Steve Lavell wants people to stay in Maylands. So much so that the newly-minted publican spent two years building Henry on Eighth, a multifunctional space offering breakfast, coffee, cake, cocktails and after-work drinks.
“I was always after a space that wasn’t intimidating to anyone,” says Lavell. “Small bar or cafe, I wanted something that could accommodate both settings where people would feel comfortable.” Despite the name, owner Lavell isn’t obsessed with royalty. He simply wanted the venue referenced by something masculine. “Henry” rolled off the tongue nicely.
From the wall featuring other famous Henrys (Winkler, Rollins, Lawson) to queens including Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I, everything at Henry’s is connected. Henry the Eighth’s love of gambling is referenced in the “Long Live the King” artwork, which sees photos of Las Vegas street signs forming each letter in the phrase.
Chef Nathan Tulip, meanwhile, is taking a different kind of inspiration from the cafe’s loose theme. The brunch menu includes The King’s Sandwich, a hunger-busting sanger packing two meats, a fried egg, smoked mozzarella and pickles. On the evening menu, the Fool’s Gold - two peanut butter and bacon brioche sliders - is a nod to a favoured snack of Elvis Presley, another king. Local Maylands businesses Hampshire on Eighth and The Woodfired Baker supply meat and bread, respectively.
To drink, choose from two tap beers or a solid packaged selection including local Core Cider from Pickering Brook and a gluten-free pale ale from Wilde. Almost every bottle on the well-rounded wine list is available by the glass while - happy days! - Mano a Mano coffee is available until the doors close. “Even as a patron, I got sick of going to venues where the coffee machine is off at 8pm,” says Lavell.
Henry on Eighth
49 Eighth Avenue, Maylands facebook.com/henryon8th