The long afternoons and balmy evenings of Summer are soon to be replaced by Autumn, but shorter days and falling leaves doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on Friday toasts and cosy Sunday sessions just yet. Ease your way into the cooler months at Woolloomooloo’s latest luxe gastro pub, The Tilbury Hotel.
The Tilbury has been knocking about the inner-city pub scene for 12 years, but if you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry, now is a good chance to get amongst it, be it for a business meeting over lunch, dinner date, Friday night drinks or Sunday brunch.
Design firm Luchette Krelle recently breathed new light into The Tilbury Hotel, taking it from one of the many typical Sydney pubs to bonafide hotspot.
The Tilbury’s interior is all about maximising air and light. Open spaces are framed by soft pastel colours, brass and wood alongside quilted chairs, chic peach coloured leather seating and a striking Automatic Geometric LED ceiling that seamlessly integrates the pub’s classic appeal with a contemporary edge. The Tilbury’s unique mix of indoor and expansive outdoor spaces keep it playful, with subtle nods to a school playground, in a ‘monkey bar’ structure enclosing outdoor tables and ’roundabout’ style seating.
As for food, The Tilbury has enlisted Michelin-accredited head chef James Wallis who aims to meet Australian seasonal produce with European influences for fresh and unique flavour combinations. In fact, the entire restaurant and bar stay true to The Tilbury’s motto of ‘a little taste of good taste’, with a fuss-free and relatively affordable menu of fine-dining favourites.
If you’re a carnivore, you’ll be particularly pleased wth The Tilbury’s food offering, slightly heavy on the meat and fish side, with tried and tested classics like Hiramasa Kingfish Carpaccio with seaweed, chilli and miso dressing to start and Pan Fried Pink Snapper, Blue Eye Cod, Pork Fillet, Lamb Cutlet and Duck Breast for mains. Plus a variety of steaks served with chips and unexpected salad pairings to sort out the taste buds of your pub locals.
If you’re up for just a quick bite, The Deck Grill upstairs at The Tilbury offers simple street style food inspired by head chef Wallis’ travels, and the bar itself is the perfect place to knock back a few in style.