There’s nothing little about the flavour-filled house party that has landed in Grey Street’s Southpoint.

Little Big House has swung open its doors to bring back good, old-fashioned pub food with a contemporary twist, combining it with Queensland’s quintessential relaxed vibe.

As celebrity chef Matt Moran’s latest venture, it breathes life back into the heritage-listed Collins Place Queenslander, blending the old with the new.

The building’s roots run deep in Brisbane’s history, once housing the Southbank Police Station, a variety of restaurants including a pasta place during Expo 88, and an array of quirky tenants.

The building’s vibrant past is what lured Bruce Solomon and Matt Moran’s hospitality group Solotel, the brainchild behind Aria and Riverbar, to its door.

Striving to maintain the original exterior and construction, the restaurateurs have given the iconic building a new face, whilst rekindling its homely feel, “The building and its history demanded we create something special,” said Solomon.

A collaborative artistic effort by Emma Ross Design, H&E Architects and artists Adam Busby and Brisbane-based Geoffrey Carran, its overall theme is aesthetically relaxed and comfortable.

If one thing rings true, it’s that Queenslanders love a good house party, and the relaxed, comfortable interior of Brisbane’s newest pub is reminiscent of long summer nights, backyard cricket and holidays spent in the warm sun. A fun visual snip of style, the charming space boasts colourful and outrageous Queensland emblems — from palm trees, wrap around verandas and fairy lights to faux reptiles and a free karaoke room.

The ‘pub grub’, in a nutshell, pays homage to feeding and entertaining the masses — quite the contrast to Moran’s fine dining restaurants. Fresh, local ingredients play a leading role on the menu, mirroring the fun nature of the space, centring on authentic rotisserie chickens, small bites and fresh salads. ‘Parmi’ connoisseurs will not be disappointed, with a classic chicken parmigiana in spring roll form featuring on the menu, alongside rotisserie rolls, classic beef burgers, and the icecream ‘sanga’.

Head chef Mathew Fulford, ex-Stokehouse and Hamilton Island’s Qualia, has declared he will spin Brisbane’s best roast chook. “It was the perfect opportunity to develop something that felt like you’re eating a wholesome meal at home, but a really good one. We’ve shipped in two rotisseries direct from France to elevate our chicken to what we believe will be Brisbane’s best,” claims Fulford.

Thirst quenchers include Instagram worthy Cocktails in a Can, plus shared punch jugs. A selection of signature cocktails round out the drinks menu, starring a ‘frosé’ slushie, accompanied by the Big House Spritz or sparkling rosé, hibiscus and lemon, gin-laden elderflower Garden Tonic, Sailor Jerry spiced Salty Sailor loaded with white chocolate, popcorn, espresso and toasted marshmallow, and the Hard Lemonade #1, containing (shock horror) vodka, lemongrass, vermouth, lemon and strawberry lemonade.

A little bit cheeky, and a whole lot of fun, Little Big House is Brisbane’s collective house party for the young, and the young at heart.

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