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Written by Jo Hombsch
The Wild Rover is growing up, the Surry Hills venue is saying goodbye to its wilder whiskey bar days and reopening as a sleek, sophisticated and chic wine bar. Having undergone an extensive refurbishment – jazzing up the walls and adding a lick of polish, Rover will swing its doors open in mid-March bringing with it the charm of old dapper cocktail bars in New York City.
“Surry Hills has changed a lot since opening ten years ago with plenty of quality offerings opening their doors. We wanted the bar to evolve with it, stepping up to become somewhere guests can enjoy both food and drink with equal merit whilst retaining its iconic friendly character and all-are-welcome charm” – James Bradey, Co-owner and operator of The Wild Rover, The Gidley and Bistecca.
You’ll find Rover on the corner of Foster and Cambell Street, across the road is newly opened Pellegrino 2000 and just up the road is Nomad – it’s the sort of place you’d go for a quick bite and bevvy before dinner, or a cocktail post-meal. If you’re settling in for the evening, pull your seat in and take advantage of their expanded food menu designed by Chef Pip Pratt (also Executive Chef of Bistecca and The Gidley). On the menu, you’ll find shared dishes taking inspiration from New England, think buttery prawn rolls, lamb sausage rolls with the star of the show an elevated fish finger sandwich.
A cosy new venue from the guys behind, Bistrot 916. But this time around, Dan Pepperell, Mikey Clift and Andy Tyson aren’t serving up French bistro classics, but rather preparing classic Italian food we all know and love. The menu takes cue off their favourite Italian trattoria’s in Rome and Florence. You’ll find classics along with a few creative and innovative dishes you’d expect from the trio.
Make a reservation at Pellegrino 2000 in Surry Hills for a pasta and a glass of wine or book the cozy wine cellar downstairs for a long and lingering dinner, just be sure to order the prawn ravioli.
A.P Bakery Surry Hills
This one has been a long time coming, brought to you by the team behind Paramount House Hotel, Ester, Reuben Hills and Shawarma. All Purpose Bakery has just opened inside A.P House – a cafe and bakery at the top of Paramount House. A.P Bakery was set to open in Darlinghurst back in March 2021, however, with repeated delays, we can now thankfully enjoy those much loved baked goods on an all-weather rooftop in Surry Hills.
A.P in the name states for All Purpose, but with head baker Dougal Muffett in the kitchen there is nothing regular about these baked goods. He priorities sustainability and local sources of seed and grain to create beautiful rustic country loaves and baguettes. Pop by Thursday to Sunday for baked specialties, like the egg sandos and pastrami pies.
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