Charming, unpretentious food with a nod to Britain.

The creators behind the Hazy Rose in Darlinghurst have teamed up to open Downstairs Restaurant on Sydney’s iconic Stanley Street, Darlinghurst. Sydney Social 101 has the absolute pleasure of being invited along to sample the offering.

Downstairs Restaurant takes you on a memorable trip to the UK with interior fittings including quirky bowler hats recreated as lamp shades, British band posters, comfy booths resembling the British railway line and plenty of UK paraphernalia – Downstairs Restaurant is the perfect spot for a divine meal complete with a British soundtrack. We really felt at home and couldn’t wait to see what was in store.

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Ben Allcock, former chef at East Village has created an Anglocentric menu with a modern spin.  Incorporating traditional and modern British dining, Ben’s stand-out dishes include; Scallops, Cauliflower Cream, Kedgeree Croquettes and Bombay Hazelnuts ($16), Pork Tenderloin, Crumbed Belly, Honey Glazed Chicory, Pear, Fennel and Celery Salad ($27), followed by the Lemon Burnt Cambridge Cream, Lemon Curd, Meringues ($12)


We tucked into a selection of the dishes and it really felt like we were eating at our Nana’s house – true British home cooking at its best!


Downstairs Restaurant has a large array of international and Australian wines that have been handpicked to accompany and complement each dish on the menu. Olivia Rockwell, manager of Downstairs Restaurant as well as all Downstairs staff have been trained in the carefully selected wine list on offer – giving diners a unique experience to suit all palates.


Downstairs Restaurant also offers a traditional British roast with all the trimmings every Sunday between 12:00-9:00pm for a reasonable $20 per head. Guests are encouraged to make the most of their visit to Downstairs Restaurant and head upstairs for a cheeky cocktail, wine or beer to The Hazy Rose, which has recently been reopened on a Sunday from 5-10:00pm.

With a seasonal and creative menu, outstanding service and quality food, Downstairs Restaurant is now open every Tuesday through to Saturday from 5-10:00pm, as well as Lunch on a Sunday from 12-9:00pm.

Downstairs Restaurant offers classic British favourites in a unique and fresh environment.

Downstairs Restaurant is located at 83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst. Ph: 0420 645 373 and is open for Dinner every Tuesday through to Saturday from 5:00pm to late, as well as Roast on a Sunday from 12-9:00pm – Reservations and walks ins welcome.

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Lisa Hollinshead
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