The Strand, a 99-year-old pub in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, is set to reopen after a major refurbishment in which it has been transformed into a four-level dining and hotel precinct.

The first in a series of venues by Public Hospitality to open over the next year, the property includes a modern French-inspired bistro, which is open now, and a boutique hotel and rooftop bar, which are due to open in winter.

“As Darlinghurst continues its evolution seen over recent years, we believe in the potential, growth and revitalisation of the local area,” said Public Hospitality Executive Director, Peter Crinis.

“With The Strand’s opening, we want to offer something that leans on the charm, history and character of the building and neighbourhood right on the fringe of Sydney’s bustling city, while creating something new and fresh for locals and travellers.

“As the experience of dining and travel continues to evolve, we are looking forward to welcoming guests to experience something truly boutique for a more intimate experience of Sydney.”

The Strand Hotel, which occupies the middle floors of the William Street venue, includes 17 hotel rooms, a library and common work and kitchen spaces, with “distressed yet refined designer details throughout”.

The Strand Bistro, helmed by Head Chef Alex Kavanagh, heroes Australian produce through a menu of modern French food.

Head Chef Alex Kavanagh

The extensive drinks list includes French and Australian wines, aperitifs, cocktails and beers and a 49-strong whisky list featuring Japanese, Irish and Scottish labels.

The rooftop bar will serve more casual food and drinks in an open-air space with plenty of greenery, lighting and communal tables.

Public Hospitality is also set to open The Camelia Grove in Alexandria, The Kurrajong in Erskineville and The Town Hall in Balmain in the coming months.