Bringing every bit of British charm to Sydney is Mikey Enright and Julian Train. The duo who are the team behind the successful bar, The Barber Shop, are launching a 19th century-inspired English Tavern, The Duke of Clarence on Monday the 4th of December.
Like all good taverns, you can expect drinks, 500 of them, with 80%of them coming from the British Aisles. The Duke of Clarence will have a range of sherrie, ports and British wines on the bar, as well as a range of cask ales, British bottled beer and ciders. Impressively, the team have managed to source a range of vintage Pimms products from the 1960s and 70s, allowing guests the chance to try the full range, which is no longer produced in its entirety.
Of course, there has to be cocktails, with each cocktail nodding politely to Great Britain and the nostalgia that inspires The Duke of Clarence. You should expect classic cocktails, with a Victorian-era twist, Enright’s pick of the list is the “The Clarence House Gibson’ – a Gibson martini, designed by Bar Manager Steve McDermott, Bombay Sapphire, Dry sherry, rosemary smoked sea salt, pickled onion distillate and brine.
All pubs need pub food. Chef consultant David O’Brien worked closely with Head Chef David Penistone to create a short and snappy food menu, designed to share. Like the rest of The Duke of Clarence, it’s British, inspired by Australian taste. Fish finger sandwiches, potted crab with soda bread and butter, roast bone marrow with sourdough, classic scotch eggs and Sunday Roasts coming in early in 2018.
The impressive fit-out was meticulously put together by Sara Mathers, set designer of films like Moulin Rouge, and local design firm Steel & Stitch. With authentic furniture from the UK and building materials from pubs, churches and warehouses featuring, The Duke of Clarence around is as British an experience as possible.
The pub’s namesake, The Duke of Clarence, went on to become King William IV, who went on to do great things like restricting child labour and abolishing slavery in most of the British Empire. It’s only fitting he gets a pub named after him, in the Sydney street named after him.
The Duke of Clarence
Opens Monday 4 December
Laneway 152, 156 Clarence Street, Sydney
Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 2am