Sun, Surf, And Stories: The Beach Hotel Mereweather Returns

Pubs, Travel / 15 February 2024

Merewether’s beloved gem shines brighter.

Merewether’s shoreline shimmers with a renewed sense of vibrancy. After an 18-month restoration journey, The Beach Hotel has triumphantly returned, its iconic silhouette once again etching itself against the breathtaking coastal backdrop. More than just a pub, it’s a local legend, a haven woven into the very fabric of Newcastle’s community for over a century. Generations have raised glasses, shared laughter, and etched memories within its walls, making it a cornerstone of the city’s social tapestry that’s been graciously welcomed back

Hotelier Glenn Piper, guided by his childhood memories of surfing Merewether’s waves, approached the restoration with both respect and vision. He aimed not to erase the pub’s soul, but to gently rejuvenate it, weaving in new experiences for a contemporary audience. The result is a harmonious blend of old and new, a space that whispers of history while embracing the future.

Stepping inside, the light and airy interiors are reminiscent of the gentle curves of the coastline. Sunlight streams through the windows, reflecting off metallic accents that nod to Newcastle’s industrial heritage. The iconic saloon bar, a time capsule from the 1940s, has been meticulously revived. Its original tile floors now gleam. Vintage photographs adorn the walls, a captivating gallery celebrating the rich surfing heritage of The Beach Hotel and the community it serves.

The Beach Hotel Mereweather Peregrin Menu

But the true magic lies in the diverse experiences offered. Peregrin, perched on the rooftop, beckons with its elevated coastal dining. Chef Adam Rust’s menu sings with the simple, natural flavours of the region, drawing inspiration from the abundance of Merewether’s land and sea. The succulent aroma of charcoal-grilled Eastern Rock Lobster drizzled with garlic lemon butter mingles with the sea salt in the air as it wafts through the crowd. Meanwhile, the vibrancy offered by a whole roasted cauliflower adorned with salsa verde and currants reminds you that a little spice is always welcomed. The bar here beckons with its allure, offering tempting snacks and small plates like Port Stephens oysters and charcoal-fried calamari while you soak in the breathtaking panorama of the ocean.

The Beach Hotel Mereweather Pub Menu

And if you’re feeling a little more casual, the main bar and pub dining on the ground floor offer a menu that blends reimagined pub classics with the spirit of backyard barbeques. Satiate over the glistening glaze on miso-glazed eggplant, the satisfying sizzle of Hunter Valley T-Bone steaks cooked to perfection, and the tangy crunch of potato scallops dusted with vinegar sea salt. Wash it all down with a margarita from the dedicated menu, a crisp local beer, or a glass of Hunter Valley wine.

The Beach Hotel Mereweather Larries

And then there’s Larrie’s, the retro takeaway shop that transports you back to simpler times. Here, you’ll find nostalgic beach staples like the chiko roll reimagined, alongside icy colas and classic Aussie brews. It’s a portal back to childhood summers, each bite evoking memories of warm sand and carefree laughter.

The Beach Hotel isn’t just a place to eat and drink; it’s a place to tune out the day and tune into the waves of the ocean and musicians. Live music fills the air Thursday through Sunday, celebrating the vibrant local talent that defines Newcastle. Whether you’re catching up with friends over a plate of Peregrin’s charcoal-fired goodness, enjoying a casual pub meal with family, or grabbing a takeaway treat from Larrie’s, you’ll feel the undeniable warmth of community that has always been the heart of The Beach Hotel.

It’s more than just a reopening; it’s a homecoming. The Beach Hotel, reborn with respect and love, is ready to write the next chapter in its storied history, welcoming locals and visitors alike to create new memories within its sun-drenched walls.

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