There’s no denying that we Sydneysiders love our food. And while we’ll always have a soft spot for a classic parma at our local, every so often we like our pub sessions infused with a bit more class and some sophisticated eats. So a good gastropub, with an impressive wine list and splurge-worthy menu, always comes in handy. Tonight, get out there and treat yourself, with our pick of Sydney’s best gastropubs.
The Carrington Gastropubs
A nod to the traditional gastropubs of the UK, The Carrington is a firm foodie favourite, delivering some very big things in the flavour department. Here, expect to find all the classics, done well; from house-made pies, and rosemary jus lamb shanks, through to a hefty ploughman’s platter that’s primed for grazing sessions. Backing up the food is an Aussie-led wine list and plenty of local craft brews.
The Bellevue Gastropubs
This Paddington gastropub is both elegant weekend party playground and upscale dining destination, with a little something to suit every mood. The restaurant menu is refined, without being stuffy, featuring the likes of globe artichokes with goats curd, and tender beef brisket with soubise and onion rings. Match your meal with a drop from the extensive wine list, or one of the bar’s fun signature cocktails.
The Buena
The Buena Gastropubs
A 2016 revamp saw this one-time tradie pub transformed into a classy eating and drinking destination, complete with standout gastropub menu and stylish space, both befitting its Mosman address. The Bistro Moncur kitchen’s plating up Frenchy chic gems like lobster bisque, confit duck cassoulet and hand-cut steak tartare, to sit alongside elegant signature cocktails and a French-leaning wine list.
The Paddington
The Paddington Gastropubs
If anyone knows how to nail that mix of modern pub and foodie haunt, it’s the folks at Merivale; and indeed, they’ve ticked all the right boxes with their Oxford Street gastropub. With an ex-Noma chef heading up the kitchen, expect some pretty memorable dishes, like a duck heart and jalapeno tortilla, pork belly with celeriac and apple, and a delectable dessert of olive oil cake with ewes curd and sorbet.
The London Hotel
The London Hotel Gastropubs
At its stylish upstairs restaurant, East London, this Paddington gastropub delivers upscale dining with a contemporary Asian twist, its menus inspired by the punchy flavours of Shanghai and Sichuan cuisine. Head on up for dishes like bug meat and prawn wontons, and chilli caramel pork belly, matched with clever Asian-inspired cocktails. Lemongrass & Coconut Sour, anyone?
The Tilbury Hotel Gastropubs
Equally loved for its elegant gastropub offering and its chic, upstairs bar and deck, The Tilbury ticks plenty of boxes. Soak up the breezy sophistication of the dining room, indulging in the likes of baked queen scallops, and braised beef cheek with truffle polenta, before heading up for sunset cocktails and DJ tunes on the balcony.
The Riverview Hotel Gastropubs
The dining room at this award-winning Balmain pub is a destination in itself, plating up some pretty sensational seasonal fare. The menu’s contemporary and creative, featuring dishes like an asparagus mousse with quail egg, and a baby goat’s pie with crushed peas and cima de rapa. Wash it all down with a few drops from the considered, global wine list, or one of the bar’s elegant cocktails.
The Dolphin
Surry Hills
The Dolphin Gastropubs
The newly refurbished Dolphin Hotel puts its own spin on the gastropub concept, featuring eye-catching designer interiors to match its contemporary, Italian-leaning wine bar and restaurant. The dining room menu boasts plenty of modern Euro delights – like lasagne made with Camden Valley veal and a decadent Blue Swimmer Crab spaghetti – backed by some great Italian wines.
Hotel Centennial
Hotel Centennial Gastropubs
It’s all about the fine dining, exciting wines and parkland views at this Woollahra gastropub, where the service is flawless and the fitout is schmick. Justin North heads the kitchen, delivering a produce-driven menu of contemporary comfort food, with the likes of roast scallops with carrot puree and a Wagyu beef and ale pie guaranteed to get mouths watering.
The Four In Hand Hotel Gastropubs
With an exciting team at the helm, this Paddington gastropub guarantees a top-notch dining experience. Choose from comfort food classics in the front bar, or smart, globally-inspired dishes in the restaurant, indulging in the likes of duck liver parfait, goats cheese ravioli, and gorgeous meats from the charcoal grill. Backing it up, the wine list boasts a solid mix of local and European labels.
3 Weeds
3 Weeds Gastropubs
With both a comfy front bar and a sophisticated restaurant, this Rozelle gastropub has all the bases covered. The food here has picked up a swag of awards, the menu centred around modern European cuisine and starring produce fresh from the pub’s own backyard. Think, bouillabaisse, a slow-cooked lamb shoulder, and a mixed mushroom risotto, matched with a bottle of French pinot.
Surry Hills
4Fourteen Gastropubs
If you’re a diehard foodie who loves a bit of nose-to-tail dining and very good wine, this Surry Hills gastropub is a must visit. The menu speaks to some very talented hands in the kitchen, featuring gems like a duck liver and bacon jaffle, whole flounder with burnt butter, and a minted lamb shoulder teamed with colcannon. Don’t miss the top-notch selection of signature cocktails.