North Terrace’s Strathmore Hotel is preparing its new open-air verandah for a rush of thirsty customers as the city heats up.
Summer has arrived early at the Strathmore Hotel
It feels like winter has dragged on for months and months, but the recent sunshine and warm weather has a been a comforting reminder summer is just on our doorstep.
If you needed more reminders, forecasts this week show a top of 33ºC on Thursday, linen shirts have reappeared and boat shoes have come out of the wardrobe.
You can practically hear the Mojito’s calling your name.
With impeccable good timing, the recently refurbished Strathmore Hotel will launch its ‘Summer at the Strath’ campaign this month, offering off-menu food and cocktails to celebrate three months of summer heat.
Sangria, spritzers, and Hard Iced Teas will all be on the menu, with $3 oysters also a drawcard for patrons looking to enjoy fresh, cold seafood. The offers run until the end of the season in February.
Marketing manager Tia Papadopoulos expects the Verandah to be busy over summer on the back of the campaign, and the new look of the venue.
“We are really looking for something fresh up there and taking advantage of our unique retractable roof,” Tia says.
“We are creating a lot of summer cocktails that people can enjoy on our new open-air verandah.”
The same popular wines, beers and spirits will be on offer over the bar, and these are additional options over the warmer months.
Upstairs, head chef Matt Sherriff has worked with Simon Bryant to design a menu based around local produce at The Verandah Bar & Dining.
The pub still has its famous Stonegrill steak offering too, a fixture at the Strathmore Hotel since the 1980s. Pub favourites like burgers, wood-fired pizzas and schnitzels are also still on the ground floor menu.
The hotel, bought by the Basheer family in 1972, has undergone a much-needed renovation, which included a new ground-level cafe, revamped dining and lounge areas and the operable roof and bifold windows on the upstairs verandah. The renovation comes 35 years after its first revamp in the 1980s.
Studio Nine led the renovations, which took about a year to complete. With an emphasis on exposed brick, the finished product is a modern-feeling pub that is warm, welcoming and has opened up space for more people to enjoy the pub.
“Our customers are loving the new space and we’ve had a lot of people come through and enjoying the transformation since reopening” Tia says.
“The new Verandah is a space where people can gather, have food and a drink with great views overlooking North Terrace.”