Sitchu BlogEAT & DRINKSydney’s Trending Gastropubs

Posted 21 Feb 17

The Tilbury
The Dolphin
The Tilbury
The Newport
The Dolphin
The Bellevue
Hotel Palisade
The Bellevue
Hotel Palisade
3 Weeds

Sydney’s Trending Gastropubs

Fine dining is no longer the territory of haughty harbourside restaurants; the gastropub phenomenon has well and truly taken hold of Sydney, thanks to our relentless quest for excellent food without the pomp…we are rejoicing. With such a surplus of top-drawer pub dining at our fingertips, the choice can be overwhelming. We’ve stepped in to guide you through the best on offer in Sydney right now…

The Four In Hand

The Four In Hand is an undeniable leader in the gastro-pub stakes. The roast bone marrow with mushrooms and hazelnuts and the crab toast with fennel, chives and crackling set the inventive-pub-fare tone, while the Macleay Valley rabbit pappardelle cements the chic-pub vibe. For the carnivores, the lamb shoulder for two with salsa verde and your choice of two sides is a must try! 

105 Sutherland Street, Paddington

The Bellevue

The Bellevue’s modern European menu makes a rule of offering seasonal, fresh produce to create dishes that are several cuts above your run-of-the-mill pub fare. The seared scallops with house bacon, fennel and apple butter lead the way for entrées, while the duck breast with honey glazed fennel and black garlic is a mainstay for the mains.

159 Hargrave Street, Paddington

The Tilbury

A veritable fine dining destination, Woolloomooloo’s favourite ‘chic pub’ is renowned for its carefully designed modern Australian offering, featuring plenty of seafood and top-shelf produce. Freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters make for moreish snacks while the beetroot cured kingfish ceviche will leave your tongue tingling for more. The Morrocan spiced Cowra lamb leg rounds out the indulgent experience seamlessly.

12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo

The Lord Nelson

A delightfully comforting pub experience, The Lord Nelson in The Rocks has provided Sydneysiders with Australian cuisine and an acclaimed wine list year on year. Established in 1841, the historic pub is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel, and the contemporary Australian dishes come thick and fast, with the pan-fried corn-fed chicken breast with creamy leeks and parma prosciutto is the hero of the mains. 

19 Kent Street, The Rocks

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Hotel Palisade

Hotel Palisade has a way of seducing every patron that walks through its doors. From the character-laden charms of the Public House on ground floor to the plush styling of the rooftop Henry Deane. A step back from quintessential pub-grub, the Public House menu lists dishes more along the lines of the potted smoked salmon pâté or beef rump soba noodle salad.

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point

The Newport

The Newport by Merivale is made up of a handful of food stalls that give the venue a chilled, village marketplace vibe. A sprawling outdoor deck is a perfect spot to graze through a bucket of fresh prawns or a dozen freshly shucked oysters. The virtuous may be inclined to try the tuna poke before succumbing to the lure of a Vinnie’s Pizza. 

2 Kalinya Street, Newport

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Hotel Centennial

Overlooking Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, Hotel Centennial does relaxed sophistication faultlessly, with a cracking menu to match. Showcasing modern comfort food with fine dining flair, The Centennial opens its arms to those looking for a touch of gastronomical TLC. The grilled chicken paillard with summer vegetable Panzanella and the lamb cutlets scottadito with crushed potatoes, salmoriglio and rocket are both delectable.

88 Oxford Street, Woollahra

The Unicorn

This art deco pub is the place making it ok to stick with old-school pub food and just do it well. Liven up a game of pool with a chico roll or a Vili’s meat pie with mash and peas. The pork neck with herb stuffing with bacon is a more substantial option, while the 350gram ‘Fancy Steak’ gives the meat-obsessed something to devour.

106 Oxford Street, Paddington

The Dolphin

The Dolphin is the place to head if you’re after a swish meal in a trendy venue without the price tag. Counter meals including the fusilli puttanesca and chicken ‘Cotsu’ burger are indicative of the top-notch, fuss-free eats of the Public Bar. Head deeper and you’ll find the treat of the Dining Room, serving dishes like the whole market fish or the king prawn rigatoni.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

The 3 Weeds

Behind elegantly draped lush green vines, the 3 Weeds in Rozelle has long been known for its restaurant’s impeccable dining offering; consistently providing fresh, local and seasonal dishes adored by discerning Sydneysiders. An in-house herb and veggie garden helps the kitchen create meals of unparalleled freshness, while the understated public bar makes for the perfect, relaxed spot for an aperitif.

197 Evans Street, Rozelle

The Paddington

Another Paddington venue catering to the refined palates of Sydney, The Paddington combines cocktail bar vibe into a fine dining experience effortlessly – we’ve come to expect no less from Merivale. Rotisserie meats, fish and vegetables of fine-dining quality are served up in a laidback atmosphere, making it the perfect place to lounge for an entire Saturday afternoon.

384 Oxford Street, Paddington

White Cockatoo Hotel

Good food, good wine, good beer, good times. The White Cockatoo, emerged from the remains of West Village to claim its place as the area’s favourite Sunday hang. For entrée, try the truffled pecorino fries or calamari fritti, and for mains, we bend over backwards for the blue swimmer crab risotto.

30 Terminus Street, Petersham


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