Hope and Anchor
This heritage-listed Paddington cottage is set out in the style of a coastal English pub – something you might find in Cornwall or Devon. There’s plenty of space for punters to pull up a chair and while away a few hours. The low lights and rich wood interior of the main bar dials up the intimacy, perfect for a quiet session overseen by a small collection of taxidermy and vintage photography. A large downstairs courtyard and a second level of booths complement the central bar. Wooden tables line the footpath outside.
On tap, there’s a strong Australian line-up of beers, including the Gold Coast’s Balter and Sydney’s Young Henrys. Wine comes by the glass or bottle and is offered across pink, white, red and bubbles. Top-shelf spirits and a small cocktail menu give the bar menu some depth.
Food is a collection of simple bar snacks, sandwiches (the chip butty goes well with an ale) and more substantial plates. A classic steak or half-baby chicken with truffle-sausage gravy and Dutch cream-potato mash makes for a more substantial meal, but it’s the small plates that make the most sense, shared between a table and over a few rounds of drinks. There’s mussels steamed in white wine, but The Devil’s Horseback, a blue cheese-stuffed date wrapped in bacon, is also a must.