Harlow

Wednesday
12:00pm - 11:00pm
447 Church Street Richmond 3121

The Great Britain Hotel was a rock’n’roll pub, dark and grungy and with music at its heart.

In January 2019 it was transformed into the slick Harlow by the people behind St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel, and city bars State of Grace and Trinket).

The graffiti mural leading off the main bar remains but otherwise Harlow’s design is clean, light and fresh. There’s white wall tiling, exposed brick and stained wooden tables. The beer garden has bleacher-style terraced seating and room for 250. The bottom of the garden leads into the snug basement bar. It's a quiet, cpmpact, late-night cocktail area.

The menu is food designed to drink with. Most of it's to eat with your hands and to share.

Start with Shark Bay crab doughnuts with crème fraiche, cheeseburger empanadas with pickles, beef-brisket tacos or duck sausage rolls. Mains include a classic cheeseburger with crinkle-cut chips and a chicken katsu sandwich. There’s also a meatball melt loaded with smoked mozzarella, with chips on the side. You can also pre-order an esky of beer.

There’s a decent little wine list, mostly light, easy-drinkers, with heavier drops in the minority. Crunchy pinot grigio and juicy grenache come from producers including Victoria’s Mister Fox and McLaren Vale’s Alpha Box & Dice. On the taps you’ll find Furphy and Brooklyn Lager, and there’s a smattering of local tins in the fridge (Kaiju, Stomping Ground). Cocktails are fruity and fresh. The Gin ‘n’ Juice is Four Pillars gin with elderflower and cranberry, and the Feel Good Hit of the Summer gets really boozy with vodka, gin, white tequila, triple sec and grapefruit.

Updated: February 12th, 2020

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