Cronulla has a new chapter in its dining scene and it’s a sure fire bestseller.
Once a Methodist church and then the Cronulla Library, The Old Library owes its gorgeous refurbishment to renowned interior designers Hecker Guthrie (you’ll recognise their handy work at Ivy, Ucello, Ash St Cellar) transforming the c1908 building into a suave breezy hang for The Shire’s beachside revellers.
A perfect meeting of restaurant and cocktail bar, think whitewashed interiors, pale timber floors and tables, floor to ceiling windows and glass walls, and an impressive atrium-like bar.
Whether it’s bar snacks and cocktails or a long lunch by the front windows, you’ll love the traditional Italian flavours and friendly service (cute waiters dressed in stovepipes aren’t bad either).
Cast your eyes over the contents page and you’ll find an all-Italian line up; stuzzichini, antipasti, insalata, pasta, pesce, carni, share plates, contorni and dolce. Don’t skim over antipasti stalwarts like ocean trout carpaccio, poached truffled egg, and fried zucchini flowers before choosing knockout mains including gnocchi with goat ragu, Sicilian fish pie, and veal osso buco with creamy polenta.
Leave your library card at home – there are no ‘be quiet’ signs here.
The Old Library Restaurant & Bar
15 Surf Road, Cronulla 2230
T: 02 9544 5360
Open Thursday to Sunday, midday til late