The Stirling Arms

117 James St, Guilford   (08) 6142 4352

Classic glamour blends with contemporary style in this fantastic location at the gateway of the Swan Valley where a focus on creating unique dining and function experiences has us standing out from the crowd. The Stirling Arms is the longest continually running licensed premises in Western Australia. You can find us at 117 James Street, Guildford, WA 6055.

In Detail

WELBOURNE ROOM ... Officer’s COURTYARD ... Ticket-of-Leave BAR

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape the frenetic pace of urban life.

With a focus on creating unique dining and function experiences THE STIRLING ARMS truly stands out from the crowd.

Layered with ingenuity and driven by the best local produce available, the team at THE STIRLING ARMS constantly pushes the boundaries with ingredients, presentation and service. Our Opulence Menu allows clients the widest choice to create a truly unique event menu for their cocktail function, birthday, engagement, wedding, corporate event, product launch or high tea. Our WELBOURNE ROOM is renowned for its contemporary atmosphere as well as the sublime fine dining experience and the finest traditional pub menu is served in the courtyard and the bars. We go the extra mile to ensure the expectations of our clients and their guests are exceeded.

Head Chef DALE SQUIRRELL is now cooking up a storm at THE STIRLING ARMS. Dale hails from Aberdeen, Scotland and brings with him a wealth of experience cooking at up-market hotels and country houses in Britain.

Chef Dale showed great potential from a very early age becoming Scotland’s runner up Junior Chef of the Year at only 16 years old. His life in the professional kitchen began at the COPTHORNE in London before moving onto the 5 star BABBINGTON HOUSE (Soho Group). He worked closely with renowned French Chef Michel Bras in his three Michelin star restaurant in Laguiole, France.

After six years climbing the ladder of his profession, Dale moved to the southern hemisphere in 2005 joining the staff of THE TASTING ROOM in Wellington and THE GRAND CHATEAU (Bayview Group) in Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand before being made Head Chef on Fraser Island in 2007.

Dale’s inspirations are the freshest seasonal raw ingredients and his particular passion is molecular gastronomy. Developing new recipes and seeing them through the whole process to implanting them into a balanced menu is his delight. Everything on his menu is made in-house, a compilation of gutsy, full-flavoured dishes that attest to his kitchen talents. Dale’s focus is on delivering a culinary experience that his guests won’t forget. Pure, simple, elegant, indulgent.

WELBOURNE ROOM - a fine dining restaurant, named for the original owner, showcasing the very best of Western Australian produce complimented by a wine list with an Australian accent. The contemporary furnishings combine with classic elements to create a warm, inviting and elegant environment. A versatile space with numerous options from a small group in the cocktail lounge or a seated reception for from 50 to 150 guests, or from 75 to 275 guests at a standing cocktail reception.

The menu can be described as Modern Australian but due to Chef Dale’s background and passions it has an eclectic skew. To get you started, Dale’s offerings include Dukkah crusted pan fried chicken livers with chilli fry-bread; a French onion soup with the traditional cheese crostini; King Island brie dusted in sourdough crumbs before being deep fried and served with a plum sauce; or Calamari ribbons on a bed of rocket served with a chilli lime aioli.

Main dishes include: Szechuan crusted duck breast served with a strawberry coulis, oven roasted beetroot and a cumin labne yoghurt; Chamoula spiced kangaroo fillet on a bed of North African spiced cous cous with a quandon infused suzette; Pan fried chicken breast with a dry sherry glaze and smoky bacon, leeks and exotic mushrooms in a fresh Italian parsley cream; Twice cooked crispy pork belly with a pedro ximénez sherry glaze served with parsnip and pea puree and a raisin and pedro ximénez stuffed apple; Roasted wild-caught Australian barramundi served on tartare potato cakes with asparagus and a béarnaise sauce; or Slow roasted lamb shanks flavoured with winter vegetables, cracked black pepper and fresh thyme in a rich merlot and tomato sauce. The vegetarian option is Twice baked cheese soufflé served with a pear, rocket and walnut salad dressed in a roasted capsicum vinaigrette. In addition to these Perth’s best cut Prime Porterhouse – with your choice of three house-made sauces.

There are a variety of fresh salads and vegetable sides and the dessert menu includes winners such his Signature Spicy Apple Crumble with crème anglais; Crème brulee of the moment; Individual Sticky Date Puds with a pedro ximénez sauce and ice cream; or a Supreme Choc Lava Cake with a mixed berry coulis and ice cream. Scrumptious!

THE STIRLING ARMS offers a great selection of Australian wines, some internationals and significant ‘stickies’ from New Zealand, unavailable elsewhere in Perth. The bar is also stocked with a variety of aperitifs and digestives, world’s best spirits, cognacs, whiskeys, ports and Armagnac’s. Ask our bar staff for their recommendation to match your meal.

Officer’s COURTYARD - dine outside in the relaxed ambience of our bright and breezy alfresco courtyard where the finest traditional pub fare is offered in generous servings along with menu accents which change with the season. It is ideal for casual get-togethers during the day, or dinner by lamp light on warm evenings. Very suitable for cocktail receptions for 50 to 375 guests.

Ticket-of-Leave BAR - is the combined bars of the original heritage hotel built in 1852. The decor is modern with hints of past glories in elements like the heritage inspired wallpaper. The luscious pub menu is also available in the bar. This elegant space in the original heritage hotel can accommodate from 20 to 100 guests at a cocktail reception. Cash Bar option is available in this space.

THE STIRLING ARMS was built by John Welbourne in 1852. Welbourne, a carpenter, policeman, gaoler and ‘jack of all trades’ applied for the freehold land in 1851. The hotel was built with the assistance of ‘Ticket-of-Leave-labour’. A convict received a Ticket-of-Leave before his sentence expired which freed him to seek employment, to marry and to own property and land. He was not permitted to leave the district and had to report to the Magistrate every month.

Located at the gateway to the Swan Valley, Guildford is one of three towns established in 1829, when Western Australia was settled, and its plan is based on the model of an English country town. The area is enclosed on a peninsular, formed by the Swan and Helena Rivers and was named by Captain James Stirling after his father-in-law's electorate in Surrey, England.

As the furthest navigable point on the Swan River, Guildford became an inland port, providing the main link between Perth and the country districts. It became a thriving market town and commercial centre. In 1851 it became a convict ticket-of-leave hiring depot and steamboats made their debut in 1857. The town was declared a municipality in 1871 and granted its own crest of anchor, sheaf and grapes. The crest of THE STIRLING ARMS incorporates the Guildford anchor.

Begin your tour of historic Guildford and experience Western Australia’s longest continually running licensed premises with lunch in the Officer’s COURTYARD or inside in the Ticket-of-Leave BAR ... or ... conclude your day with an early dinner in the WELBOURNE ROOM. Elegant dining, stylish party, corporate lunch or dinner meeting, presentation, product launch, wedding, degustation dinner, you make the choice and we will look after the rest. Our casual and elegant venues provide settings for all your special days throughout the year, so come along and celebrate in true style. We can tailor a menu and function to suit any occasion.

In the centre of historic Guildford at the gateway to the Swan Valley. You can find us at 117 James Street, Guildford, WA 6055. Please free to contact us on (08) 6142 4352.

THE STIRLING ARMS ticks all the boxes for a memorable birthday, engagement, wedding or any celebration. It is also ideal for corporate functions and product launches being very close to the airport.

Indoor and outdoor function and dining areas
WELBOURNE ROOM ... Officers’ COURTYARD ... Ticket-of-Leave BAR
THE STIRLING ARMS boasts 3 function areas, each one individual and catering for a variety of different events. Fine dining in one of our proudest features, the WELBOURNE ROOM; the large Officers’ COURTYARD offering an area ideal for sundowners and summer soirees beneath Chinese Tallow trees and amongst potted Magnolia; and the Ticket-of-Leave BAR featuring contemporary decor with hints of past glories in the heritage inspired wallpaper.

THE STIRLING ARMS caters for up to 150 guests seated or 375 standing cocktail-style.

The venues offer fine dining and opulent cocktail menus with dining packages for events as well as traditional pub fare.

Celebrate your event with a selection of wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks. The beverage list has been carefully selected to include fine sparkling, white and red wines, as well as an international selection of dessert wines, a variety of aperitifs and digestives, world’s best spirits, cognacs, whiskeys, ports and Armagnac’s. Drinks packages available or by consumption.

Additional services: decorations, dance floors, entertainment, etc can be arranged on request.

Proprietors Jessica and Nick Yurisich are a young couple who are descendants of a early settlers family. Nick was 6th generation of his family to attend the Guildford Primary School and as such has a deep interest in the history and environs of the town. They both have a broad experience in the hospitality industry and a sound knowledge of running successful up-market food and beverage venues.