If you’d noticed George Street has been quite a bit busier than usual, here’s why. By popular demand, the team behind The Grounds of Alexandria has set up shop in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, opening the doors to The Grounds of the City in early June. Whilst Alexandria’s favourite pig mascot Kevin Bacon has declined to make the move, this old fashioned, rustic, city venue is full to the brim with enough surprises of its own.
Owners, Ramzey Chocker and Jack Hanna, in close conjunction with the architectural wizards at ACME&Co have worked tirelessly to design the venue’s décor with a rustic flair in mind. Described as taking patrons on a “sensory journey”, the venue itself is a wow-factor in its own right.
The Grounds of the City is littered with nods to the 1920s, from the fit-out complete with booths and a barista’s bar, and the ‘Tea Lady’ roaming around with a trolley stacked full of custom teas, cakes and pastries for you to indulge in, to shoe shiners polishing off the old office brogues as you wait for your morning coffee. As if that’s not enough, coffee sommeliers will be at your beck and call to ensure that your latte is brewed to perfection and that every experience at the Grounds is tailored specifically to your tastes.
Whilst popping past the Grounds of the City for your morning caffeine hit will be easier than ever in its George Street location, it’s not just your average coffee. The talented team of baristas will be brewing The Grounds’ own house-roasted coffee ranging from seasonal blends to single origins with the state-of-the-art espresso and filter technology.
For those with a little extra time for a pre-work breakfast, or perhaps a midweek long lunch, the kitchen, headed by Executive Chef, Paul McGrath will be serving up staple favourites as well as a new selection of premium meats and sustainably caught seafood 7 days a week. With an open-plan kitchen just metres from your seat, the scents of freshly baked croissants and seeded sourdough being pulled from the oven will leave you coming back day after day. Dinner will be served on Thursday evenings, with late hours on Fridays and Saturdays on the cards for the near future.
Judging by the immense success of The Grounds of Alexandria and its frequent pop-up siblings dotting across Sydney since 2012, there is no doubt that the Grounds of the City is here to stay, and is most certainly not one to be missed.