If you are looking for somewhere a little different to wind down after a hard day’s work, step off the streets of Perth and into the latest British inspired gastropub – Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room. You may remember it used to be called The Brown Fox and if you cast your mind back just a few more years, it was a haunt for local office workers, known as O’Connors.
The launch of the new venue and English name was mid-week but that didn’t stop a crowd from enjoying the ambience and the sensation of sipping on a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
I love a place that has various nooks and sections, each offering their own atmosphere, allowing you to wander from room to room depending on your mood. The refurbishment allows patrons to congregate in different areas depending on whether they wish to drink, eat, or both. The main room includes long communal tables and a curved bar. A verandah makes the most of Perth’s balmy weather and if you wander up a few steps a set of tables accommodate small groups or couples.
For those who prefer a little more privacy away from the crowds, a separate room, almost entirely furnished with timber, is reminiscent of an old English pub and draws you in with its cosy feel.
Back in the midst of the action, a table is set with fresh oysters. 1/2 a dozen Coffin Bay oysters are available to purchase for lunch or from the pub for $18, with a dozen costing $34.
Their lunch and pub menus are virtually identical and the dinner menu has minimal changes. You can buy Angus burgers, soup of the day, cheese platters to share and bangers and mash with caramelised onion gravy and onion rings for $27. A sample on the launch night was a tasty teaser.
Beer battered fish and chips with tartare sauce and mushy peas will cost you $26 and if they taste anything like what was on offer the other night, you won’t regret parting with the cash.
Looking suave in his suit, Managing Director, Chris Pollitt brings many years experience to the table. From his time at the Windsor Hotel in South Perth to years spent working in London, Chris has amassed knowledge that should catapult Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining Room to the forefront of Perthites social diaries.
The food, drinks and ambience were enough to tempt me back but this burlesque dancer’s routine impressed the crowd and I’m sure many would return for a repeat performance.
Mayfair Lane, 72 Outram Street, West Perth is open Monday through to Saturday 11.30 am to late; closed Sundays.
Note: foodie cravings attended Mayfair Lane’s launch party. Michelle went there personally the following day with a girlfriend to try it out the following day, she highly recommends the pork belly and cocktails but thought the desserts were not worth the price tag.