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Pull up a seat inside Hopscotch’s historic interior

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Just when you thought there were enough great restaurants, cafes and bars in Braddon to keep you coming back for the next few years, along came Hopscotch.  This new bar has a fresh approach to pub style food and interior design, and I have to say, I like it! I recently got to sit down with Kate Parkinson and her mum Pip to learn more about the venue’s interior and their vision behind Braddon’s playful new pub.

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Hopscotch is a family venture, with parents James and Pip, siblings Nick and Kate and her fiancé Brian behind its helm. Having always wanted to create a community-based pub where local residents could feel at home the family say it was just a matter of finding the right location.

After three and a half years of searching, they stumbled across No.5 Lonsdale Street, and immediately knew they had found the home they had been searching for. Within 24 hours contracts were signed, a deposit handed over, and the much-sought property theirs.

With big plans for the interior, everyone had the same vision for a space that felt warm and inviting, and by selecting furniture and accessories from all around the globe, the team have achieved just that.

As I approach No.5 Lonsdale Street on foot, the first thing that jumps out at me is the daring use of colour. A bright, bold yellow. Found throughout the beer garden, and then again inside, this playful splash of colour instantly creates an enjoyable and familiar atmosphere that coaxes you to sit down and hang around for a while with friends.

Pushing open the spectacular timber doors, complete with locally made bright yellow handles, (the yellow theme continues),  I’m blown away by the custom-designed wallpaper that wraps around the kitchen in the far right corner. Taking a closer look, Kate tells me all the wallpaper images were taken from old archived articles about No. 5 Lonsdale Street, which have appeared in The Canberra Times throughout the years.

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As Kate and Pip begin to tell me more about the interior, I begin to get a real sense of history. Each item has been purchased with a purpose and incorporated into the design in such a way that everything links together harmoniously.

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One item that really catches my eye are the large, stunning pendant lights suspended in between the exposed beams of the ceiling’s centre, and which I learn have been sourced from a Yugoslavian prison.

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Slide into any of the solid timber pews around Hopscotch, and your essentially sliding along a piece of holy wood. The perfect addition to the space, the wooden benches were sourced from a small misogynistic Methodist church in Victoria and allow for the creation of small but cosy nooks for friends to catch up over a meal and celebrate the end of the week with a drink or two.

Scattered across both the interior and exterior of the venue, from out the front all the way to the rear interior walls, local artists Kacey Grainger and her son Solomon have really helped to create a fun and cheeky atmosphere with their street-like stencil art. Solomon, who is just 16, created the mural, affectionately known as The Last Supper that proudly sits up high on the wall of the beer garden.

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His mother Kacey has continued on with the playful theme throughout the venue’s interior with her Banksy-inspired illustrations.

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But while I could go on to talk more about the interesting design features of Hopscotch, I think it’s best if you head down to No.5 Lonsdale Street and take a look for yourself. Grab a drink and a bite to eat (try the pulled lamb salad), sit back and soak up the beats of some live local music as you really take in Hopscotch’s remarkable interior and its story.

The essentials

Place: Hopscotch

Where: No. 5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

When: Sunday to Monday from 11am to late.

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