Walk past the fashion boutiques in Paddington and you'll find a new set of bi-fold doors that has recently opened to the public.
Set to become a new local for Paddo residents, the Village Inn is bar identity Leeroy Peterson's latest venture. With its unique history and location, the venue strives to whisk customers back to colonial Paddington.
Situated on the corner of Glenmore Road and Oxford Street, amidst the hustle of Paddington's so-called "Intersection" (formerly known as "Paddington Village"), the precinct dates back to the 1840s as Paddington's earliest commercial and residential settlement.
"We designed the venue to bring back the old charm of Paddington for the local residents," Peterson says.
"We really want the place to have a community feel. I want people to come and relax; be themselves and be comfortable."
Previously an Irish pub before reopening in mid-July, the heritage building has been elegantly refurbished and re-styled. Wooden floors meet exposed brick, glass wall lights illuminate the space, old boxing gloves hang off walls and vintage trophies line benches.
The menu is a nod to the venue's gastronomic past, offering a selection of creative "delicious morsels" alongside "usual pub suspects". Nibble on citrus-scented olives or opt for "the Nordic" cured salmon. Peterson's favourite is the "big bad wolf" burger – smoked ham, pork belly, bacon, fried egg and gruyere on a milk bun.
Venture upstairs to find The Print Room, also set up by Peterson last year. This cocktail lounge is designed as the "Audrey Hepburn" to offset the "Ernest Hemingway" vibe downstairs. Together, they offer a taste of Paddington's past in all its old-world glory.
The Village Inn, 9-11 Glenmore Road, Paddington, (02) 9331 0911, open Monday-Sunday, 12pm-late.