The Royal Leichhardt
156 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney
02 9569 2638
Nestled in the heart of Leichhardt you’ll find The Royal, a local icon and destination pub that’s been around since 1886. The pub has received a fresh new look in the form of restored heritage balconies, and now boasts the best views in the Inner West, just in time for summer.
While the building has received a makeover, the pub is still serving up good ol’ Aussie hospitality. The drinks list has been injected with a healthy dose of cocktails. Go ahead; sip the afternoon away with a Secret Garden cocktail – a floral burst of Botanist gin, St Germain elderflower liquor, grapes and fresh lime. If you’ve got a couple of buddies to share with, invest in a big Pimms punch bowl.
True to its pub roots, The Royal has several beers on tap, and locals will be pleased to know that old favourites, such as Victoria Bitter and Peroni, are available. There’s also a host of wines available by the glass and bottle, with offerings from Australia to Argentina.
But now, to eat! Start off with some southern fried chicken wings with paprika mayo, or some Peking duck spring rolls. If you’re after some classic pub fare, you’ll be pleased to find fish and chips and the old faithful chicken parma on the menu, alongside a selection of steaks and burgers.
If you’re after something lighter, look for the selection of ‘Bowls’. These health-filled delights include options such as salmon, zucchini and beetroot, with a generous smattering of toasted seeds and feta. You’ve even got the option to add chicken or avocado to bulk it out.
Finish on a sweet note with a warm Nutella donut and vanilla ice cream, or a chocolate fondant with raspberry.
The contemporary balcony fit-out, with black and white tiled floors, pot plants, cane chairs and covered roof, ensures that diners can get the best of the outdoors all year around. The furnishings have also received an update – there’s even a shiny new zinc-top bar. Best of all, the installation of a lift makes this heritage venue accessible for everyone.
Sydneysiders and visitors alike will be pleased this old gem is still around. Underneath the facelift, it’s the same great venue people have loved for 130 years. After a visit, you’ll be inclined to agree.