The Duke of Enmore
The Duke of Enmore temporarily closed due to Covid-19 at the beginning of 2020 and its owners left the business. Thankfully, Thorpe Hospitality (The Taphouse, The Oxford Tavern) announced it was taking over The Duke and giving it the reboot it deserves, with local beers, natural wines, “stiff and strong” cocktails, and classic Australian pub grub.
Things have been shaken up a little bit. The DJ deck is gone (replaced by a small stage for live music) and the wooden canteen window of a bar has been stripped back and opened up completely. The back room’s had a refresh as well. The retro carpet remains. And all the pokies have been ditched in favour of proper games, with Big Buck Hunter and other arcade titles buzzing alongside the pool table.
In the kitchen, the group’s executive chef Adam Cremona is pumping out steaks, parmies and smashed-beef patty burgers, plus a completely vegan menu of pub classics. He’s also putting an Aussie spin on the Taphouse’s award-winning Sunday roast – that means tender lamb served with a house-baked dinner roll, and cold pasta salad, cheesy cauliflower or potato bake on the side.