Four in Hand Hotel : 105 Sutherland St, Paddington

July 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm (Bar, European, Sydney)

Four in Hand

Located on a quiet street corner in swish Paddington, Four in Hand Hotel is not your typical pub.  Behind the unassuming exterior is a classically styled bar; black and white tiled floor underlying elegant bentwood stools surrounding a white-tiled bar with a beautiful stained timber top.  On game days, the Four is buzzing with activity, packed with sports-watching locals.  At quieter times, it’s a great spot for a casual catch-up, particularly with the cosy dining area near the kitchen, complete with fireplace.

Four in Hand - Bar

Chef Colin Fassnidge’s nose-to-tail bar menu will change your idea of pub food forever and is excellent value for money.  It’s quite tempting to simply eat your way through the grazing menu, featuring juicy BBQ ribs, slow-cooked pig’s ear, crumbed and fried schnitzel-style, and salt cod and chorizo croquettes, gorgeously crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle.

Four in Hand - Croquettes

Larger plates range from pub favourites (think crispy battered fish, juicy steaks and minced beef burgers topped with bite-y cheddar, pickles, beetroot and creamy rouille, requisite golden hand cut chips on the side) to hearty dishes of slow-cooked beef brisket with Irish colcannon and luxurious confit pork belly.  Double thumbs up for the fork-tender braised lamb shoulder, served with sweet peas and flavoursome minted sauce, and (surprise-hit) corned beef with cheesy horseradish dumplings in a clear, intense vegetable broth, dotted with herb oil.  Get a big enough group together and you can enjoy a whole roast pork belly with all the trimmings.

Four in Hand - Braised Lamb

Four in Hand - Corned Beef

All this amazing food before we even make it to the fine-dining restaurant, which will have to wait for a special occasion.
 
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