If a pub renaissance was ever a thing, Sydney is well and truly in the grips of one and there is no better example than the newest (oldest) kid on the refurbed block, The Edinburgh Castle.
You’ll need to leave everything you thought you knew about this historic pub at the door as you enter their redesigned ground floor bar before taking a walk up the stairs to one seriously luxe cocktail lounge and outdoor courtyard. You’ll be forgiven for forgetting you’re actually on Pitt Street thanks to the design team lead by Bianca Isgrow, (Interior Design Manager at Solotel), who have managed to highlight the heritage features of the hotel while bringing it in to the now, making it the ideal spot for your next drink.
So, here’s a little bit of history that we’re sure will help you at your next trivia night—The Edinburgh Castle is where Aussie poet Henry Lawson lived and penned some of his greatest work. It goes to show that it isn’t just us who work better after a glass or two.
The new team at The Edinburgh Castle have kept the Aussie connection strong, using the revamped venue as a place to celebrate all things Australian.
Expect just the right amount of Aussie nostalgia meets modern flavour when it comes to Head Chef Daniel Lanza’s nothing short of drool-worthy menu. There’ll also be a range of craft beers, 100% Australian wine list (impressive) and a range of clever cocktails, including an espresso martini with salted caramel and popcorn (yes, you need to go and tell all of your friends). This Sydney pub is not what you’d expect, they’ve thrown the rulebook out the window and are doing the inner city pub thing their way.
Prepare to feast on the likes of saltbush chicken schnitzel with perfectly crisp potatoes celeriac and chunky tomato sauce, or the crumbed barramundi burger with iceberg lettuce and fennel slaw. There’s also savoury lamb mince on a potato waffle, yes a waffle made out of potato is a thing that exists, and we can’t forget the house made potato scallops with chicken salt.
Now guys, we need to talk about the snacks. We love it when a pub gives us the option to have a few snacks after work, or to help us get our tastebuds going before we tuck in to a schnitty, and the snack game here is strong. We give you the pork and sage sausage roll with green tomato chutney, it’s a mixture of all the right herbs, spices and flaky pastry, exactly how we like it. There’s also the ploughman’s plate with ham, cheddar and house pickles or grilled lamb cutlets with mint jelly, to name a few.
The Edinburgh Castle is what we should expect all pubs to be in 2016, a destination for an after work brew, decadent cocktails, snacks or a main meal and conveniently located in the heart of the city.
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