Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came — The Kentish is just that place.
Nestled on the tree-lined Stanley Street in North Adelaide, this historic pub is perfect for a drink and bite to eat with friends, away from the hustle and bustle. It’s no surprise that The Kentish is popular with locals (including four-legged friends), and word is spreading fast.
Come one, come all
It’s a well-established crew at the helm, with brothers Matt and Luke Kelly, as well as Ryan Hughes and Millie Coope having a solid history and all-round love of the hospitality game.
Apart from the obvious facelift they’ve given this iconic pub, the team brings all the ingredients for a good time, guaranteed. On the pub scene since just 15, Matt knows what sets a watering hole apart. “We know the names of our locals, and love that they feel like it’s ‘their pub’. There’s a sense of familiarity, even for first-timers who are welcomed like friends — if they’re happy, we’re happy.”
With an A-grade team to serve you, this vibe echoes throughout the different spaces — from the main bar and front dining room to the courtyard and Wine Shed out the back.
Let’s get merry!
Something to celebrate? There are shindig options galore at The Kentish, with spaces for big or small-scale cocktail or sit down events, as well as a light-filled boardroom upstairs. Whatever the occasion, you’ll be well looked after so all that’s left to do is celebrate.
Perfectly staged for functions, The Wine Shed is a highlight. The corridors lined with vintage bottles of vino (rumoured to be remnants of a previous owner’s sessions on the sauce) set the scene for an appreciation of a good drop and a good time!
East meets west
More than just a quality tavern, The Kentish specialises in serving top-notch nosh. It’s pub fare with an Asian influence and there are plenty of options to share the love, with an array of tapas-style dishes and a cracking a la carte menu. Plus, they cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free needs.
Head Chef Albert Sony and his team know how to get your tastebuds dancing. What would you say to the likes of grilled halloumi bites with oregano and lime; Mexican beef brisket tacos; or marinated chargrilled chorizo with a garlic and rosemary glaze? It’s a resounding YAS from us!
For more of a solo affair, go a la carte and grab a rare beef salad with green papaya, green beans, chilli, peanuts, heirloom tomatoes, fried shallots and nam jim dressing; or a miso marinated Tasmanian salmon fillet with an Asian soy glaze, coconut rice, braised bok choy, onion, coriander and chilli salsa. One of each, please!
Pair these delicious eats with your favourite tipple — and with an extensive wine list and a stellar line-up of craft beers, it’s no chore to make a choice.
Same same, but different
If you’ve been lucky enough to spend a summer on the Fleurieu Coast, you’ll know about The Kentish’s southern sister, the Hotel Elliot. Consistently good grub in a family-friendly space, the Elliot has big open windows overlooking The Strand on one side and all the excitement of the passing Cockle Train on the other. Not to mention Espresso Martinis and frozen cocktails flowing. This vibrant hotel is buzzing with locals and visitors of all ages, year-round… and it’s about to get even better!
“The past seven years have been a wild ride, getting the Elliot to where we want it and now, we’re set to welcome more good times, having acquired the block next door,” says Matt.
Think an expansive alfresco area; a dedicated spirit bar primed for sunset cocktails; and an undercover space, made for weddings, conferences and events, and you’re halfway there. The crew is set to swing open the doors in late 2021 and we know exactly where you’ll find us when they do… cocktail in hand, of course!