The Royal Leichhardt restores grand wraparound balcony (Sydney)

Leichhardt institution The Royal has recently added a new dimension to their already sterling presence on Norton Street by restoring the grand heritage-style wraparound balcony that was originally taken down in the mid to late 1920s. The restoration comes ahead of the venue’s 130th birthday celebration later this month and completes a picture which nods to the pubs original Victorian aesthetic, framing the entire facade of the hotel with an all-weather drinking and dining spot overlooking the famed inner-west strip.


The balcony is part of a series of refurbishments that have reworked The Royal throughout this year, from expanding the downstairs public bar to reconfiguring the attached bottle shop and adding an additional bar upstairs. Lift access has also made its way to The Royal, providing more access to a wider range of locals from the ground floor up.


“This is an exciting time for the pub and the suburb of Leichhardt,” said venue liscensee Mark Chapman. “Our vision is to provide the community with a fantastic local that they are proud of and hopefully it will in turn attract further investment into Norton Street and really bring the street back to its vibrant past”.

The balcony extends from the upstairs offering at The Royal, which features a botanical dining menu with dishes like the Fried Chicken Wings with paprika mayo and Salt & Pepper Squid. New lighter options include various salad bowls alongside heavier pub usuals like burgers, schnitzels, and grilled meats.

The Royal Leichhardt

Address: 156 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Contact: 02 9569 2638

Images supplied and credited to Alana Dimou.


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Chris Singh

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