The New Look Glebe Hotel, Review

Pubs, Sydney / 1 May 2019

This iconic pub at last unveils its brand new look. Check out the new Glebe Hotel.

Sydney may be struggling with the club scene right now, but what we aren’t lacking is an array of great pubs. To add to the list, The Glebe Hotel has grown up and is no longer the Australian Youth Hotel, transforming into a more mature version of the heritage-listed watering hole. With a new name, new menus and a seven-month renovation, the Glebe Hotel is not just another suburban pub.

Once you enter, you’ll spot the first bar, which is charismatic and welcoming. Walk around and you’ll find a hallway leading you into the Stables Bar and Grill, headed by chef Ben Allcock. The food is fancier than a cheap schnitty, with a strong gastro-pub vibe. Think your typical British pub, with exposed brick, logs of wood stacked up for the working fireplace, chesterfield sofas, wooden furniture and lots of moody, warm lighting. Outside is a cosy courtyard with fairy lights, a majestic centenary fig tree to one side and a spot to eat and drink in the sun, come daytime. Your fury friends are more than welcome outside too.

You can get classic pub “Counter Meals”, like ale battered fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare ($25), chicken schnitzel with crispy chat potatoes, broccoli and mushroom sauce ($24) and steak and Guinness pie with buttered greens, mash and onion gravy ($25).

the glebe hotel pie

For the gastro-pub fare, try the entrée classics and seasonal dishes, like the Cloudy Bay clams with smoked bacon ($20), baked garlic baguette with chilli oil and parmesan ($6) and hummus with flatbread ($15), to name a few. For mains, you can’t go past handmade gnocchi with butternut pumpkin, goats curd and dukkah ($26) or the chargrilled spatchcock with cavolo nero, roast garlic and panzanella salad ($30).

the glebe hotel

There’ s literally something for everyone with a kids menu ($10), burgers ($18), a range of steaks ($28-$37), seasonal salads ($16-$18) and a long-lunch set menu at $50pp (a bottomless drinks package available too). End your visit on a sweet note, with desserts like the smooth and rich chocolate and peanut butter parfait with fudge brownie and salted caramel popcorn ($12).

the glebe hotel steak

Glebe has been home to the iconic Glebe Hotel since 1862, where it was once home to labourers from the local wharves and iron foundries. Far enough away from George Street to feel cosy and suburban, but still in the thick of it, The Glebe Hotel has transformed and grown into the pub classic, perfect for the area.