In early 2000, the Newcastle community knew The Burwood Inn as the ‘Zoo’, a reflection of the colourful characters that frequented it. Since then, the Burford family has completely transformed the heritage restaurant and bar, while still maintaining its status as a second home to locals.
Ty Burford and his family have been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. By the age of 13, Ty was peeling carrots and potatoes in his parents’ humble yet forward-thinking motel and restaurant in Newcastle, before launching a beer company with his father called Bluetongue. He spent many more years working in kitchens and bars, learning the hidden ways of the industry, before elevating The Burwood Inn to what it is today. This passion, which is shared by his wife Julianne, shines through today.
As both a gastropub and a traditional front-facing bar, The Burwood Inn offers the best of both worlds. Head Chef, Dylan Browne joined Ty and Julianne’s team to offer a high quality menu that would complement its laidback dining experience. Dylan grew up in nearby Maitland but soon ventured overseas, taking up positions at the Michelin-starred The Ickworth in Suffolk and Midsummer House in Cambridge. Fast forward a few years and he returned to the area he grew up in, working in a number of respected establishments before joining the Burwood Inn.
Steak is a specialty in Dylan’s kitchen, so he has formed a close relationship with his local meat supplier, which delivers particularly exceptional produce.
Indulge in a T-bone, rib eye or sirloin steak, served with hand cut thrice cooked chips and a range of accompaniments including truffle butter, chimichurri sauce or port jus, to see what all the fuss is about.
Ty, Julianne and Dylan’s approach to seafood follows the same local philosophy, with all their fish coming from the ocean just a few kilometres away. Begin your meal with fresh Sydney Rock oysters, and continue with a seafood linguine, served with lemon, chilli, garlic, basil and pangrattato.
To maintain a little of its ‘Zoo’ flavour, The Burwood Inn has kept its front- facing bar, where locals are able to enjoy a range of Australian beers on tap. For a quieter, more intimate drink, head to the Lounge Bar for cocktails and wines.
Known for its incredibly unique interior design, Ty and Julianne have created a rustic French atmosphere at the Inn, with an emphasis on originality. The hotel reveals its original vintage tiles and a beautiful pressed metal ceiling complete with nicotine stains, but also features an alfresco dining area, decorated with plants and lighting, reminiscent of a well-maintained rainforest.
What really sets The Burwood Inn apart is its focus on a great dining experience that can cater to everyone. From its diverse selection of food, to its attentive, down-to-earth staff, the historical restaurant is upgrading the traditional pub experience in a way that is both modern and fun.