The Duke of Clarence Sydney

The Duke of Clarence, a 19th century-inspired English tavern is set to open on Sydney’s Clarence Street this November.

The Duke of Clarence Sydney

The venue is created and led by Mikey Enright and Julian Train, the team behind The Barber Shop, and will offer a quintessentially British experience in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

The Duke of Clarence is located in the hidden alleyway next to The Barber Shop, at the space that was formerly Easy Eight. The exterior will be warmly lit, with a Victorian-tiled walled, flowers hanging from the ceiling and aged timber stairs welcoming guests into the venue. Pride of price at the entrance will be a painting of the pub’s namesake and mascot, The Duke of Clarence. Inside will reveal a 12-metre-long timber bar, with oak wood panelling and stain glass, a library corner and fireplace.

A comprehensive and diverse drinks selection will be on offer, including a 500-strong line-up of spirits from the British aisles. Beer will be served from ornate beer taps sourced from England, with a heavy focus on cask ale. Guests can expect classic cocktails, treated with Victorian-era twists or rotovapped with ingredients that were used during the time of Charles Dickens.

Classic pub cuisine will also be offer with a focus on clear British sensibility. The team have engaged consultant David O’Brien (ex Merivale) to create the menu, drawing on his memories growing up around pubs in Northern England.

The Duke of Clarence has been designed in collaboration with UK set designer Sara Mathews (Moulin Rouge, Ned Kelly). The team have meticulously scoured the UK for furniture to ensure the experience is authentic as possible, finding many original pub items over 100 years old. The building materials have been sourced from pubs, churches and warehouses around England, with the lights, panelling, stain glass all making their way across the Indian Ocean and floorboards dating back to the 1850s.

The Duke of Clarence is set to open in mid November 2017.

More to come…

The Duke of Clarence
152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney

Photo Credit – Supplied.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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