I DROPPED by the North Annandale Hotel, in Sydney’s inner-west, for a beer after work today. It’s a ripper.
The pub was busy with what looked like a regular afternoon crowd, watching sport on the large screens, or chatting over drinks in the comfortable lounge chairs and sofas.
With no Reschs on tap, I settled for a Carlton Draught, which I couldn’t fault… Great drop of beer.
Designed by architects Provost and Ancher, and built by W. Cooper of Bexley, the North Annandale Hotel, located at 105 Johnson Street, is listed by the Australian Institute of Architects in the Register of significant 20th Century buildings.
The large two storey corner building is a fine example of an interwar hotel with intricate detailing on the facade.
The present building replaced an earlier Victorian style pub established by 40-year old Jeremiah Kiley when he gained a license for the corner of Johnston and Booth Streets in November 1878.
Jeremiah had arrived in Sydney aboard the sailing vessel, John Vanner from England in 1865 as a 25-year-old man before establishing a carrier business at Woolloomooloo. With his wife, Mary, and three children he operated the North Annandale until his death at the age of 50 on December 28 1888.
Brewery giant, Tooths purchased the pub from the Noonan family in July 1935, and set about building a modern hotel on the corner. The old 1878 pub was demolished and replaced with the magnificent Art Deco hotel in December 1938.