This place exceeded my expectation! I was expecting a typical too-cool-for-school Surrey hills place with average service and overpriced food. But instead I found the service to be super friendly, although a bit slow when we were going to pay the bill. The wine list was very cheap, with a great sav blanc for 40 dollars. The food was exquisite and it was really hard to chose because everything looked good. Highlight was the BBQ swordfish! The room was great- cosy with a great atmosphere and morrocon tiles on the walls.
Well done on the renovation
The front is a typical trendy pub with a good wine list and plenty of beers to choose from. While out back in the restaurant, with a fun filled and yummy Spanish menu. Everything won't disappoint. Try the $10 burgers on Wednesday but get in early as the tables fill up quickly.
Met a few friends at the Carrington on Australia Day for a late lunch and was really impressed with the low key but energised atmosphere. The food was great and I really enjoyed the calamari and aoili sliders and the tuna tartare. The sangria was great too. Not too sweet or sickening at all. After 3 jugs I was still feeling fresh :) Staff were really friendly and attentive without being over bearing. Also it was good value. For $50 each including tip, we had a variety of tapas, cocktails and sangria which i thuoght was really good. There are other tapas places where the quality isnt so great which are much more expensive than this.
The Carrington has undergone a TOTAL revamp. New management. New food. New decor. New Staff. New attitude. And, it's all good really....
Having lived just around the corner for a few years I'm very familiar with what the previous venue was like, and the reviews left previously definitely reflect the "old" Carrington. The "new" Carrington couldn't be more different - and it's definitely worth a visit if you were like me and avoided the last one like the plague.
Great location on leafy quiet Bourke St in Surry Hills, Carrington is everything that's great about an old stale pub reborn as a new dining & watering hole for urban dwellers.
The front bar has been retained, with a total remodelling and refurbishment of decor. The bar serves all manner of standard beer & wine options, and also a compelling selection of cocktails and mixed drinks - all expertly combined by friendly and talented bar staff.
The middle zone of the Carrington is blended with some bar snacks/small dining going on, or tables of people imbibing on pretty, tasty drinks. The crowd is mixed, but did skew to the younger female set on the night I was there.
And finally, towards the back is ample intimate seating for small or larger groups. A table of two is fine, and anywhere up to 12 or so from what I observed. Maybe more with prior arrangement as the tables were moved during the night to accommodate different group sizes.
Food is adventurous, modern, yet still honest enough to it's Spanish tapas origins. The menu changes regularly and you can check out their website for the latest offerings. The group of four I was in ordered a couple dishes each between us and had ample to fill us up. Staff were helpful in making recommendations - particularly around portion sizes and suitability for the group.
One thing I find Sydney tapas joints in general tend to get wrong for my liking is serving the dishes in quick succession. Poor pacing of the dishes is the one thing that can spoil an evening of catching up with friends if the magic is all over too quickly. On the night I was here, the pace felt about right for us.
My one gripe is the noise of the venue. I know I'm no longer in my 20's - and it's old fashioned to want to hear your dinner guests conversations instead of making facebook status updates - but, as the night wore on the dining experience was diminished due to the deafening noise levels. My ears were ringing when I left (I swear I'm not trying to be dramatic. Honest representation of the facts). No one likes a whisper quiet venue either, and I'm not advocating total silence by a long shot. But, my ears shouldn't be ringing after leaving dinner. To be fair, it did only get really bad later in the night - but, it's not a nightclub. I was seated at a table for dinner so the acoustics should be appropriate for that.
All in all. Fab double spesh. Jump on in. The eating & drinking is great.
This is a quiet, small local pub. When you first walk in you might be surprised by how small it is but if you keep walking past the poker machines you'll find a much larger second room complete with pool table. drink prices are reasonable.