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REVIEW: Darling Harbour Restaurant & Bar – Pumphouse Sydney

Pumphouse Sydney

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BY TESSA PELLE

The historic Pumphouse Sydney in Darling Harbour has officially opened its doors to reveal a complete refurbishment of the famous venue.

Guests are welcomed back to try a diverse collection of craft beers, explore the brand-new wine room and dive into a new, elevated menu crafted by Head Chef Anthony Kirk.

The restaurant inhabits what once housed a hydraulic pumping station built in 1891. Metallic touches and sophisticated finishes add to the premium feel of this newly renovated space, whilst still paying homage to the heritage traits of the building.

Guests can cosy up by one of the fireplaces or gaze over at the hustle and bustle of Darling Square on the open terrace.

Authentic and rustic flavours encompass the restaurant’s new menu with dishes inspired by the Pumphouse Sydney’s rich history, fusing Australian pub food with hearty grazing dishes. The menu is inspired by seasonal produce, with all ingredients locally sourced.

Perfect for sharing, the new menu boasts an abundant range of main meals, including an aromatic red snapper in fish broth accompanied with baby fennel and fresh herbs.

Pumphouse Sydney Food

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Embracing its roots as one of Sydney’s first microbreweries, the Pumphouse Sydney houses an extensive beer collection featuring the Thunderbolt Strong Ale, a beer born in the old brewery and inspired by Sydney’s historic Captain Thunderbolt.

For cocktail fiends, Pumphouse Sydney offers a versatile range of cocktails specially curated to pay homage to the venue, including specialties like the Steam Punk and The Darling.

Whether you are a craft beer connoisseur or dedicated food lover, there is truly something for everyone at the new and refined venue. Patrons can book everything from wine room tastings to private dining and special events.

17 Little Pier St, Darling Harbour. Info: www.pumphousesydney.com.au

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