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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.