Stanmore's Salisbury Hotel unveils family-friendly revamp

Pork ribs with chilli and plum glaze.
Pork ribs with chilli and plum glaze. Photo: Supplied

This particular unveiling doesn't usher in a new design trend or little-known cuisine. Indeed, it's quite the opposite.

The 12-month renovation at the Salisbury Hotel is about as revolutionary as a mixed grill at a country pub. Deliberately so.

"I'm very much a pub person. I'm not into this whole here today, gone tomorrow thing," says publican Trish Larkin. 

The beer offering blends pub staples with local craft beers.
The beer offering blends pub staples with local craft beers. Photo: Supplied

"A lot of people go with something [off-beat] because they want change for the sake of it.

"If you do something timeless, we won't have to touch it." 

Part of the "timeless" look Larkin talks about is the centrepiece 1926 beer delivery truck they've turned into a beer garden table.

A 1926 beer delivery truck has been converted into a table.
A 1926 beer delivery truck has been converted into a table. Photo: Supplied

"We found it on Gumtree," she says.

Chef Ridz Ma'rop (the Henson Park, Flying Fajita Sisters) walks a similar path, knocking out a menu of pub classics including beef and Guinness pie and Brew Truck Angus burger, as well as updated hotel dishes such as pork ribs with chilli and plum glaze with apple and fennel salad and a dish of maple miso salmon.  

The beer offering blends pub staples with local craft beers.

The refurbished main bar.
The refurbished main bar. Photo: Supplied

"We wanted to create a pub environment where you'd be happy to take your mum, granddad or children," Larkin says.

Mon-Sat 10am-midnight; Sunday 10am-10pm

118 Percival Road, Stanmore, salisburyhotel.com.au