Gas­tropub smarts for West

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - Tanya MacNaughton

CHRIS and Foni Pol­litt have both spent their 20-year suc­cess­ful hos­pi­tal­ity ca­reers abroad in London and Mon­treal, where their bosses have reaped the re­ward.

Now the West Leed­erville cou­ple have given them­selves a chance to put their money where their mouth is and opened May­fair Lane at the for­mer The Brown Fox site on Ou­tram Street in West Perth.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager Foni, born in Mel­bourne, was an open­ing man­ager of 35 gas­trop­ubs in Eng­land, where she turned old pubs into a pub and din­ing room.

It was dur­ing that time she met her now hus­band and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Chris (orig­i­nally from South Africa but grew up in Al­bany and Perth) and a Bri­tish gas­tropub con­ver­sion is ex­actly what the pair has done for May­fair Lane.

“We both thought it was high time to come back home,” Foni said. “Chris had more con­nec­tions in Perth than I did in Mel­bourne, so we thought ‘why not’?

“We’re keep­ing it hon­est and real with good food, good drink and good con­ver­sa­tion; hope­fully we can make it into a des­ti­na­tion spot be­tween the city and an ex­ten­sion of Subi.”

The pub menu has sta­ples in­clud­ing bangers and mash, burg­ers and fish and chips, while the din­ing room is more up­mar­ket with steaks, lamb and twice­cooked pork belly.

The venue has un­der­gone a sig­nif­i­cant dé­cor trans­for­ma­tion, be­com­ing lighter and brighter with high­lights of tim­ber flooring and wood pan­elling.

Head chef Shan­non Wil­son worked in London for eight years and be­came part of the team for his like-minded vi­sion.

“He un­der­stood us and what we wanted,” Foni said. “We want to be like a typ­i­cal lo­cal London pub, which is not about the chef or me, it’s about the cus­tomer.

“We just want to make every­one happy; it is that sim­ple.”

May­fair Lane is at 72 Ou­tram Street, West Perth and open Mon­day to Satur­day, closed Sunday.

It will be of­fi­cially opened tomorrow night.

Bangers & mash, caramelised onion gravy and onion rings Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461452

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