Liquid & Larder’s The Rover has revealed a wave of new changes to the Surry Hills haunt including a full-venue bistro menu, happy hour deal, and opening times.

The Rover will now open Monday through to Saturday from 4pm to 12am and will be the first time the venue is open on a Monday since pre-Covid lockdown.

The Rover will also now operate as one whole venue – rather than a downstairs bar and upstairs restaurant – with one bistro menu served throughout.

The bistro menu has been curated by Executive Chef Pip Pratt and Head Chef Tommy Tan and features East London-style share plates and the permanent fixture of the much-loved Gidley Burger.

Highlights from the share plate offering include cured sardines with tapenade; fried potato with trout ‘ndjua; pork neck with apple and salsa verde; and Hispi cabbage with pomegranate.

“The new menu features dishes that further elevate our food offering and amazing drinks list and that our guests can enjoy any night of the week, whether you’re dropping in at the bar for your usual or easing into a longer meal,” says Pratt.

The Rover is also making its happy hour permanent with $2 oysters, $6 beers, $6 gin and tonic, $10 white wine, and $14 spritzes daily from 4-6pm.

The downstairs bar will continue to be a walk-ins only set-up, while patrons will be able to book in for tables upstairs.

Liquid & Larder Owner James Brady said the changes have stemmed from customer feedback.

“We love creating environments where people feel instantly comfortable and welcomed as if into the home of a great friend. That’s what The Rover has felt like for over a decade, it’s a proper neighbourhood venue,” says Brady.

“The downstairs bar was crying out for the restaurant food so we listened to the crowds and now we can serve more of the local community every night.”

The Rover is open Monday to Saturday from 4pm with a daily happy hour from 4-6pm daily.