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Published February 19th 2016
Fabulous outdoor rooftop terrace dining in historic pub
A short distance from the historic Rocks area in Sydney is the equally historic Metropolitan Hotel which was established in 1834. I have visited this significant hotel many times, climbing the numerous stairs to the third floor with its lovely wood-framed windows to peer out onto the street below, then more stairs to reach the summit of this hotel.
On my recent staycation in Sydney, two of us visited the Metropolitan as I had heard the hotel had been refurbished in the past couple of years. The familiar olde world charm of the hotel's exterior still exists. Step through the doors, though, and be greeted with a renewed vitality. The floors and stairways had fresh carpet lain. As we ascended to the first floor of the public bar, the banisters of the stairs were a red earthy colour, complementing the colours of the bar area.
Upwards we went to the third floor and were surprised with a lovely outdoor rooftop terrace with a bar and dining area which is modern and inviting. The terrace has a lovely view over Bridge, George and Grosvenor Streets.
We arrived just before lunch and staff were organizing the tables in preparation for the lunch-time crowds. There is an awning that stretches out over this area to shelter patrons from rain. There is also an adjoining indoor area.
We chose to sit indoors, one level down, as it was becoming hot on the terrace. We noticed that as the clock struck twelve, many of the city workers arrived and made a beeline for the rooftop. It appears to be a very well-known retreat among the busy cityscape.
Other patrons took over the tables indoors. I was surprised how quickly this hotel filled. Our table had a large wood-framed window which overlooked the streets below. The window frames throughout the hotel were also refreshed with a lick of red paint.
After clambering up and down stairways, we were famished. I ordered the Pizza of the Day, "The Gary Lyon", with chorizo sausage, artichokes, onion, roasted potatoes, chilli and a delicious cumin cream ($16.50).