Review: The Grosvenor Hotel

Review: The Grosvenor Hotel

This iconic Melbourne pub on Brighton Road, St Kilda has transformed itself over the decades. Dating back to the 1800’s, The Grosvenor Hotel has been able to remain on top of the competitive Melbourne foodie scene with the most recent refurbishment completed in 2011. The multi-faceted venue is complete with an atrium, terrace, cocktail bar, bistro, wine bar, private dining room and an upstairs function room as well as an external burger bar (STKBB) and drive through bottle-o, yep, drive through.

The Grosvenor Hotel isn’t your usual suburban-pub. Swap dim-lighting with retro Edison bulbs, broken wobbly chairs for polished black bentwood. Instead of pitchers of Melbourne Bitters, find a wine list that focuses on elegant Victorian wine. No mystery $10 steak from who-knows-where, get premium cuts of 100% certified Gippsland grass-fed beef that’s been aged in-house for 40 days.

Despite sounding oh-so-fancy, The Grosvenor Hotel caters for everyone. From family dinners with the children, casual work drinks with your work crush or rowdy birthday parties with the gang. The interior is inoffensive and the menu includes the pub classics to please all, such as a selection of parma’s, woodfire pizzas, burgers, steak, children's menu and happy hour specials.

With 3 days notice, you can order the whole suckling pig for $650 which is enough to feed 10 people. For light grazing, there’s a selection of cured meats including San Danielle prosciutto, Jamon serrano, Fuet anis salami or 'nduja served with house pickles, olives, and wood fired oven bread.  For those on a diet, the whole roasted flounder with butter caper dressing, cavolo nero, chilli, garlic, parmesan, and almonds sounds right up your alley. For those who want to tick something off their ‘weird things i’ve eaten’ list, there’s lambs brain with gribiche, lemon and herb salad. Glutards can get their woodfired pizza on a gluten-free base at no extra cost. 

Last, but certainly not least is dessert. You can opt for their range cheese and wine or indulge in some cake made by their in-house pastry chef. The cakes include caramel gateau, lemon meringue dome, iced Vovo (remember those old-school jammy marshmallowy biscuits?) and so much more.

The Grosvenor Hotel is certainly a people-pleaser. A safe option with a bit more finesse than the usual pub.