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Welcome


Three different spaces for all variety of visitors, from bar hoppers to groups to serious diners.

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Welcome


Three different spaces for all variety of visitors, from bar hoppers to groups to serious diners.

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Who We Are


 

Three different spaces for all variety of visitors, from bar hoppers to groups to serious diners.

 

Who We Are


 

Three different spaces for all variety of visitors, from bar hoppers to groups to serious diners.

 

 

BAR AND EATERY IN PRESTON

In 2015 where a 600sqm panel beaters once occupied, a bar and eatery was born from the collaborative desire of three friends living locally to Preston. They wanted to create a venue they'd go to themselves for great food and a drink.

Stray Neighbour is fully licensed bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.  It offers three different spaces for all variety of visitors: bar hoppers, groups and diners.

The bar has 12 beer taps rotating seasonally, and is complimented with a predominantly Australian wine list and classic cocktails.

Romina Gagliardi, also a local to Preston, is a young and passionate chef with a simple, clean and fresh food style and philosophy. She has a commitment to using quality and seasonal produce. Her menu is European inspired, offering daily specials and bar snacks.

 
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Menu


The plan is to bring a style of food to the area that is currently not available.

Menu


The plan is to bring a style of food to the area that is currently not available.

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Reservations


We have function packages available for your event including menu, use of the pool table, coffee table and booth section.

Reservations


We have function packages available for your event including menu, use of the pool table, coffee table and booth section.

 

RESERVATIONS

Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm (full menu from 5:30pm)

Friday – Saturday: 3:00pm – 12:00am (full menu from 5:30pm)

Sunday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm (full menu available)

Please note, we require bookings larger than 10 on a Friday or Saturday to be on our Feed me menu - comprised of shared appetisers, entrees and mains.

Please advise if you have any food allergies as we can accommodate guests with a variety of options.

 

 

FUNCTIONS, Special Events & Private Parties

Book your event or function at Stray Neighbour. We have function packages available, including use of the pool table, coffee table, fireplace and booth section.

Please use the form below or call us with any enquiries on
03 9471 1948.


 

 

Please use the form below for any bookings or enquires, or call us on 03 9471 1948.

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Press and Reviews


Press and Reviews


 
 
 

Photo: Alan Weedon

Broadsheet Melbourne

"Some of the things on the menu, we couldn’t even pronounce,” says co-founder of a new venue, Andrew Chew. “We didn’t even know where they were from.” Guess the suburb. Carlton? Nope. South Yarra? Not even close.

We’re talking about Preston, where Chew (of the nearby Chew Burgers) just opened a restaurant and bar named Stray Neighbour with friends Ben (also a co-owner of Chew Burgers) and Dan Stray. “We knew if we opened a bar, it’d just be another place serving ‘parmas and burgers,” he says. So they’ve done something else...

 

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Good Food

Here's the optimistic bar and restaurant that will unpick any lurking jibes about not-hip-enough Depreston, one pint of craft beer at a time. You could think of Stray Neighbour as a gastropub in industrial skin: there's an astroturfed beer garden out front and the massive ex-panel beater interior has been gently demarcated into bar, dining room and handsome saloon with pool table. Tin ceilings and factory windows could make the place cold but the heating is good and a forest mural and swooping touches of green bring warmth and whimsy.

 
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Concrete Playground

It was only a matter of time. High Street Thornbury is so bursting with great bars and restaurants that those on the other side of the track that is Bell Street just had to be patient.

Stray Neighbour on Plenty Road is one of the first to sprout. It melds bar, restaurant and gastropub seamlessly — a feat that should not be taken for granted. Where a lounge area with pool table could have brought the warm industrial vibe of the dining area down towards 'grunge', it doesn't. Where a vast timber-clad bar area and casual booth-style seating with bare wooden tables could have made you doubt the focus on and delicacy of the food, it doesn't.