Paddington has a new local | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Paddington has a new local

If you’re a Paddington local (or just regularly eat and drink your way through the suburb), you might have noticed some goings on at 267 Given Terrace over the last few months. And while it’s been a long time coming, Paddington bar Hope & Anchor has finally opened their doors for brews, cocktails and creative gastropub feeds. A new venue from Jamie Webb, the man behind Lefty’s and Ginger’s (so you know this is going to be a good spot for a drink), Hope & Anchor manages to combine the best parts of an old-school English pub and a more modern gastropub theme. Taking over a heritage listed bakery, the venue practically oozes charm, with exposed brick walls, leather booths and even a few stuffed animals on the walls for that real old school pub feeling. Hope and anchorBut onto the more important things, namely, what is there to eat and drink? Well don’t expect bangers and mash here, but you will find some retro dishes like steak tartare, gourmet fish fingers and devils on horseback (ask mum if you’ve never heard of THOSE before). There’s even a good old chip butty sandwich pimped up with black garlic mayo, not to mention some sweet desserts if you need a sugar hit. For the more modern food lovers, get your hands on cheesy arancini balls, spicy meatballs and juicy pork belly bites while you sit back and relax in the welcoming surrounds. While you nibble, get your drink on with classic and creative cocktails, a pretty impressive list of wines and of course, a whole lot of craft beers on tap, in bottles and in tins – just pick your poison. Ready to make Hope & Anchor your new local? You’ll find them at 267 Given Terrace, Paddington, open Monday to Thursday for dinner and drinks, and Friday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Image (top) by Natalie Hoo