Mike Enright and Julian Train of Sydney gin bar The Barber Shop are teaming up once again. This time, to bring the classic 19th century English tavern to Sydney. “We want to create the ultimate public house,” says Enright.
The Duke of Clarence will be tucked away in the alley next door to The Barber Shop. After a full refurbishment, the finished product will be cosy: dark wood panelling, Victorian-era tiles, a library corner and a fireplace. A sizeable amount of the pub’s furnishings will be brought over from the UK, including six vintage porcelain beer taps and an oil painting of the pub’s mascot, the Duke of Clarence.
The Duke would go on to become William IV, the King of England. Clarence Street, the street the alley runs off, was named after him. “We really liked that bit of history, and liked the way the name linked Australia to the history we are referencing in our pub,” Enright says.
This drinks list includes cask ales, period-inspired warm cocktails in winter and an exhaustive selection of spirits brewed in the British Isles. Of the 500 spirits they will have behind the bar, the vast majority of them will be British gins, Scotches and Irish whiskies (along with a few wines, clerics, ports, sherries and cognacs sourced from across the Channel, in France).
For a bite to eat, customers can look forward to share plates of British dishes with a twist. Customers of The Barber Shop will be able to order from the Duke of Clarence’s menu.
Duke of Clarence is slated to open in late October at 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney.