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Published January 4th 2015
Top Notch Pub Grub at much loved Balmain Local
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The Riverview Hotel - image courtesy of TRH Facebook


The Riverview Hotel in Balmain is one of the oldest and most popular watering holes first established in the 1880s. Situated off the main drag amongst quaint terrace houses in the tree lined street of Birchgrove road, it is a prominent fixture and a much loved local.

A colourful history right from the start from founding licensee, Thomas Morton (whom had attempted to establish the premises no less than five times) through to Olympic gold medal swimmer, Dawn Fraser (who was licensee from 1978 to 1983), this hotel had stood the test of time. I happened to come across it at Christmas time. With its festive decorations and $5 pint sign I just couldn't resist entering.

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Riverview Hotel - Balmain




I love the pubs in Balmain; so much character and warmth that you immediately feel at home. This one is no different, historically old from the outside but the decor inside has recently been renovated giving it a wealth of decorative features and exuberant details. Though they have some elements common in pubs elsewhere there is a slight art nouveau touch to the interior design making it quite unique. The first you will notice is the red tiled horseshoe shaped Bar with an eye catching Mule Deer candelabra. Rest assured that no animals were mistreated or harmed in any way in the making of this stunning candelabra. The Deer antler re-grows and falls off the deer's head naturally every year and has been used for centuries to make kitchen utensils, weapons and unusual artefacts.

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Main Bar


This two level Hotel is also enriched with other details of comfort.
Leather banquette seating, cofy armchairs and more staghorn lighting provide a warm ambience.





Also adding a nice touch is the historic sporting photography on display.

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Historic Sporting Photography


I could understand how many call this there local with a combination of bustling busy bar areas and quite cosy corners. A roaring fireplace in winter, deep leather armchairs you can sink into and dark walnut timber finishes add to its charm and encourage you to stop a while and reflect on life while downing a schooner of crisp Little Creatures Pale Ale or a White Rabbit Pale Ale - $8.50.

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Fireplace - image courtesy of The Riverview Hotel website


You can choose to eat casually on the lower level from the Bar menu and if you happen to visit on a weekday, you can enjoy their trademark Wagyu Beef Burger for just $12.00. Or their latest popular special of two for one Pizzas on Tuesdays $20.00.

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Bar menu


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Wagyu Beef Burger $12.00 weekly special - image courtesy of TRH FB


The upper level has a more formal option where Chef Brad Sloane has created a tantalising menu paired with an extensive Wine list.

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The staircase - image courtesy of The Riverview Hotel website


This main space overlooks the terrace houses. Elegant table settings for couples to large groups. They even offer High Tea on Saturday afternoons very popular for bridal parties or just a girl's day out.

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Upper level Dining




Head Chef Brad Sloane,whose background includes working under the legendary Marco Pierre White at The Belvedere in London, has refined the menu with simple dishes using fresh seasonal produce.

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Images - courtesy of Riverview Hotel website


There is also the added bonus of the private dining room that seats from 8 - 20 guests. Perfect for a special celebration.

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Private Dining Room - image courtesy of The Riverview Hotel website


If that doesn't satisfy you, then you can choose to sit outside in their rooftop courtyard.

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Rooftop courtyard - image TRH Website




I was very impressed with this lovely Hotel that I had no idea existed, as it's a few minutes walk off the main Darling Road but well worth a visit. Do check it out next time you visit Balmain.

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Why? Historic old Pub with great food
When: Hotel open 7 days a week - lunch & Dinner, The upper level Restaurant open for lunch on Friday, Saturday & Sunday and dinner 7 nights a week.
Phone: (02) 9810 1151
Where: 29 Birchgrove Road, Balmain
Cost: From $8 to over $50 depending on what you are eating and drinking
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