Harvey Leigh’s Public House
In June 2018, Dan Wegener (formerly of Sydney fine diner Quay and Print Hall in Perth) and wife Katie Wegener opened Wine Room’s by Harvey Leigh’s, a Beaufort Street wine bar focusing on French farmhouse dining and bottles from Champagne and Burgundy. Three months later the Wegeners unveiled the mothership.
Harvey Leigh’s Public House is a 180-seat venue serving food, beer, wine and cocktails – everything people look for in a neighbourhood spot.
Considering Dan is one of the country’s best sommeliers, it’s no should surprise Harvey Leigh’s Public House has a strong wine offering. A dedicated, enoteca-style wine school sells bottles to drink-in and take away, and the Wegeners offer wine education classes. The main list carries plenty of wines from big-scale West Australian producers. There’s also a dedicated cocktail and craft-beer list.
In addition to the wine school area, the venue offers a number of different spaces. There’s the beer garden, and guests can enjoy takeaway coffee and crepes. The walls are adorned with vintage ephemera and block-mounted posters of Dracula, A Farewell To Arms and other classic novels. Donated timber from Ferguson Valley winery Talisman Wines is featured throughout the neo-pub fit-out.
Guests can enjoy hand-sliced charcuterie and smallgoods, luxed-up pub comfort food (think pig’s head croquettes, chicken schnitzel with apple and celeriac remoulade, and pastrami sandwiches) and Normandy-style buckwheat crepes. Bar seats offer views into the open kitchen as well as of televisions screens.