Matt checks out some of the best pubs around Sydney … and all with a view to kill!
Nestled on the shores of Pittwater, the Arms overlooks the scenic splendour of Bayview, Church Point, Scotland Island and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Since 1880, Newport Arms has been a landmark amongst Sydney hotels, restaurants and attractions and has been one of Australia’s largest beer gardens and family hotel.
The Arms has three food outlets: Terrace Restaurant for fine dining, The Bistro with traditional pub food, and the new Grill area specialising in BBQ ribs steaks and seafood. The Head Chef will have a range of meals prepared for you to film.
One of the attractions unique to the Newport Arms is its outdoor cinema screen which is the largest in the Northern Beaches. Initially installed in the beer garden for the Olympics, it is a sports fanatic's dream. Sit back on the grass and watch your favourite sport whilst soaking up the sunshine and views. Fox Sports is shown daily including all special events.
The motel-style three star accommodation has been recently renovated. There 9 rooms, 8 double rooms, 1 family room (sleeps 7).
Manly Wharf Hotel
Manly Wharf Hotel is a stylish new pub situated on the harbour’s edge and reflects the relaxed coastal lifestyle and was opened 15 months ago as part of a major redevelopment project of the original 1854 Manly Ferry Wharf.
Manly Wharf Hotel is perfect for both locals and visitors to experience all year round; unwind outdoors on the jetty bar with an icy cold beer while watching the sun go down, or relax with friends in the public bar, cocktail lounge or restaurant.
Food is on offer in the Restaurant and at the bar. The entire bar food is under $14 and includes everything from fish and chips to steak sandwiches that have been voted as the best in Australia (give it a road-test).
Restaurant: Fine but relaxed dining with a superb view. Head Chef Daniel Gibson leads a busy team and utilises his passion for food to deliver an inspiring seasonal menu. The restaurant has received glowing reviews. The fare on offer is Modern Australian with an emphasis on Seafood. They were the finalist in Restaurant and Catering Awards 2003 for “Best Restaurant in a Pub Hotel.”
Public Bar: Casual socialising by the harbour. The hotels central meeting place, the public bar boasts a blend of contemporary ‘coastal inspired’ design features. Enormous glass bi-folding doors open to a large timber deck set with massive communal tables & timber slat benches. Inside an impressive river pebble wall features throughout & is teamed with a range of bright Vixel mosaic glass wall tiles.
Cocktail Bar: A special lounge bar. Hidden behind a stunning bamboo wall is the Lounge Bar - a warm intimate space designed for weekend evening crowds to enjoy a cocktail or two. A separate entrance and bar makes this area perfect for private functions and events. The Lounge is filled with a list of contemporary furnishings including rich coloured leather baguette seating, central circular shaped, ottoman and a brilliant Tibetan-inspired hand woven rug.
Jetty bar: On the Wharf. Situated over the harbour the Jetty Bar has been constructed using original timber beams and harbour pylons from the jetty. This outdoor bar has year-round heating installed for the cooler days and offers one of Sydney's finest locations to relax and sit back with a long cool drink and take in the stunning view.
Watson’s Bay Hotel
Watson’s Bay is Sydney’s unique seafood village complete with its famous harbour side pub, the Doyles Palace Hotel, affectionately known as the “Watson’s Bay Hotel.”
The hotel has been around since 1912 and is situated right on the harbour’s edge with spectacular views across Sydney and the city skyline.
It has a village atmosphere in the peaceful surroundings of Watson’s Bay with beaches, parks and relaxing historical walks at its doorstep, and an eclectic mix of all walks of life. It is only 12km from the city.
It has three bars- Benny’s bar (cocktail/lounge), Sports bar and a Garden bar with a bistro that serves Doyle’s famous fish n Chips and a wide selection of Modern Australian cuisine. The place can house up to 1500 people.
It has 4 ½ star boutique accommodation with 32 spacious suites each with balconies air conditioning, remote cable TV and internet ready.
You can choose from stunning executive suites, cosy harbour front suites or family suites with lofted bedrooms. All suites have large, beautiful beautifully appointed bathrooms. A full breakfast is included in your room rate.