Howard's Cantina Rose Erskineville THE F

Howard’s the man to know when it comes to classic pubs in Erskineville

Say “Hello, Howard”, because he’s the latest and greatest, only host you need to know in Sydney’s inner-West when it comes to quality eating and drinking in a relaxed hotel format.

The Rose in Erskineville has had a recent overhaul of its menu, its bar and its restaurant offering in the upstairs space, rebranding itself to Howard’s Cantina and Cocktail Bar, and they’ve done a damn fine job of it.

Howard's Cantina Rose Erskineville THE F

Its walls are green, its furniture solidly wooden, its bartenders knowledgable and veritably hell-bent on getting you plastered without realising it while the food its head chef Chris Bell pumps out of the kitchen is second to none-on the Erko strip; it’s a good thing.

Its a vibrant cantina and cocktail that embodies eccentricity of the area, paying homage to the old dude who used to own and operate the venue, while also playing along with the quirks of the venue itself its prominent heritage listing. It’s a cosy, family-run affair with a colossal amount of foot traffic. They’re onto a good thing.

The Leach family bought the landmark hotel 21 years ago and transitioned it into a winner in the local community.

“Howard’s is a social space, it’s about bringing a shared experience of good food and drink to the community of Erskineville. With it’s handcrafted cocktails, rustic urban menu and retro style, Howard’s personifies our family and the eclectic spirit of the Inner West,” said Scott Leach, manager.

The cocktail menu is laced with creative detail adding a unique flavour to beloved classics. The negroni features a smoke garnish made from hickory chips soaked in Grand Marnier, while the whiskey sour includes a float of Barossa Shiraz alongside the traditional sour mash, egg white and zesty lemon.

Howard's Cantina Rose Erskineville THE F

The sides, cheekily dubbed ‘wingmen’, include whole ‘cauliflower, crisp anchovies, peanut and pickled turnip’, ‘smoked pumpkin wedge, whipped garlic, mint seeds’ and ‘mash our way’. Meanwhile the mains are on the more adventurous side, with the ‘white wine poached lobster tail “butty”, avruga caviar and iceberg lettuce’ and the ‘whole whey braised lamb shoulder’.

It’s a must-visit.

Howard's Cantina Rose Erskineville THE F

Howard's Cantina Rose Erskineville THE F

 

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