The old winery— as the locals call it— in Bonney Lake is once again home to a restaurant and bar. Gordon and Purdy’s Public House opened this week in the building that’s about halfway up the Highway 410 hill into Bonney Lake.
Gordon and Purdy’s feels more pub than restaurant. It’s a Sounders-themed establishment with a menu of about 30 imported and craft beers and European-American pub fare.
Beginning in the 1970s, that building housed the Baron Manfred von Vierthaler Winery and Restaurant, which gave the building its nickname. More recently, until 2010, Burgers International operated upstairs, while a pizzeria operated downstairs. Gordon and Purdy’s is occupying only that downstairs space. Find the entrance on the downhill side of the building.
The pub carries the same names as its listed owners, Gordon Hayashi and Lloyd Bruce Purdy. Consider this a pub with an eye on soccer and sports fans. Just about every corner is filled with a flat panel television and Sounders memorabilia is everywhere.
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Beer swillers can look forward to a list split between Northwest craft beers and imported European taps, with representation from England, Ireland and Germany.
The menu mirrors that European emphasis with British Isles specialties that include fried cod ($15) and pub chips (yes, there’s vinegar on the table); shepherd’s pie with ground lamb ($14) and bangers and mash ($13). Austrian goulash with spaetzle ($13) also was listed So was German jaeger schnitzel ($15), a dish that could become my favorite, a broad swath of a pork cutlet pounded thin and fried in a crunchy jacket and coated in a boozy mushroom gravy, served with a warm German potato salad and pickled cabbage (the only disappointment).
Also find pizza ($8-$14) from the restaurant’s stone oven and burgers and sandwiches ($7-$11).
Children are allowed, but the menu and atmosphere are much better for grownups.