Just Open: The Public, Cammeray

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Relaxed fare: A pulled pork burger, fried baby squid and spiced pork belly at The Public in Cammeray.
Relaxed fare: A pulled pork burger, fried baby squid and spiced pork belly at The Public in Cammeray. Photo: Christopher Pearce

If Cammeray's Miller Street was a Monopoly board strip, James and Will Christopher could start buying houses. The brothers, who already operate the popular Laneway Cafe and neighbouring Ms Miller tapas bar, have now thrown open the doors to a third venue on the same block, The Public.

Co-owned with lower north-shore local Damien Barrow, The Public is casual bar and restaurant with a semi-Scandinavian fit out (read: blonde wood and white walls).  

James says he wants the place to be the kind of easy-going, accessible joint where you stop in for a beer with a mate, take a partner on a date to the dining room or book a table for the whole family. 

The casual semi-Scandi fit-out.
The casual semi-Scandi fit-out. Photo: Christopher Pearce

"We've been in Cammeray for seven years with Laneway," James says. "We know the area and we know the locals. Over the last year or two we've noticed more customers wishing there was a local pub, and that's where the idea of The Public stemmed from."

Before it was The Public, the venue was Epoque Belgian Beer Cafe. All 10 beer taps have been kept on board to pour beer from Young Henry's, Rocks Brewing, Two Birds, Mountain Goat, Endeavour and Carlton. James hopes to showcase local brewers by rotating the craft beer taps every six to eight weeks.

James Featherstone, a one-time finalist on BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals, is on the pans in an exposed kitchen pumping out pub classics and Greek/Mediterranean food such as family-sized platters of lamb kleftiko and barbecue chicken with taramasalata and hummus.

"My brother and I have a Greek Cypriot background," James says. "Dad was born there and came over to Australia on a boat when he was about seven. We've always spent Christmas and Easter with the Greek side of the family and grown up with that food."

James says there's a good chance punters will see the boys' father in the kitchen cooking their grandma's potato recipe too.

429 Miller Street, Cammeray, (02) 9925 0050, daily 11am-late