Sydney’s lower north shore will welcome a new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and spritz bar this July, dubbed The Alcott.

Located in Lane Cove, The Alcott is designed as a multipurpose dining and social space, seating up to 250 guests across the restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace.

Richard Slarp has been appointed head chef and will deliver a share-style Mediterranean menu with hints of chargrill.

Slarp brings a wealth of experience to the role, including stints Sake, Aria Catering, Est and Slip Inn, and was also the winner of the 2005 Merivale Chef on the Year award.

“I am excited to bring Lane Cove a new dining experience that will feature delicious Mediterranean food made with sustainable, local ingredients,” he says.

“The food will be fresh and wholesome and will incorporate a variety of flavours and complementary textures.”

Key dishes include whole southern calamari chargrilled with pickled fennel, tomato pangrattato and fresh lemon; saltbush lamb ribs with almond sumac and coriander and smoked eggplant, tahini yoghurt, pomegranate and crispy brussel sprouts with romesco.

The dedicated spritz bar will serve seasonal cocktails including an elderflower and lychee spritz with St Germain liqueur, lychee, lemon, Prosecco and the Suze spritz with Suze, rosemary, grapefruit, Prosecco.

The Alcott was designed by Pony Design Co whose previous work includes The Fernery Mosman, The Greens North Sydney, and Acre Eatery Camperdown.

“We used the mid-century vibe of the existing building as a muse for the venue’s personality,” says Pony Design Co director Natalie Krafczyk.

“We adopted bold feature colours that have nostalgic undercurrents to create a warm and textured design that is welcoming and symbolic of The Alcott name.”

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