In the last 18 months or so, with a lick of paint and a few pot-plants, The Norfolk has undergone a radical transformation and is now a wonderful place for a beer or two, or a quick bite to eat.
A large, shady beer garden and three bars serve a decidedly hip crowd, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights or during a Sunday afternoon session. Apart from two TV’s in the front room, The Norfolk is otherwise stripped of any screens or pokies, so if you want to have a quick slap look somewhere else.
The grub: The Norfolk’s little cantina offers some pretty standard pub grub with a slightly American diner type twist. Things like the $12 cola-braised (whatever that means) Quesadillas, $9 chilli fries and the pork sliders are all good, but four soft shell taco’s for $20 can’t really be beaten.
Behind the bar: Think your usual selection of beers on tap, house wines and spirits supplemented with some more interesting stuff for those willing to pay. The $15 cocktail list is also awesome.
Bill please: Cocktails $15; beers from $5.50.
Verdict: While the staff aren’t always the friendliest, The Norfolk is great whether you’re looking for a few quiet beers or a raucous night on the tiles.
Three and a half Norfolk Pines out of five.
305 Cleveland St, Surry Hills. thenorfolk.co