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Royal Hotel | Sydney

The Rooftop

“Set over 4 levels, each with its own unique charm. The Royal Hotel Paddington has something for everyone”

Located in the heart of the iconic Fiveways in Paddington, the Royal Hotel Paddington (click here) is helping shape the posh pub grub scene in Sydney.

An establishment rich in history, this 1888 building has recently undergone a $4 million renovation transforming into a multi levelled hospitality operation. Set over 4 levels, each with its own unique charm. The Royal Hotel has something for everyone. If you are after a relaxed sports pub scene, the first level “The Royal Bar” is the perfect spot for you, there is ample space for large groups and the room boasts cosy leather lounges and has live streaming of all sports.

Royal Hotel Paddington

On the second level, the Verandah is clean cut white with splashes of navy throughout. This level is split into two sections by sliding doors; the sit down ‘al fresco’ dining area and inside bar area with communal high tables. Sitting within the ‘restaurant’ section* was warm and cosy with the sky roof open and the fire crackling in the corner.

*The only downfall of this area on the night I went, was I would have liked to see how this level opens up, the restaurant area was boxed in with the sliding doors being closed, which then created a bottleneck for the people walking to their tables or to the restroom with the patrons lining up for a drink at the bar (which unfortunately is smack bang right in the middle of the room). On the other hand if you are after a private section for an event/function, the versatility of this level works out perfectly.

Up on the third level is the Elephant Room, which is colonial inspired with it’s deep reds and burgundy tones throughout and many plush features and seating arrangements.

Through to the fourth level, the rooftop area is rather small and was very packed by the time we went up for a look-see (8pm Saturday night) however, the views of the city are quite picturesque.


The mastermind behind this newly revamped menu is Ben Varela, a seasoned Sydney chef familiar with the pub scene. Ben has combined traditional pub classics with his own personal twist.

Beef Carpaccio

What we ate:

TRUFFLE FRIES – self-explanatory
CHARCUTERIE BOARD – cured meats, house pickles & sourdough
BEEF CARPACCIO – olives, green tomato, rocket & sourdough toast
SPANNER CRAB LINGUINI – peas, garlic, lemon & chilli
LAMB SHOULDER – smoked eggplant, herb coulis & macadamia crumble
180g EYE FILLET – Gippsland VIC 150 day grain fed, mashed potato
250g RUMP – MSA3 Riverina angus, cumin roasted tomatoes mash & fries<

RHUBARD BOMB ALASKA rhubard gelato with vanilla meringue

CHERRYWOOD LANE – bourbon, cherry bitters & port soaked cherries
LAVENDER BRAMBLE – gin, Chambord, lemon juice, lavender monin & lavender
5 WAY G+T – hendricks, St. Germain, lime, basil , mint, cucumber & lemongrass

180g Eye Fillet
The Lamb Shoulder

I had two standout dishes in this meal, the lamb shoulder was extremely succulent and tender, the pomegranate and macadamia crumble gave the dish a nice added crunch. The crab linguini was a nice comfort meal perfectly balanced and fresh.

Crab Linguine At The Royal
Bomb Alaska


If you are after a place for afternoon drinks to carry on into the night with somewhat upmarket pub food, the Royal has you covered.

Royal Hotel Paddington
237 Glenmore Rd
Paddington NSW 2021
(02) 9331 2604

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