The AB Hotel

225 Glebe Point Road, Glebe Glebe, NSW 2037

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Opening hours Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm,Sun 1pm-8pm
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos, Mastercard, Visa, AMEX
Phone 02 9660 1417

The Ancient Briton is no longer ancient; she's a snazzy set-up called the AB that is part pub, part cocktail bar, part mod-Oz diner. The dining nook features metal flowers sculpted from kitchen implements sprouting from the roof. There are themed monthly menus, a great wine list and a huge range of tap beers including own brews. Counter meals come with wine suggestions; the salt-and-pepper soft-shell crab with garlic, spring onions and chilli is well matched with the chosen sauvignon blanc, while the double-cooked duck caramelised slowly in an Asian-inspired sauce on a bed of bok choy goes well with AB, the house lager.