The closing of The Carrington pub last year left a hole in Surry Hills’ casual dining and drinking scene. But, good news, as it’s about to reopen, offering a more relaxed and accessible vibe.
“It is going to be a really good backstreet local pub,” says Luke Butler, who’s opening the venue with co-owner Roger Gregg and general manager Tom Harrison (ex-Kitchen by Mike). The pub is the first venture by the pair, who worked together previously at the Keystone Group. “It all happened very suddenly,” Butler says, “We saw the advertisement online, went to have a look at the building and then signed the lease two days later.”
Acknowledging the popularity of the previous Drink’n’Dine tenants, the pub will be targeted to the locals, with a casual service and style, as well as a menu that is accessible. “We did not take a fancy route,” Butler says, “It will be a classic pub menu with good, honest, tasty food.” The interior, designed by Sydney architect Lucy Humphrey, will feature three main areas, The Bourke Street Bar, The Poke – an intimate space – and The Arthur Street garden bar. The pub will be situated in the downstairs area only, with the upstairs no longer part of the establishment.
The menu will be Euro-inspired, designed by Glebe Point Diner’s Alex Kearns and head chef Jon Cowan. Dishes will include chicken liver parfait, panzanella and a standout ricotta gnocchi. “It’s phenomenal,” Butler laughs. As any good pub should, the menu will also feature a burger; with Butler believing it will be a worthy addition to the cramped Sydney burger scene, “I think it’s going to be one of the best burgers Sydney,” Butler says, “it is a classic cheese burger, that is really well constructed.”
The cocktail list will be sharp and succinct, with three cocktails and three pitchers, as well as seasonal cocktails influenced by the kitchen. Tap beers will include Stone & Wood, Rocks Brewing Co and Little Creature’s new summer beer. Drinks will be rounded off with a solid wine list, featuring both domestic and European wines.
The Carrington will open at midday, Friday October 9.