After opening a brilliant beer garden and an intimate wine bar, Pentridge Prison is now home to a new restaurant. The former mess hall has been transformed into North & Common, an elevated dining experience serving up seasonal cuisine. The venue is now open for you to enjoy.
North & Common
You’ll find North & Common adjacent to the Clocktower gate. The space has been reimagined into a cosy and fire-lit venue, suitable for 180 guests. Admire the original bluestone walls and ten-metre-high ceilings, while tucking into an evolving, produce-driven menu by Chef Mark Glenn.
“Neighbourhood restaurants are the beating heart of a close-knit community — they’re free of pretension and welcoming for everyone — and that’s what we’ll be bringing to Melbourne’s north,” said Mark. “In that respect, our menu is approachable and will showcase simple, yet thoughtful dishes, highlighting outstanding local suppliers and the quality of their produce.”
On the menu, expect dishes like crab risoni; grilled ox tongue and cashew cream; black barley and pine mushroom; or calamari with paprika dressing.
Pair it with a drink from their extensive wine menu. Discover 150 labels from Australian and international producers on their curated wine list. Otherwise, opt for local spirits from Starward Whisky, Three Foxes Vodka and Patient Wolf Gin. As for cocktails, try the tequila, rosemary and thyme sour or the truffle and sundried tomato martini.
The venue has an outdoor alfresco area for some fun in the sun, but there’s also a large fireplace and retractable roof for the colder seasons.
North & Common is open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, from 7am to 10:30am. You can also visit for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12pm to 2:30pm. If it’s dinner you’re after, visit from 5:30pm to 11pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays.