A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published June 11th 2019
A rub-a-dub that won't break the tommy tank
An old favourite in central Melbourne has re-opened after an extensive renovation prompted by a change of management. While retaining its heritage listed facade, what you'll find inside The Oxford Scholar Hotel, located in the RMIT precinct in Swanston Street, is an all-new, modern interior, boasting new bars, multiple dining and event spaces and a plant filled courtyard.
The heritage listed exterior of The Oxford Scholar
The renovation was led by March Studio Director, architect and RMIT alumnus Rodney Eggleston, who drew on his memories of The Oxford Scholar as a student sanctuary.
"We drew inspiration from the old English colonial pub but represented and manipulated it to provide a democratic space for all, which is what RMIT stands for," he said.
The result is multifunction space over three levels, retaining a classic pub feel on the ground floor, while offering bookable spaces for private events or corporate functions on the two upper levels.
One of the bars in The Oxford Scholar
On the food front, the menu retains some classic pub favourites, including the Classic Scholar Parma ($24.50), and Bangers and Mash ($20.50). There's a range of burgers ($20 - $22), along with some more innovative, seasonally inspired mains. There is also a variety of starters and entrees (some of which would work very well as a snack with a beer or glass of wine). I tried the pork spring rolls ($11.50), and the pulled pork tortillas ($16), amongst other dishes, and found them to be delicious.
Pulled pork tortillas
The Oxford Scholar offers a good range of local and internationally sourced craft beers, cider and wines. Try a tasting paddle of four beers for $16.
If you're fortunate enough to be an RMIT staff member, student or alumni, OR a local resident, you will receive 10% off food and beverages via the Oxford Scholar app, (15% off for RMIT Affiliates).
Pork spring rolls
If you haven't been into The Oxford Scholar in a while, I recommend a visit - you couldn't help but be impressed by the transformation it has undergone.
Can't make up your mind which beer to have? Try a tasting paddle!
The Oxford Scholar Hotel is located at 427 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
It is open seven days: Monday – Friday 8am – 12am, Saturday 12pm – 1am, and Sunday 12pm – 11pm.
The website is still being developed, so in the meantime, head on over to the Facebook page for more details (including the menu) and images.
For more information, to make a booking, or inquire about a private function or corporate event, please call on (03) 9964 6976, or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The images in this article were taken by the writer.