Cherry Tree

53 Balmain St, Richmond 3121
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed midday-midnight, Thu-Sat midday-1am

While there's no shortage of corner pubs in Richmond, the Cherry Tree sets itself apart from the competition. Boasting a spacious fit-out, cream and beige colour scheme and laid-back atmosphere, it's certainly a more upmarket affair than the competition. That suits the local fashion, media and IT crowd just fine, and you can find them milling around the front bar on any given weeknight. The actual decor is a sparse mix of couches, long tables, a few lamps and, well, not much else. Plenty of room to swing a cat - if that's what you're into. There's a separate lounge area just around the corner from the front bar and an informal dining area towards the back of the hotel. All three areas are enhanced by natural light form the large windows. A dreary working man's pub, the Cherry Tree isn't. While the feel is upmarket, the drinks menu (written on the wall behind the bar) sticks with the basics. There's a reasonable wine list and some interesting imported beers. That said, the spirit selection is average and the prices are 'ambitious'. A generic scotch will run you $8.50. If you don't mind paying above the odds, then the Cherry Tree is a welcome alternative to Richmond's more traditional pubs. It's sleek and contemporary with a welcoming atmosphere. Media professionals take note.