Named after a notorious standover man and a matron well known for her personal charity, the story goes that ‘Alfie’ and ‘Hetty’ were neighbours at the double-fronted Glebe Point Road terrace location in the early 1920s. Local archives, newspaper clippings and a spiritual cleanser all contributed to uncovering the Alfie & Hetty story, which is right at home in the National Trust-listed terrace, which dates back to 1883.

Owned by John Tydeman and Draginja Kasap, the restaurant portion of the venue is named for Hetty and serves a roast that is inspired by the roasts of Hetty Stapleton, who was renowned for sharing her cooking with locals. Head chef Mujib Khan is in the kitchen and the menu has a special section dedicated to Hetty’s roasts for two.

While the nifty upstairs bar area is named for Alfie White in honour of the speakeasy that he reportedly ran from his own upstairs rooms back in the day, today it’s perfect for sipping on a more legal colony cocktail or a sidecar.

Alfie & Hefty is also host to live jazz on Sunday nights from 6 to 9pm.

Updated: February 21st, 2018

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