July 22, 2014 by 250 Beers
Not content with three little pigs, Mantle Group are set to open a fourth Pig ‘n’ Whistle venue.
Occupying the building that once housed Ortiga, Pig ‘n’ Whistle Brunswick Street will join Riverside, Queen Street Mall and Indooroopilly in Mantle Group’s successful portfolio of British themed pubs.
I’m almost certain that the Valley’s newest pub offering will do rather well. It’s in a sensible spot being near enough to capture the attention of the hefty number of people on foot during Friday and Saturday nights (rumoured to be close to 20,000) yet distanced far enough away from the big, bad wolf – the notorious pedestrianised strip of Brunswick Street Mall.
The three little piggys will become four as one of Brisbane’s longest running hospitality groups open their new British themed Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street this week – and yes the venue is made out of brick!
Adding to Mantle Group’s other successful and iconic Pig ‘N’ Whistle venues – at Riverside, Queen Street Mall and Indooroopilly – Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street is their latest offering at Fortitude Valley.
Mantle Group director Godfrey Mantle said the local team have put a lot of time and energy into creating a casual, fun and most of all atmospheric venue that pays homage to authentic bars found on any corner in England.
“To create the atmosphere our venues are renowned for, we opened up the space next door to create a welcoming courtyard with a street entrance and walkway through the bar upstairs,” Mr Mantle said. “To build on the courtyard, we’ve installed a retractable roof so it’s available for all seasons and included green living areas. We’ve also had beautiful outdoor furniture created by a local craftsman from Noosa, perfect for footpath dining at the front and watching the world go by.
“Downstairs, we’ve built on the open kitchen and wine cellar and have a well-known head chef, Michael Muir on board, who has created a simple, yet authentic British menu utilising our purpose-built central kitchen at East Brisbane, organic farm at Pullenvale and direct relationship with local farmers,” he said.
Located at the heritage-listed former Ortiga site, the new bar takes its direction from the venue’s stunning exposed brick, high ceilings and perfect corner location in one of Brisbane’s leading inner city suburbs.
“The open design of the venue, dining menu, courtyard, wine list and extensive local and international beer menu (including proper English ales on tap) will ensure this venue is a popular choice for our surrounding neighbours and visitors to the area,” Mr Mantle said.
“We’ve got a great team – led by experienced venue manager and British expat Adam Hardwick from – who are all passionate about creating an inviting and warm space to visit for special functions, events, get togethers, family dinners or just a pint after work with friends.”
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street will have 28 beers on tap and two old-style English pump taps, featuring authentic British ales. The purpose-built bar will feature eight wines on tap at any time as a unique way to feature many prominent Australian and New Zealand winemakers on rotation. This will also be supported by an extensive wine cellar downstairs in the 60 seated restaurant.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street is located at 446 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley – near the Judith Wright Performing Arts Centre. To book a table or enquire call (07) 3852 6420.
The venue will be open from 11am until late each day and for breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 7am.