Historic neighbourhood watering hole and gastro-pub, The Glebe Hotel, has unveiled its new look following an extensive refurbishment. Formerly known as the Australian Youth Hotel, the heritage listed public bar and dining destination has completed seven-months of interior and exterior renovation works, as well as adopting a new name and updated image.

The family-owned establishment enlisted Sydney-based design practitioners Alexander & Co, (The Imperial Hotel, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room), to revamp the Victorian end-of-terrace whilst maintaining its traditional features.

Recently Sydney Social 101 headed to the Glebe Hotel to check out the refurbishment and try and the new dinner menu. It was a cold, wintery night so when we entered the front bar we were very excited to see a roaring fire place to warm ourselves in front of. After we warmed ourselves by the fire moved to The Stables Bar & Grill for dinner.

Featuring exposed brick, wooden tables and chairs and large windows that look out into the leafy courtyard (which dogs are welcome in!) , the restaurant provided an atmosphere that was relaxed, intimate and cosy. While we pondered the food menu we ordered a bottle of red from the extensive wine list to warm ourselves from the inside out.

The menu, created by British Head Chef, Ben Allcock, focuses on gastro-pub fare with sophisticated dishes and comforting favourites using fresh seasonal produce. We started with a few sharesies including Chargrilled Octopus served with salsa verde and aioli and also the Seared Scallops with cauliflower pure, crispy chicken and hazelnuts.  The starter were light but flavoursome and got us very excited for the dishes to come.

For mains I had the crispy skin Atlantic Salmon with potato confit, creamed leeks and tarragon while my partner had the Lamb Rump and Twice Cooked Lamb Belly with bulgur wheat, olives, feta, oregano and lemon dressing. On the side we had a serving of cauliflower with almonds and thyme butter and good old fashion bread and butter.

Although we didn’t have room for dessert, we ordered and gobbled it up anyway! We indulged in the unbelievably delicious chocolate and peanut butter parfait served with chunks of brownie and topped with salted caramel popcorn! Drool! And then to finish (because we couldn’t resist) we enjoyed an Affogato served with the creamiest vanilla ice-cream and a shot of Frangelico.

Other goodies on the menu include Handmade Gnocchi with Roast Butternut Pumpkin and Goats Curd, Chargrilled Spatchcock, and Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder Ragu. Firm pub favourites have been shortlisted, featuring Chicken Schnitzel, Steak and Guinness Pie, Ale Battered Fish Finger Burger and a traditional Sunday Roast with all the trimmings.

The Glebe Hotel is the perfect place for a beer by the fire in the front bar, a spritz in the winter sun in the courtyard and a hearty, delicious meal in the restaurant. A must try!

More info: Theglebehotel.com.au

Address: 63 Bay St, Glebe 2037

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