The East are known for their cafés, the North for their beaches and the Inner-West? They excel at all things pub. Cold beer, hot food and Aussie shenanigans are ingrained in Sydney's Inner-West lifestyle, something which is made visible the second you cross City Road onto King Street, and the newly transformed Salisbury Hotel in Stanmore is no exception.

Following a year-long renovation, the scaffolds are down and drop sheets have been packed away to reveal a repositioned kitchen and outdoor beer garden; a venue redesign specifically catered for families and large groups to sink a few cold ones in the sun. "The Salisbury is a meeting place for all, young and old," says Publican Trish Larkin. "We wanted to create a pub environment where you'd be happy to take your mum, grandad or children."

Which inner-west pub just completed a year-long makeover?

Of course with a flashy redesign comes a menu transformation. Headed by Singaporean-Malay chef Chef Ridz Ma'rop, the kitchen features classic pub meals such as The Brew Truck Angus Burger with egg, beetroot, pineapple, bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and chips, Salisbury steak sandwich with roast tomato, onion relish, lettuce, aioli and chips, and Beef and Guinness pie with colcannon. "It's just about delivering consistently good, classic pub food," says Ridz. Craft beer favourites will be available from the bar including 4 Pines Brewing Company, Stone & Wood and Young Henrys as well as a selection of Australian wines.

Which inner-west pub just completed a year-long makeover?

Bottom line, it's a pub. But you won't be getting beer soaked carpet and ash burnt couches. The redesign is a creative collaboration between co-owner Gerard Dore and Arcon who wanted to give a modern identity to the century old building. The reinvented Salisbury Hotel has a charming community feel, however design features such as high ceilings, recycled timber and brick and exposed beams give the venue a refreshing modern-industrial edge. Step through the large steel frame glass doors from The Hall into the Beer Garden and you'll be greeted by Denis, a 1926 red brewery truck that doubles as a kids jungle gym, and twelve seater table.

Which inner-west pub just completed a year-long makeover?

Bookings are taken in the Dining Room, The Hall and Beer Garden and large groups of 100 can also be accommodated for private events.

The Salisbury, 118 Percival Road, Stanmore.
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - midnight. Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm.

Which inner-west pub just completed a year-long makeover?