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  • Licensed
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takes Reservations
  • Cocktails

From the outside, The Royal Hotel resembles the old local that’s in every Sydney suburb. Steeped in important history, it’s a noble remnant of a bygone era, one that conjures a nostalgic view of the city.

However, a recent re-development has brought the historic hotel into the 21st century, with a stunning new kitchen and restaurant joining the traditional sports bar on the ground level.

Upon entry, it appears not much has changed since The Royal first opened – the traditional pub atmosphere is maintained, with sports screens dotted around the space and enough beer taps that you could try something new with each schooner.

However, a venture upstairs reveals the new dining area, which heralds the pub’s new approach. With a light and bright design, the area visually sets the tone for the menu: to go a little beyond the traditional pub feed.

Dishes like the burrata with the toasted pangratto and dipping oil, and freshly shucked oysters with cucumber vergus and granita, are a great way to start off a meal. Knock them back with a glass of house wine, or pair with a pot of beer, before taking on the mains. While the kangaroo loin or lemon and ricotta ravioli may catch your attention, any discerning meateater will regret not ordering the rib-eye.

With enough steak to feed two very hungry footy fans, and coupled with the healthier components of steamed broccolini and boiled kipflers, it’s a plate of hearty virtue. However, the standout of the dish has to be the marrow bonbons. Using the bone marrow from the rib-eye, the kitchen fries little round golden gems of goodness, which, beyond the initial crunch, melt in the mouth and pair brilliantly with the steak. This all comes together with a truffle jus made from the drippings, making for one indulgent and delicious meal.

While dessert might not be the first though when eating at a gastro-pub, it’s well worth a mention at The Royal. In particular, the banana and miso cake, served with butterscotch topping, sour cream, macadamia and cinnamon is an absolute delight.

In keeping with the gastro-pub theme, the drinks list is that little bit fancy, with a strong selection of sparkling, white and red wines, as well as a range of beers served on tap. The wine list alone has enough variety to suit even the most seasoned drinker, but if it’s a cocktail you’re after, it’s worth venturing upstairs to the Elephant Bar. Here, an experienced team of cocktail bartenders will whip up whatever your palate desires.

Whether it’s a special occasion or a midweek meal, The Royal in Paddington has something for everyone. Stop by for a work lunch during the week, sport on Friday and a cocktail-fuelled Saturday night – with so much on offer, you’ll find something new with each visit.

Locate The Royal Hotel Paddington

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington, NSW


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