A Brisbane restaurant criticised for priding itself on celebrating the British Empire’s “push into the developing cultures of the world” says it never intended to cause offence.

British Colonial Co, in Brisbane’s east, opened on July 1, but has attracted negative feedback on social media in recent days.

“Inspired by the stylish days of the empirical push into the developing cultures of the world, with the promise of adventure and modern refinement in a safari setting,” the restaurant’s promotional material reads.

While some commenters expressed disgust at what they viewed as racist sentiments in the theme, others questioned whether the “politically correct brigade” was overreacting.

The restaurant said it was proud of its brand and was upset and saddened by the negative attention.


“British Colonial Co was founded on the principles of providing Brisbane foodies with relaxed, casual dining,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

“We believe that our decor and menu has great synergy with Brisbane’s climate and the expansive palette of our clientele, who are looking for a melting pot of food and beverages to enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere.”

The restaurant said it never intended to cause offence.

“As a small local business, we strive to be the best we can, and we are committed to improving our service wherever possible.”

It comes months after a Vietnamese restaurant in Brisbane changed its name from Uncle Ho after protests and death threats.


AAP; Top Photo: British Colonial Co. Facebook

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