Cherry Tree Hotel
Proud of their colourful history
Cremorne’s warm and friendly corner pub, Cherry Tree Hotel, reckons it’s as “architecturally significant as the Dimmey’s building but with twice the splendour”.
Dimmey’s is that rather ostentatious building in Richmond’s busy Swan Street, with the clocktower topped by a disco ball. It started out as a drapery, and is now a supermarket, and still one of the Richmond landmarks. Cherry Tree Hotel’s claim that their building has more splendour than Dimmey’s is tongue-in-cheek. It’s a pub with a sense of humour.
From the outside, Cherry Tree Hotel is rather plain, a neat and stylish art-deco building that sits quietly in the rapidly gentrifying Cremorne corner of the Richmond area.
It’s a boutique pub, to match your boutique accommodation at 381 Cremorne, which is an easy stroll away.
First thing you’ll notice (and this is part of the architectural splendour) is the lovely flow of space inside. A front bar leads to nooks for a quiet ale, opening into a fine dining area and back towards a function space. It’s all very pleasant.
Now, as you’re sitting comfortably in a corner, quaffing a Coopers Pale Ale or maybe a Feral Boris (just a couple of what’s on tap), you can contemplate the colourful history of Cherry Tree Hotel. It’s got a lot of red in it, that history, from cherries, to tomatoes (here began the famous Rosella tomato sauce), to footy fights (the sauce was added to the pie stall at Gosch’s Paddock where the first footy match is reputed to have been played), to criminal haunt. Notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor drank here: he also pinched money here.
Things got worse: then better when Jorn Utzon was employed to refurbish the Cherry Tree Hotel. Yes, that’s him: the architect who designed Sydney Opera House.
They’re very proud of their history at the Cherry Tree, and equally proud of their fab pub-food-plus kitchen. You can enjoy wood-fired pizza, as well as steaks, burgers and – but of course – parmigiana.
They have gigs there Fridays and Saturdays too; and like the live venues in Swan Street venues, this is an easy distance from 381 Cremorne, so you can check out the music without any hassle at all.