The Edinburgh Castle
294 Pitt St, Sydney
02 9264 8616
2016 marked the start of a brand new chapter for The Edinburgh Castle – a celebrated pub with a rich Australian heritage. Thanks to a stunning interior renovation and a brand new contemporary menu, ‘The Eddy’ is undoubtedly here to stay.
Although operating as a pub of some form since 1885, new life was given to the venue when the Solotel Group stepped in. The hospitality powerhouse operates 27 venues throughout Australia, including Public House Petersham, The Sheaf and The Clock Hotel, and so was perfectly placed to reinvigorate the historic building.
Solotel’s Interior Design Manager, Bianca Isgro, worked with renowned architects, Luchetti Krelle (Momofuku Seiōbo, ACME, Barrio Cellar), to breathe new life into the space, while still paying respect to the unique history of the venue. The Eddy was once known as literary great, Henry Lawson’s favourite writing haunt; and worn leather sofas, a beautifully backlit bar and a hand- painted mural of Lawson himself are subtle nods to this noteworthy past. The street-level bar has been refurbished, while the upper level is now home to a stunning cocktail lounge, perfect for group bookings, corporate lunches, events and parties.
The relaxed setting is matched by a menu that’s dominated by top-quality pub food with a refined edge. There are several tasty starters including house-made damper with garlic butter, crispy fried squid with salt and native pepper, lamb croquettes with mint salsa, and a ploughman’s plate with ham, cheddar and house pickles. For something more substantial, choose from a chicken and leek cottage pie or grilled swordfish with baby turnip, heirloom carrot, radish and black garlic.
You’ll still be able to get your hands on a well-cooked steak or a classic parmy, but the beef comes in the form of a 250g grain-fed rump served with green beans, fat chips and your choice of bordelaise or mushroom sauce; while the chicken parmigiana is served with crispy hand-cut potatoes and homemade chunky tomato sauce. The sides are just as gourmet – think rocket, fennel and orange salad, chargrilled corn with fireman’s butter and lime, and seasonal mixed beans with mint and lemon.
A perfect complement to the food, the 100% Australian wine list is curated by expert sommelier, Matt Dunne, while the bar menu offers classic cocktails with a modern twist. Try one of several signature drinks, including the Lawson’s Cup – a blend of hibiscus-infused gin, Aperol, pomegranate, mint, lime and ginger beer; or the Desert Rose – Belvedere vodka, raspberry, lemon, lime and a spritz of rose mist.
The Edinburgh Castle is the classic Australian pub reimagined: a place to share stories with friends over exceptional food and drink, conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.