Hillview Tavern


The Hillview Tavern in Maida Vale is part of the Hillview Golf Course complex, next to the golf shop, and open to the public. The Greenside Bistro and Albatross Bar look out across the course with tables and chairs inside and outside on a veranda ...

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Ivy and Jack


Ivy and Jack is the refitted and very modern looking restaurant and bar attached to the Holiday Inn in Hay Street, in the middle of the CBD. The Inn is still being retrofitted so a little noise and scaffolding from the works may put you off a little, ...

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Firewater Grille


Firewater Grill, the signature restaurant of the Duxton, is entered off the elegant and stylish lobby of the hotel. It also houses a separate bar area to one end which is quiet, private and a great spot for pre-dinner drinks. On this visit, as ...

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The Principal


  To start the New Year off on a positive note we decided to go back to a few of the places we enjoyed last year and went along again to the Principal in Midland. In renovated and historic school buildings opposite Midland Gate it is an ...

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Belgium Beer Cafe


The old City Hotel of my youth was transformed many years ago into the Belgian Beer Café – serving up a host of Belgian beers – wheats, pales, ambers, saisons – with names such as Stella, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Duvel sitting alongside a small selection ...

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Best Drop Tavern


I hadn’t been here for many years – in fact I am sure it was still the Last Drop when I was there – but with a mate from Gooseberry Hill I stopped by for a quick drink this week. The Elizabethan style exterior hasn’t changed but inside it has ...

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Kalamunda Hotel


The dining room at the Kalamunda Hotel, with its fire place, dark wood, red patterned carpet is evocative of its history – built in 1902 the original building is now the bottle shop while the adjoining “new” hotel was completed in 1928 – owned, ...

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The Royal on the Waterfront

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Last year on Melbourne Cup day I was reduced to driving Lady FWO to and from an event in South Perth and as I reported at the time “on the way home and for several hours afterwards –until she retired for the night – I was entertained by an, at times, ...

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Homestead Brewery


Lady FWO, after swanning around Melbourne in the past week was looking for a relaxed change of pace, so on Monday we went out to Mandoon’s Homestead Brewery for a light lunch and drink to take in the sunny, warm weather. As I have probably ...

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Hopscotch Bar Canberra


Not having been in and around Braddon for 18 months or so I was very, and pleasantly, surprised last week by the number of restaurants and bars that have sprung up, especially in Lonsdale Street. With a few hours to spare until my flight home on ...

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