Jaime Wirth, one of the masterminds behind the pub revival group formerly known as Drink n Dine (now called International Worldwide), has been snapping up iconic properties like he’s leading Monopoly.
Wirth and his crew—which includes Joel Amos of natural wine heroes DRNKS—opened The Duke last year and The George in Waterloo this year. The latest in a string of investments and pub updates by Wirth is The Old Fitzroy down in Woolloomooloo. And after a light reno, it's back online—with an epic new menu from former Quay and Sepia chef, Nick Hill.
If you were a longterm fan and regular visitor of The Old Fitz (like us), don’t worry because the reno and relaunch are more of a spruce up than a brand new direction—and yes, its little theatre packed with independent avant-garde and indie treats, is here to stay.
Hill's new menu includes pub classics (schnitzel and steak), but also throws in a little classic English influence from his time in the kitchen at The Ledbury in Notting Hill. Think raw beef dripping on toast, scotch egg and treacle tart.
Rotating specials keep the British vibe going strong, with Nick fashioning things like pork pie tart and pigs blood pate.
As for what's to drink, you'll have a solid selection of natural wines thanks to Amos, rotating craft beers on tap (like Yulli's Brews new plum Berliner) and a set of signature cocktails like an Irish French martini.
Love the idea of a seriously talented chef in the kitchen at your local pub? You'll want to check out The Lord Wolseley Hotel.
Image credit: Nick Hill.