Part pub, part hub, part bottleshop, bar and restaurant, Besk excels in its role as a multitasker, making it a firm neighbourhood favourite.
Besk took nearly two years to design and build, but the delays were worth it. Opening in August 2019, it immediately lived up to its not-so-simple manifesto of local pub, community hub, liquor store, bar and casual restaurant.
Beers are the place to start, with 20-plus taps showcasing a roster of craft specialities and more conventional tap brews, along with scores of bottles. But Besk also has an on-site bottleshop championing new, low-intervention and small-producer wines without ignoring the big-name top sellers.
Chef Gerrad Mitchell is pumping out cut-above pub classics with his own twist. We recommend his hand-chopped tartare with dripping toast as readily as we do his crisp-fried school prawns with fermented chilli for snacks with a drink. For main courses, anything off the kitchen’s fire-pit is superb, but don’t skip the miso-glazed cauliflower with pine-nut butter or the charred zucchini with feat and pistachio.
A bright atmosphere, aided by good design and generous opening hours add even further appeal to what’s fast become a neighbourhood favourite.