The Canberran

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Fresh Brew – A Preview of ‘Bent Spoke’ Micro Brewery

by The Editor

Bent-Spoke-Sign

It was inevitable, really. In Canberra’s hipster-haven of Braddon there was only a matter of time until someone had the good sense to install a craft beer outlet.

(Not that it’s a bad thing!)

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Everything Old is New Again – Debacle

by The Editor

Debacle Logo

Debacle is dead!  Long live Debacle!

Like any good dynasty –  such as the Windsors, the Kims or The Phantom – it takes a good death to refresh the family lineage.  It was therefore with some sorrow but a healthy dose of anticipation that on 23 February we bade farewell to Debacle at its old site north on Lonsdale Street.

So, where to next?

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A Longer Shorty’s Stop-in

by The Editor

Shorty's Bar

Well, as promised last week, we have thrown ourselves into our work with journalistic and epicurean vigour (plus, it was Good Friday and options for lunch were few and far between). Off then to Shorty’s to trawl the menu for at least one seafood option…

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Get into Shorty’s – A mini-review

by The Editor

Shorty's Bar

On New Year’s Eve this year, staff and owners held a private party to farewell Milk and Honey after ten years on the corner of ‘Melbourne Lane’ and Bunda Street. Less than 90 days later, we’ve got Shorty’s.

So, what is it? Like John Travolta himself, is the site set for a renaissance?
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The Cafe Formerly Known as Milk & Honey

by The Editor

MilkHoney-logo

They say a week is a long time in politics.  In the world of hospitality, ten years is basically a lifetime.  With that in mind, its worth tipping a hat to Miriana Cavic and Jamie Thompson who, for the best part of a decade, were the front-line faces of Milk & Honey.  On New Year’s Eve, the gang held a party at their Bunda Street institution, fare-welling staff, customers and friends with one last hurrah and closed their doors one last time.  It will certainly be missed.

In the early days of 2013 the keys were handed over to a new owner.  Almost immediately works began on refurbishing the venue – so what can we expect in the months to come?

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Edgar’s Inn – Canberra’s Best Breakfast?

by The Editor

Nothing sets the tone for a sparkling weekend than a satisfying breakfast.  Now that the sun has reappeared a lazy morning with papers and friends is becoming more and more attractive.  So, if you’re one for the organic and healthy, or perhaps nursing the after-effects of an indulgent ‘night before’, would you ever think to go and have breakfast at a pub?  Well, we certainly hadn’t.

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Saturday Night Dining at Gryphons Caffe

by The Editor

We first visited Gryphons Caffe in Griffith shortly after opening.  Back then it had all the confidence and coordination of a new born foal.  Now, almost five months after throwing open the doors, how would Gryphons treat us on a Saturday night?

The clever bit

Firstly, Gryphons has managed to install something not a single hospitality venue has managed in this town:  an air-locked front door.  In a week where the average overnight temperature averaged -5C, the airlock – while initially installed to prevent noise escaping – does a wonderful job of shielding punters from the cold night air.

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Lightning Review: Duxton – O’Connor Shops

by The Editor

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We’d just about had enough.  There’s only so much rain you can be expected to take.  Despite every intention not to leave the house before the sun came out, there was nothing to do but grab a brolly, take on the elements and get out of the house before we started climbing the wall.  We decided it was time to hit Duxton.

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Lightning Review: Gryphons Caffe – Griffith Shops

by The Editor

Well this one certainly snuck up on us… while having a sneaky look at Duxton in O’Connor shops, Gryphons Caffe flung its doors open to Southside pubgoers with little fanfare.  Finally, Griffith shops has its own pub.

We made our way from a lazy (though deeply satisfying) breakfast at Edgar’s in Ainslie – but more about that at a later time.  Out the front of Gryphons Caffe (don’t get uptight about punctuation or spelling – we’ve been through this before) we were delighted to discover a blackboard proclaiming it had indeed opened on the 23rd.

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All Bar Nun: Duxton: The Nun

by The Editor

Update:  Duxton will be open today (Friday 24 February) from 2pm.  The plan is to get the beer pumping before entertaining a pre-Brumbies crowd.

You’ll get to enjoy that ‘new pub’ smell, with all the existing woodwork receiving a tidy up and new coat of varnish.  A semi industrial feel not dissimilar to Tongue and Groove pervades, with  metal pendant lighting over the front bar, while in the back bar chesterfield couches are matched with heavy wooden benches.  The back area is decorated with shades of grey and green, and hanging potplants have the potential to create an inside/outside feel in a similar vein to Public in Manuka.

Back in the front bar, a large 1920s-style graphic of a geezer riding a beer barrel dominates the large wall opposite the entry.  You can expect around ten beers on tap, with Matilda Bay’s Dirty Granny the cider of choice on draught.

There’s an upstairs area coming some time in the future, and rumours exist of a complete revamp of the space sometime later this year.  Three weeks is a very short period to give such a large space a makeover, but it looks as though time has been well spent.

Don’t expect anything radical for now – This looks like a same-same-but-different enterprise for now.  Rather than a new direction for Inner-North socialising,  Duxton might be more like meeting an old friend who’s grown a moustache.

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Recently we reported on the movements of the Kenny brothers regarding the new ‘Gryphons Caffe’ in Griffith, it’s worth providing an update on O’Connor shops as we head back to where it all began.

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