Woolwich Pier Hotel reopens with a glamourous new look, menu and woo! those views

Woolwich Pier HotelWhen the sun is out in Sydney, we’re all faced with the tough challenge of cunning, research and personal recommendations; it’s the ever relentless quest for the ultimate summer drinking spot. A place where you’re spoilt for choice with drinks, can eat alfresco and and have a view beyond a beer garden wall. The obvious spots are often swamped, so when Sydney icon “The Pier” reopens with a whole new look and experience, we’re there quicker than you can say “Aperol spritzer please”.

Known affectionately as “The Pier”, architects Alexander & Co have transformed this 1885 grand dame into a sexy little number. It has a new grand stairway to ‘The Social’, knocked down walls and woah! a wrap around balcony with top to toe glass providing Cockatoo Island and city skyline views that is just intoxicating. It hits the spot balancing a heritage feel with modern touches – think timber panels, white walls and lush seating. The baby pink sofas, leather chairs and dusky blue high stools are on point.

Image by Jessie Harris

Image by Jessie Harris

Head chef Glenn Tabudlo has created a new fusion French & Japanese menu, yet retains the classics for die hard fans (yes, the chicken and leek pie remains!). Tuna tartare is marinated in wasabi-ponzu and circled with waffle crisps and rice crackers. The burrata is given a new lease of life with a layered mille feuille of vegetables, resting on a puddle of pesto and dressed with edible flowers. Classics like arancini balls and salt & pepper squid are a generous start. The Chef’s Choices are the go to dishes – a twice baked cheese and leek souffle, a bit denser in style, a squid ink risotto topped with Miso Salmon and a top hat of crisp salmon skin dotted with roe, sesame mayo, togarashi and edamame. A blood orange reduction ‘Duck l’Orange’ comes two ways with confit leg, sliced and seared duck breast. Add in a killer Aperol Spritz, and we’re settled in for summer. 

With a cocktail and wine menu long enough to keep you entertained all afternoon, ‘The Pier’ is your new secret weapon venue. It offers the perfect trifecta – design, food and drinks. When you add the views, you can finally stop searching and book a date with the ultimate 2019 summer pub.

Image by Jessie Harris

Image by Jessie Harris

Woolwich Pier Hotel 
2 Gale Street, Woolwich
Opening Hours: 
Mon – Thurs: 11am -11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-midnight
Sunday: 11am-10pm



About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).


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