I’ve been trying to get to The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen for a while now and I will admit to selfishly suggesting it for dinner tonight as a group of us get together to work shop ideas for an upcoming 40K Foundation charity event. Coincidentally, we also happen to be the bride and two bridesmaids…. so really we have two events to plan.
Relatively new to the pub scene (3 months old), The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen resides in what used to be home of local-boozer, the Duck & Swan, just up the street from one of the oldest pubs in Sydney, The Rose, in Chippendale.
Owner, Ben Kirkman, who spent the last 6 years working in London with the pub group Geronimo Inns, said Chippendale had real appeal as the location to open his first Sydney pub. It’s proximity to the city, Surry Hills, Newtown, Glebe and the ‘village’ feel the small narrow residential streets that surround it give, were just some of the characteristics that made it perfect for what they were trying to achieve – a homely, relaxed pub (sans pokies), like an extension of your living room.
They’ve definitely nailed the ‘home away from home’ feel, with contemporary/country decor and a light and airy space – I feel like I’ve just walked in to a friends place. Different rooms are filled with odd tables, chairs and cushions and the faux-book shelved walls, give the makeover character. When designing the space, Ben said he wanted TDIP&K to be “A place where you can come in any day of the week, have a beer or two and hang out with family and friends on the couch, or in the garden and play some Jenga or Scrabble and while away the hours over a good meal”.
We’re spread out working across one of the family sized tables. I love the fresh flowers everywhere that look like they’ve just been picked from the garden. The relaxed atmosphere is so welcoming – you don’t feel like you’re being rushed through to make room for the next installment of diners. I catch a glimpse of the beer garden before the sun goes down – this will be lovely in summer and I hear it’s pet friendly too?
Currently open for lunch and dinner, the menu was created with help from the Geronimo Inns Chefs that Ben worked with in London. The food philosophy is simple – fresh, seasonal restaurant quality food at pub prices with a relaxed informal style of service.
My grilled Atlantic salmon served with a warm zucchini and daikon salad and honey soy dressing ($23) is perfectly cooked and enjoyed with a glass of the Devils Corner pinot noir ($8/$33). Wendy polishes off the Wild mushroom risotto ($19) and bride-to-be loves her Grilled lamb with mash and green beans ($24) especially the nutty/pesto. Plates are served on wooden chopping boards – it’s simple food and good value for money.
Just because we’ve worked so hard (or she knows me too well), bride-to-be, kindly offers to share a Sticky date pudding and vanilla bean ice cream ($9) with me – “one of the best” she says.
We’re done and I feel like collecting my slippers and wandering upstairs to go to bed…
With UNO tournaments and Mad Hatters Tea Parties on the calendar, you’re sure to find a good excuse to visit The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen – if not for just a lazy Sunday lunch… just like home, but without the washing up!
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen – 74 Rose Street, Chippendale NSW 2008 – 02 9319 4415