Styled to evoke its building's colonial heritage, The Village Inn is the latest addition to The Intersection, Paddington's luxe shopping strip. Bought by Sydney bar baron Leeroy Petersen, who opened the Print Room wine and cocktail lounge upstairs last year, this latest venture is a classic pub with up-to-the-minute food influences.
Take the drool-inducing 'burwiches'- epically proportioned burger/sandwich hybrids, they range from the Big Bad Wolf - a towering meld of smoked ham, pork belly, bacon, fried egg and gruyere on a milk bun, $18, to the Koby, named after Petersen's son - a classic mix of beef, cheese, cos lettuce and smoked tomato relish, $16.
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After something lighter so you can still squeeze into that Camilla & Marc midi you just splurged on? Head chef Noel Phear (formerly of Macleay Street Bistro) has a menu of 'Morsels' just for you (cured salmon with dill and baby smoked potatoes, for instance) as well as four substantial salads if you're on a #cleaneating crusade.
The Village Inn opened this week after undergoing extensive renovations - the heritage space was designed by interiors specialists Alexander & Co. and is dominated by exposed brick, hammered glass light sconces and buttery leather seating. "When I purchased the site in 2013, my dream was to reclaim the heritage of Paddington Village by opening some cool new venues, but still retaining that old world charm," Petersen says. Mission complete.
Find The Village Inn at 9-11 Glenmore Road, Paddington, NSW; thevillageinn.com.au.
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