The Charming Squire, South Bank, Brisbane

It's much bigger than I expected with different levels, private rooms and a loo with a view.

I'm talking about The Charming Squire which has taken up residence on the Grey Street side of the Brisbane Convention Centre.

It's named after Australia's first brewer, the reputedly charming James Squire and is yet another venture from the Mantle Group who have a series of venues around town including Pig 'N Whistle and Jimmy's on the Mall.

Mantle Group’s executive chef Deniz Coskun has developed a menu designed to complement the nine James Squire beers and two ciders on offer. And there's plenty of fresh beer available with a purpose-built brewery upstairs equipped with direct lines down to the main copper bar.

In the kitchen is a coal spit roast and a wood fire spit roast visible from the restaurant to create a little cooking drama.

I sampled a good range of the share plates including  beef croquettes, pulled pork sliders, mini lamb doner kebabs and mushroom and truffle arancini balls.  And the pizzas - di carne, margherita, alla zucca and the very spicy piccante which had way too much chilli for me.

One spot not to miss is the women's toilets upstairs which have a great view of the large brewing barrels and wash troughs like I remember from the school yards of my childhood.  Although I do hope that the glass is one way.

Despite the size of the venue, it feels very welcoming and with live music playing on a Sunday afternoon the atmosphere was great.

There's also a deli called the Brewer’s Store near the South Brisbane train station which serves breakfast, coffee and lunch options for commuters and workers. 

The Charming Squire is open seven days a week from 11am to late, with the Brewer’s Store open for breakfast. 

Bottom line: Pizzas are around $20 and steaks range from $21 to $41.  There's also a good selection of share plates around $16.

Best tip: Do try the beer brewed on premise.

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for this meal.

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