This winter in Sydney has felt brutal. My winter coat from London has even made an appearance a few days so it almost seems fitting that a new pub has opened up that is a little bit of London, down a Sydney back alley.
The Duke of Clarence is hidden down the small alley way on Clarence Street used to find Baxter’s Inn and The Barber Shop. Set in the corner opposite Baxter’s Inn, walking through the door I am literally transported back to one of my favourite pubs in Goodge Street.
The polished wooden bar runs nearly the entire length of the pub and, like a London pub, almost every other inch of the place is covered in seating so it can squeeze as many people in as possible. The pub is almost entirely wooden which rich, red leather seats and walls of books. They even have a fireplace that you can get all cosy in front of and London Pride on tap.
We’ve stopped in on a Friday lunchtime and the pub is rammed. We manage to find a small corner where some people were finishing up their lunch and crammed in.
The menu was full of London pub classics including gammon steak and bangers and mash. There’s even a nod to the huge Indian influence in the UK with chicken korma.
My friend, who is an actual Brit, went very traditional and ordered livers, pan-fried with bacon, shallots and red wine. I had a little taste and I have to say, it was amazing. I went for the pie of day (which is bacon and mushroom) served with mash and peas.
It was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! The pie was full of thick cut bacon lardons with chunks of mushrooms in a thick gravy. The pastry was definitely made in-house and was crumbly and buttery. The mash also tasted like it was like it was 80% butter but it went perfectly with the thick savoury gravy.
The thing I loved the most though was it came with another little pot of gravy to pour all over the place!
Honestly, I could have stayed there all day but all to quickly it was time to head back to the office. I will definitely be back though – any time I’m missing my other cold and rainy home.
The laneway in between 152 – 156 Clarence St,
Sydney NSW 2000