Western suburbs icon The Claremont has made her triumphant return after a spectacular $12 million revamp.
After being acquired by Australian Venue Co and following an extended redevelopment the grand 120-year-old pub is back, bigger and better than ever!
Doubling in size, The Claremont’s impressive new look is thanks to Perth architecture firm Fratelle, who have merged the pub’s turn-of-the-century Federation Filigree style with a contemporary approach to hospitality. With over 2300 square metres of delightful spaces to explore, the pub’s capacity has now reached a whopping 1600 patrons!
Downstairs, you’ll find a bevy of spaces to enjoy your bevvy in – pun intended – whether you’re soaking up the historic details in the main bar, basking in the sun-drenched courtyard while the kids scramble over the playground, or settling into a cosy, timber-clad corner of the Bay Lounge. Downstairs you’ll also find the bistro – and we dare you to resist the temptation of that ultra-luxe cheese cart, lovingly handcrafted by a local maker and loaded with some truly epic fromage.
Head upstairs – pausing to take in that immense, impressive staircase and skylight, of course – for big vibes at the rooftop bar, or overlook the tree-lined terrace and watch the world go by from the balcony.
So what’s on the cards for eating and drinking?
The wine list has been curated by sommelier and author Matt Skinner with a dual focus on both affordability and championing local winemakers – expect to see established names like Cullen and Leeuwin Estate alongside emerging talents like Brave New Wine and Dormilona.
Similarly, eats will champion WA produce with a menu that combines unpretentious, pub favourites with some delightfully bougie vibes. We’re talkin’ pizzas, classic steak sangas, a juicy roast chook roll and a pretty highbrow chicken parmi alongside fancy-pants bites like potato scallops topped with cultured crème and caviar, Abrolhos Island octopus carpaccio, or Albany oysters with a native mignonette. (Or go all-out and grab the luxe seafood platter!)
“Given the sheer size and scale of the operation we have tried to cater for a variety of experiences, but ultimately we want The Claremont to feel approachable. It’s a pub after all, where everyone is welcome,” said AVC CEO Paul Waterson.
“We’ve been operating in and growing in Perth for several years now, and we love being part of the community here. There is a genuine camaraderie in the Perth hospitality scene, and the locals around Claremont have to be one of the most enthusiastic and engaged communities we’ve ever served. It’s a real privilege to be part of another historic Perth pub and such a significant revitalisation project.”
To check out more of the pub’s new offerings (and to book your table!), head to The Claremont’s website.
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