Royalty Reinvented – The Queen’s Hotel Enmore

The Queen’s Hotel in Enmore is a rejuvenation of the former Queen Victoria Hotel. The Merivale Group, led by Justin Hemmes, continues its domination of developing uber-cool venues across Sydney. This pub, favoured by the locals, has been cut and polished into a jewel of the Merivale crown. Busy restaurant, cafe, and bar saturated Newtown is now spilling into Enmore, which is touted to be the next foodie heaven.

Last night I ventured across the bridge from the leafy and safe Northern Suburbs, to celebrate a friend’s birthday, my hubby and I were introduced us to this delightfully eclectic venue that boasts a Cantonese restaurant, “Queen Chow” and the cocktail bar, “The Smelly Goat”.  

The interior fit-out and design is a collaboration between Justin and Bettina Hemmes, Kelvin Ho of Akin Creative and stellar stylist Amanda Talbot. The result is a contemporary space that is warm and inviting, with a big nod to the pub’s Victorian heritage. As with all Merivale venues,

As with all Merivale venues, the Queen’s Hotel space has been divided into different areas, with Queen Chow, the Cantonese restaurant downstairs and The Smelly Goat cocktail bar upstairs. Although I went at night, there are brightly decorated daytime outdoor areas designed for lunchtime dining. At night the venue transforms with soft intimate lighting, and a variert of spaces, banquettes – perfect for a romantic dinner or group function. The furniture is a contrast with modern and worn leather, marble and wood.

Sunlight flooded outdoor areas
Sunlight flooded outdoor areas at the The Queen’s Hotel
intimate areas in The Smelly Goat bar at the The Queen's Hotel
intimate areas in The Smelly Goat bar at The Queen’s Hotel
The best dumplings as bar food in the Smelly Goat
The best dumplings as bar food in the Smelly Goat
Multiple choices for intimate cocktails and dining to group areas at the Queen's Hotel
Multiple choices for intimate cocktails and dining to group areas at the Queen’s Hotel
The Queen's Hotel Enmore - Zebra Bar
The Queen’s Hotel Enmore – Light Flooded interiors for long lunches
Taxidermy display behind the bar at The Smelly Goat at the Queen's Hotel
Taxidermy display behind the bar at The Smelly Goat
Merivale's The Queen's Hotel Enmore
Merivale’s Queen’s Hotel Enmore – Soft lighting with a mix of old and new

My friends chose cocktails from the menu with classic cocktails given a surprising and delightful twist. I’m not drinking at the moment, but made my way through the mocktail menu, with my firm favourite, Flemish Reds, strawberry pulp and juice, tomato, basil and a hint of pepper. I did sip my friend’s cocktails and they were incredible.

We ordered finger food, which was a mix of pub finger food from Papa Culo, and Cantonese dumplings.

Image sources: Vogue Australia, Merivale, Pinterest.

The Queen’s Hotel CONTACT

Group Bar Bookings +61 2 9254 8088

The Queen’s Hotel OPEN HOURS

Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – late 
Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

The Queen’s Hotel ADDRESS

167 Enmore Rd,
Enmore NSW 2042

The Queen's Hotel Enmore
The Queen’s Hotel Enmore

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