920s. During the 1930s and 40s, the hotel was used as an orphanage by the Anglican Church and remained so until the 70s, when it was taken over by Main Roads.
Since then, it has stood sentinel over Coogee Beach, empty and waiting for a new life.
In 2018, they saw the potential of the old Coogee Hotel site, the heritage buildings, and their grounds. They devoted countless hours to reviving the abandoned site and building new gardens and kitchens while preserving the character of the landmark location for generations to come. Their team of gardeners has tirelessly rehabilitated the land, cultivating our terraced gardens. They are rescued olive trees from Gingin, fig trees from Scarborough, and Shiraz vines from Margaret River.
They’re adding a new chapter to a story that started long before they did, and gardens that they hope will grow after them.
In addition to the dining room menu, a smaller “pickings” menu is served in the pub. There are snacks – such as marinated olives and lupins; sliced, cured meats; and vegan and non-vegetarian share plates – and a daily counter meal. Jams, chutneys, and sauces are available to take away from the farm shop. Nightly garden tours – including dinner, a welcome drink, and a guided walk around the property – can be booked and set and tasting menus are also available.
371 Cockburn Rd, Coogee WA 6166
0451 830 371
Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 11:30pm