The Beach Hotel in Merewether has welcomed its latest addition – ‘Larrie’s’.
The retro takeaway shop, inspired by Aussie milk bars, is the first step in a revamp plan hatched by owner Glenn Piper when he took over the reigns in 2022.
Larries Merewether will offer a menu that serves as a twist on traditional beach classics.
It takes its name from ‘Larrikin’, one of the most endearing characteristics of the collective Australian personality.
The name also pays homage to the locals who have made Merewether their own, namely the frolicsome youth surf community of the 70s and 80s.
Piper is thrilled to be offering a fresh take on what was his own surfing holiday haunt.
“It’s an honour to swing open the doors of the first venue of what’s set to be the first chapter in a new era for the Beach Hotel,” he says.
“The pub is a place where the community has gathered for generations, and we hope that Larrie’s provides them with a reassurance of what’s to come – a nod to the old with a touch of the new – filled with good mates, great food, cold beer and a cracking view of the waves.”
Larrie’s boasts a menu that includes a shared plate of chicken-salt laden chips, a fresh take on a Chiko Roll served with curry mayo, Aussie brews and cold colas.
It will also feature family-friendly, old-school classics like traditional Fish & Chips, Battered Pineapple.
To finish, the vintage-style Gaytime Sundae with swirls of vanilla and caramel soft serve topped with chocolate syrup and malted biscuit crumbs.
Diners will be able to choose from fresh menu options such as the Prawn and Mango Bowl, Crispy Fish Tacos and even a Sashimi Plate with slices of Northern NSW’s best salmon, tuna, and snapper.
Beers will be supplied by Newcastle-founded Modus, Foghorn and Steel City alongside a curated selection of wines from Hunter vineyards like Tyrrell’s Wines, Usher Tinkler and Vinden.
Designed in collaboration with local architects EJE Interiors, Larries Merewether will look the part too, with custom printed tables surrounded by the timber inlay created from vintage surfboards.
A hero’s gallery of sun-bleached images donated by the Merewether Surfboard Club is sure to get visitors talking.
Later this year, Larries will be joined at The Beach Hotel by a revitalised main bar, as well as a new coastal dining experience on the first floor.
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