One Penny Red is found in the Old Summer Hill Post Office.

Vernon’s Bar is located upstairs, an award winning Wine Bar with delicious snacks, offering pre and post dinner drinks where walk-ins are always welcome. Our Private Dining Room also upstairs, is the perfect place to gather your nearest and dearest.

Inner-west dining jewel to close after a 10-year run

‘We want to go out on top’, says the co-owner of hatted Summer Hill restaurant One Penny Red, who is calling time on New Year’s Eve.

Book now for your last lunch, dinner or event with us and let us wine and dine you one more time.

Please click here for full article in SMH Good Food 31st August 2023

One Penny Red and Vernon's Bar will close on 31st December 2023.

Get yourself a stiff drink and take a seat…

One Penny Red and Vernon’s Bar will close on 31st December 2023.

The multi-award-winning restaurant and bar – which has graced the historic 1901-built former post office for almost a decade – will be pouring its last glass on New Year’s Eve of this year.

The building will be placed on the market in early 2024 and as such, co founders Nina Alidenes, RJ Lines and David Murphy have decided not to renew the lease.

All bookings up to NYE 2023 will go ahead as usual.

Join us over the next few months and allow us to wine and dine you a few more times!

Our name is a tribute to the building.


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Built in 1901 by State Government architect, Walter Liberty Vernon, the building served as the Summer Hill Post Office until 1996. After years in private ownership, this iconic building opened to the public in 2014 as One Penny Red. The name, One Penny Red, gives a nod to the famous stamp, The Penny Red.

The Restaurant downstairs, originally the post office, is a beautiful light and airy space, with stunning high ceilings, and impressive windows creating a feeling of old-world charm. The custom made moulded zinc bar in the dining room brings the room into the modern-day world of restaurants and links the old and new.
Vernon’s Bar located upstairs was where the mail sorting was once done. The hoist above the bar is an original feature and reminder of the building’s work history.

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We look forward to welcoming you to One Penny Red.

One Penny Red focuses on sourcing the finest produce and delivers an approachable dining experience to suit any casual occasion and those very special celebrations too. The dedicated kitchen team lead by RJ Lines, delivers delicious and clean flavours to both the restaurant and Vernons’ Bar upstairs.

Home Feast Catering
Private Dining Space
Vernon's Bar

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Have your next event at One Penny Red.

The Old Summer Hill Post Office is a grand old building and has created many memories for people over the years.
Events are available in both the restaurant and Vernon’s Bar, from intimate dinner parties to group events, including boutique weddings, birthdays, family celebrations and corporate functions.

For larger groups find out more here.

Vernon's Happy Hour

Tuesdays – ALL NIGHT!

Wednesday – Saturday

4.00pm – 6.00pm

Tuesday to Friday from 4.00pm.
Saturday from 2.00pm.

The bar upstairs of One Penny Red.
Walk-ins welcome.

Celebrate any occasion with your nearest and dearest.

The intimate Private Dining Room accommodates 8 to 10 guests.

Our semi Private Dining Space accommodates 12 to 14 guests.

(13 – 14 guests is accommodated across two tables.)

The table is yours for the night.

Please note there is no disabled access to Vernon’s Bar on Level 1.

Dinner – Monday to Saturday.

Lunch – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.