Inspired by the concept of sharing a meal over Sunday lunch, this hole-in-the-wall bar dishes up delectable charcuterie, cheese boards and wine in a cozy and comfortable environment.
Cured. is the brainchild of Jeremy Ricketts and Bridie Gough, dreamt up from a love of Sunday family lunches. Each week Jeremy would provide a feast for his family, where everyone would gather over a charcuterie board and a couple of glasses of wine. The pair quickly realised that the enjoyment of chatting away over a sharing plate, in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere was something Manly locals would love.
Bridie’s background in architecture equipped her perfectly to design the interior, bringing together a sophisticated wine bar with the vibe of a trendy, small bar.
The menu is a simple one, which uses high quality ingredients that stand out in flavour, variation, and the combinations in which they are served. Many ingredients have been sourced locally, with a select number of authentic ingredients imported from Europe. Jeremy and Bridie pride themselves on using produce that has been nurtured by its creator to ensure it’s the best of the best.
This ethos is true whether it’s the process of single grain to sourdough, slow ageing and nitrate-free meat curing, or short run experimental wine batches from the Yarra Valley, every piece of produce has a story.
The meat, cheese, and wine menus change with the seasons, keeping things fresh and exciting, but there are of course some beloved staples on the menu, such as the ever popular spicy N’duja – a soft Italian salami.
Cured.’s offerings are presented so that they can be enjoyed as an aperitif, a main meal, or a light supper. The pair agree that, “guests come in for a light snack before they go for dinner elsewhere, and then return after dinner to enjoy a dessert wine and more cheese!” There is also an a la carte menu in the works, set to be released in winter to sit alongside the board-selections menu.
The commitment to high quality extends to the service, which keeps clientele eager to stop by. Staff are willing to share their expansive knowledge and passion for what is on offer, particularly if you’d like to try something you’ve never heard of.
Jeremy and Bridie pride themselves on bringing a popular concept that they are passionate about to Manly, after all who doesn’t love cheese and wine?
Words by Camilla Sampson