If you thought Merivale had sprinkled all their fairy dust on The Paddington alone, you'll be more than chuffed to know that they've had their eye on Sydney's best north of the bridge spots, too. Yesterday, the hospitality giant released news that stage one of the their huge Newport Arms refurbishment was due to be unveiled in January next year - just in time for your summer break.
While part of a larger redevelopment that's due to be rolled out in three stages, January's launch is set to reveal the beer garden's stunning new landscaping - all jacarandas, wild cacti and succulents in the shrub-filled garden and Chinese elms, plane trees, crape myrtles and date palms as a shady backdrop.
The new-look Newport will also play host to a range of culinary offering from executive chef Sebastien Lutaud, best described as "a range of food experiences". From delights as diverse as smoked brisket, hot-smoked salmon and classic fish and chips to wood-fire pizzas created by Vincenzo Biondini, there's also fresh juices, smoothies, milkshakes, gelato and Will & Co. espresso coffee on offer, too.
Other cool features include a games area featuring old-school favourites like badminton, ping pong and giant magnetic Scrabble, plus outdoor Pentanque (aka boules), table tennis and exercise bikes that work double duty by charging your phone - a winning touch.
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Modelled after the style of Montauk, The Hamptons and the Mediterranean, Akin Creative's Kelvin Ho and Emilie Delalande have been working alongside stylist Amanda Talbot and Justin and Bettina Hemmes to bring the sprawling Pittwater-facing pub to life. We're expecting the same pitch-perfect attention to detail as Merivale's other properties, so watch this space for more exciting updates.