- About -
- Your Classic Corner Pub -
The best position in Melbourne? We think so. The Kent Hotel is a classic corner pub, renovated with a surfeit of style and overlooking beautiful Curtain Square in the heart of Rathdowne Village. The broad al fresco dining area is hard to beat – it’s not too hard to imagine you’re on a Parisian street – and the bi-fold doors we throw open on a warm day bring a 21st-cenutry aesthetic to the classic pub bone structure.
Our menu swings modern Australian by way of both sides of the Mediterranean. We’re a pub first and foremost so we serve one of the best fish and chips in town, great Neapolitan-style pizzas and a rib-eye to please the sternest carnivore. For those who want to adventure further, our award-winning French-Algerian chef Pierre Khodja brings his own flair with signature dishes such as pan-fried sardines with chakchouka and chilli.
Our drinks list has just undergone a major renovation. We’re now serving some amazing cocktails and spritzers, craft beers and wines from around the world. Mocktail drinkers - we haven’t forgotten about you either.
Upstairs the Kent also has a private event space with its own outdoor terrace where we can cater for private parties or corporate functions, accommodating anywhere from 30 to 140 guests.
Established in 1873 at the heart of popular Rathdowne Village, the Kent Hotel was one of Carlton North’s earliest buildings.
By 1897 the hotel housed 12 rooms, with its own skittles alley and billiards room providing great entertainment for the locals. They’re now gone but we haven’t forgotten our primary brief as a meeting place for the Carlton community and beyond.
Today, the Kent prides itself in offering an exciting menu of Modern Australian and Mediterranean dishes. We have a punchy selection of Victorian, Australian and international wine, beer and cider. We support local and micro-businesses and community, and keep our menus changing to reflect changing seasons and include the best produce.
Our private function room is also available for hire seven days a week. It’s ideal for all types of events – weddings, birthdays, christenings or corporate events. Our friendly and professional event staff are on hand to take care of every small detail.
We’ve changed with the times, but we’re big believers in tradition. The Kent remains one of Melbourne’s destination venues for every occasion, from family gatherings to after-work drinks.