The Lord Dudley Hotel
The Lord Dudley Hotel is a legendary pub that dates back to 1896. It’s long fostered good times and provided a home for British expats missing their pints, as well as a place to watch the footy. Perhaps it’s the attractive red-brick facade covered in ivy and with mock-Tudor-style trimmings that feels familiar, or the polished wooden bar inside – handled beer mugs hanging down – and the labyrinthine floor-plan, with all its nooks and crannies.
Brits migrate to the pub in cooler months drawn to its fireplaces and Sunday roast with all the trimmings (including, most importantly, Yorkshire puddings) for a taste of the cosiness of winter at home.
While the Lord Dudley shines in winter, it has summertime charm too. It recently opened The Garden restaurant, an update of its downstairs dining area. The space’s refreshed interiors contrast against the dark, rich tones of the pub upstairs with the use of greenery, sandstone and natural light via the greenhouse-style roof.
The pub also has something rarely seen in Australia and taken for granted in the UK: drinking on the footpath outside. Come warm weather, punters and their dogs sprawl on to the pavement, schooner in hand.