The Clock Hotel

A Crown Street icon that beckons you in with a sun-drenched balcony and a menu to match.
Alec Jones
Published on November 30, 2014
Updated on December 11, 2023


Crown Street's centrally located hotel is out to ditch the crusty old pub stigma and make its well-designed mark on the Sydney bar scene with new owner Solotel. Food-wise, expect some of the best pub feeds Surry Hills has to offer. Forget any tacky surf 'n' turf here, your feed has a French twist at The Clock. It's certainly proof that you don't need a dapper French waiter serving you a warm baguette for it to taste damn fine.

This isn't specialty French, it's pub food with a French twist. Instead of chicken parmi, you'll find a crumbed chicken cordon bleu with ham, gruyere and pomme fries. Fancy a fish and chips? Opt for crispy skin barramundi with baby potatoes, green beans and wholegrain mustard. You get the idea; it stretches from starters like tuna tartare with parsley, caper vinaigrette and crispy wonton skin to desserts like blueberry cheesecake with confit orange and blueberry compote.

Regarding cocktails, you'll find three menus available in three different areas. The street bar offers classics like espresso martinis and passionfruit margaritas, while the balcony and whisky room offer different menus with unique blends — made with spirits of every colour and taste.

The Clock is more than just a dining room, though. Several spaces throughout the venue are available for patrons and group bookings alike. Just inside the entrance, there's space for mingling with a bev in hand, plus booths that can comfortably fit a small group to sit and enjoy your meal. If the air is pleasant and the vibes are right, by all means, grab a drink and a spare stool to enjoy the Crown Street ambience from the balcony.

Want something else? Venture indoors again, and you'll notice several comfortable lounge areas. The Crown Street banquette and the Collins Street corner are available for event bookings, as is the intimate Whisky Room (high ceilings, private bar and an open deck, ooh la la). The biggest space is on the second floor: the pendulum lounge, ideal for a large celebration.


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