Lunch: Join Percy and the usual Almanac suspects on April 29 for the first lunch of the season.

The Footy Almanac lunches are now being held at the North Fitzroy Arms, a brilliant pub which has featured in my writing for over a decade.

When I first came to live in Melbourne I discovered the pub – that’s another story – and have been going there ever since.

It’s now owned by Paul Fink and Percy Jones. They have lunches, usually with a special guest, on any Friday with an odd-numbered date. They call them the Odd Friday Lunch – they are excellent.

Traditionally the Almanac has held a lunch on the last Friday of each month.

This year we will continue to have a monthly lunch but we will fit in with the odd number pattern. So one lunch each month at the North Fitzroy Arms will be organised by us.

The first of these is comes up next week.


When:  Friday, April 29, 12.30 for 1pm

Where: North Fitzroy Arms, corner of Reid and Rae Streets, North Fitzroy

Cost:  $40 which includes three courses and drinks at standard bar prices Menu for April 29:

Menu:  Entree – Orecchiette pasta with pork, fennel & pecorino cheese; Main – Duck breast with a warm lentil salad; Dessert – Creme caramel with brandied mandarin fruit salad. (vegetarian options are available)

Speakers: Percy Jones and John Harms


This is the coming together of two fine stables of top-class lunchers.

Come along and enjoy Percy’s hospitality, and put in a bold showing for the Almanac.

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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. I’ll be there. Percy is always entertaining even when he’s not trying to be.

  2. E.regnans says

    Looking forward to it, Dips.

    Sometimes the sun just shines..
    Making hay.

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