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The Ambercrombie Hotel

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by Emma Hilton (subscribe)
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Published September 10th 2012
Burned to the ground and reborn victoriously
"Hold it – GFT out. FIRE-BOMBED?", was my immediate reaction when I heard the devastating news that the Ambercrombie – home to smelly carpets, tattered furnishings and arguably one of the best beer gardens in the CBD, had fallen victim to an arson attack. So why do so many of us care that this particular establishment went up in smoke? Let me count the ways the Ambercrombie never failed to impress.

Firstly, it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. Cheap and cheerful food, genuinely "Happy" Hours, $10 steaks and surprisingly good beats pumped throughout the beer garden. Insides booths allowed those who like to be arms length from the bar an intimate, albeit tattered place to rest (spill) their pints. A regular haunt for UTS-goers, tradies and even a smattering of corporates, the Ambercrombie has over the years continuously revamped, renewed and reinvigorated the pub scene with their innovative culinary creations and having brought us Purple Sneakers.

So why am I wasting your time spruiking a pub that burnt down? You see folks the beauty of a proper English-style pub is in it's simplicity. Meaning anything that was burnt out (presumable fuelled by a Coopers-soaked carpet) is pretty easy to refit. Not two days after the devastating news our beloved Crombie was back, truly in all it's glory, this time in striking emerald tartan. Reborn out of the Ashes was an improved beer garden (and by improved I mean finally finished), a quirky yet drool worthy menu and a cocktail menu you wouldn't dare show your mother.

Pub Food Hotdogs Ribs Burgers Ambercrombie Menu
This menu is NOT for the faint-hearted


Without giving too much away – some of it's highlights include Mac and Cheese balls (for those who buy into the "Live Fast Die Young" sentiment), a hotdog that WeightWatcher's advocates would suffer a coronary over, which you will inevitable scoff down entirely by yourself, and the crème de la crème, The Deep Fried Golden Gaytime. That one I'll let you work out for yourself.

Hotdog Man Food Grub Snacks
The Mother of all Hotdogs


My interest in good whiskey cocktail stands to attention upon a glance at the cocktail menu, which includes the likes of the CamelToe – but again I'll let you guys explore those options, myself preferring to stick to the Kosciusko Pale they serve on tap, introduce to me by somewhat of a beer connoisseur.

With a menu you want to take to bed with you, friendly staff as well as patrons and a grungy urban-meets-rock and roll vibe, the Ambercrombie continues to be a personal favourite.
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Why? Incredible Pub Grub
When: Every Night
Phone: (02) 9280 2178
Where: Chippendale/Broadway
Cost: Meals from $7
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