Taking one step into Foresters Restaurant & Bar might feel like taking a step back in time. Located in the Peppers Hotel on Brunswick Street, the building’s 1889 facade evokes cool sophistication in a setting of nostalgic decadence.
Inspired by elements of New York, the 140-seat space showcases grand archways, exposed brickwork and black sconce lighting, creating a moody, old-world ambience. Known as the Valley’s first movie theatre, the buttery smell of popcorn and ticket stubs have been replaced with plush, leather-backed lounges and gold-trimmed marble bar tables. You might not be able to catch the latest Spiderman instalment here, but the venue’s luxe interior is perfect for when you’re feeling like a fancy Valley experience.
Under the careful guidance of executive chef Peter Popow, the edgy, all-day eatery offers an elevated gastropub menu that heroes local produce and scrubbed-up, fine-dining techniques. If pretty is your thing, their trendy brunch offerings are guaranteed to please all Insta-foodie lovers. Enjoy chia pudding crowned with decorative toppings like mandarin jelly and toasted granola, or smashed avocado on quinoa loaf with beetroot hummus, dukkha and cashew cream.
Hungry appetites will appreciate hearty lunch and dinner offerings that put a sophisticated spin on pub classics. Think Black Onyx beef burgers, chicken parmigianas with prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella and lemon myrtle roast chicken with bacon fat potatoes.
Tasty tipples are also aplenty, featuring 18 signature cocktails, a lengthy wine list and plenty of tap beer. Waltz into their slick bar area to taste a smoky Bush Fire Negroni, or sweeten up with a salted caramel espresso martini garnished with popcorn.
Experience a bit of pizazz on Brunswick Street and book your dining experience at Foresters Restaurant and Bar here.