Harlow, Richmond’s flavour-packed, good-times charged pub is now open. Bringing new life to what was the old Great Britain Hotel, the 300pax Church Street property has been reborn as an all-occasions destination, with a spacious outdoor courtyard, basement and balcony dining.
Suited to all ages, occasions and tastes, Harlow offers a variety of versatile spaces and experiences within the new-look pub. Guests can start at the ground floor bar and dining area, before stepping out into the sprawling sun-drenched courtyard, complete with a separate entrance for those who want to bring along their four-legged friends. When the sun goes down, they can retreat to the neon-lit basement bar, with low booth seating and a dimly lit metal mesh bottle display. Music remains at the heart of the venue, with the soundtrack as diverse as the venue itself.
Harlow’s love of music carries through to the menu, full of pub classics with modern twists and vibrant flavours. Executive Chef Telina Menzies has designed a menu that can be experienced the same way people would a gig. Just like their stage counterpart, the opener starts the feast off in style – like fried chicken, with pickled watermelon and blue cheese mayo or cheeseburger empanadas with special sauce. For the support act, guests can tuck into the H-low cheeseburger, complete with cheese, pickles, Harlow’s burger sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion. As a headliner, Harlow is serving classic pub favourites including the spicy meatball melt with smoked mozza, basil and crisps; the prawn roll, served with a side of salt and vinegar chips; and the ‘snack pack’ kebab, a decadent wrap made with lamb, chips, garlic yoghurt, chilli sauce and cheese. There is no party quite like the after party, so to top off the meal, Ha serves up mini gin and juice pops, made with gin, tonic, orange bitters, rosemary and chocolate, and the BIG Mess, Harlow’s take on the classic meringue dessert. Large groups are encouraged to BBQ the Harlow way with a pre-paid BBQ, where the chef slings proteins on the grills to a backdrop of 80s and 90s bangers on the decks.
Sitting alongside an extensive list of wines and beers, Harlow’s Mark Proctor has designed a cocktail list broken down into three different themes – Hip Hop, Pop and Heavy Metal. Much like their music counterpart, these cocktails have been inspired by the songs and artists of each genre, with Hip Hop’s Gin N Juice cocktail featuring Four Pillars gin, elderflower and cranberry juice, Pop’s California Girls with citrus vodka, peach liqueur, pinto gris, orange juice and egg white and Heavy Metal’s Voodoo People cocktail, with white rum, spiced rum, orgeat and fruit juice.
“Harlow is all about having a great time, just like your mate’s place you never want to leave” says Ben Hehir, Harlow’s manager. “We want Harlow to be the place where people can pop in for a casual lunch on a Saturday afternoon and then end up dancing the night away. Come back in on the Sunday with the fam and do it all over again”.
Harlow is open throughout the Christmas season, except for Christmas Day. Harlow will also be open for walk ins on New Year’s Eve, with free entry for all guests. Those wanting to recover and start off the new year in typical Aussie fashion, Harlow is hosting a Backyard BBQ recovery session on New Year’s Day, opening at 12pm.
Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 1am
Friday to Saturday: 12pm to 3am
Sunday: 12pm to 11pm
447 Church St, Richmond