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FIRST LOOK! Revitalised Railway Station Restaurant, The Guardsman Opens

Three years in the making, The Guardsman has finally opened in the Railway Station.

Within the Adelaide Railway Station’s former Great Dining Hall, new bar and restaurant, The Guardsman, is now officially open.

Refurbishing the Great Dining Hall has been a work in progress for over three years now, and has been transformed back to its former glory, when it opened originally in 1928. 

The renovation pays tribute to the heritage of the railway, with details such as the jarrah flooring and heritage lights being restored. The total capacity of the venue is 560, with 250 seats within the restaurant itself. 

SkyCity Adelaide General Manager of Marketing Greg Stirling says, ‘“The Guardsman echoes the original intent of the space which was as a meeting place for travellers to stop and enjoy a meal.”

The design and architecture were championed by the local leading firm Studio Gram. 

Typography and signage was developed by Tristan Kerr of Uppercase Studio and construction undertaken by SHAPE, with Lancer setting up the beer systems.

The open plan kitchen within the restaurant will feature local produce, celebrated head chef Luke Brabin upping the pub menu ante, with his Guardsman offerings.

Describing it as ‘fresh, local, flavoursome and unpretentious’, Luke’s menu takes a provincial turn, with sections highlighting famous produce from familiar SA locations.

Featuring Mayura Station Beef Brisket and Shiraz Pie, Robarra Baby Barramundi served with Asian flavours, and some of South Australia’s finest seafood including Fleurieu Peninsula squid, Spencer Gulf prawns and Port Broughton Crab.

The desserts are inspired further by South Australian food icons, such as The Guardsman’s take on the ‘Berliner’ and a dish inspired by the SA favourite, the FruChoc.

In a celebration of South Australian produce, the wine list will be almost entirely local, as well as the local spirits 23rd Street Distillery and Adelaide Hills Distillery. 

With more than 20 local South Australian beers on tap, including Coopers, Pirate Life, Mismatch and a Guardsman collaboration with Prancing Pony Distillery, which can be sourced straight from the tap.

As well as the main restaurant, The Guardsman features an intimate 12-seated wine bar, which will be available for private events. Offering two specialised tastings, a Penfolds tasting and a ‘Best of SA’, which can be matched to a multi-course dinner by Luke.

Also securing early morning travellers at the station, The Guardsman’s railway facing cafe is open from 6am onwards. Coffee and a grab-and-go station laden with sandwiches and sweets.

On February 6 the official opening was celebrated with a 1920s themed celebration, where guests were able to walk the red carpet.

This new venue will be a celebration of South Australian produce in an iconic location in the city. 

Find The Guardsman at the Adelaide Central Railway Station, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

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First published on January 24th 2020

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