March 23, 2014

Bannisters, Mollymook


View from our deck

Approximately three and a half hours south of Sydney is a small beachside town called Mollymook. Just before you reach this town you will find Bannisters a boutique hotel built in the 70's but renovated to keep up with the times.

Side view of Bannisters

For sometime I have been wanting to stay at Bannisters and dine at the featured Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant, so to celebrate my husband and I five year wedding anniversary I booked one night's accommodation.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by the reception staff, we stayed in an ocean deck room which as the name suggests has ocean views and a deck with two lounge chairs. The room was spacious containing a king size bed, lounge, tv and coffee table. The bathroom was standard (no spa/bath).


The hotel has a day spa, pool, billiard room, restaurant and bar. We arrived a little later than what we had planned so we didn't get a chance to go for a swim in the pool however we made use of the bar which serves delicious cocktails, bar food and pizzas. Whilst sipping our drinks we savored the view as a light rain fell and enjoyed the tunes from the musician in the corner playing his guitar and singing acoustic beats. 

Cocktails

Jone's Beach

Once the rain had stopped we went for a short walk to Jone's beach a small rocky beach to the left of the hotel.

That evening we dined at Rick Stein's restaurant. We were pleased to see a David Hook wine on the menu which we ordered. For entree we ordered the prawn fritters and Harvey Bay scallops. When it came to the main I ordered outside my comfort zone, a tuna steak with miso sauce and bean sprout salad, my husband ordered the fish and chips. For dessert we shared a creme brulee which was accompanied by a piece of shortbread. The creme brulee was absolutely divine. Our dining experience was enjoyable, the seafood was fresh, the flavours worked well and service was good.

Scallops
Prawn fritters
Fish and chips, Tuna steak and green beans with toasted almonds
Creme brulee - delicious!

The next day we enjoyed the complimentary hot and cold breakfast on the restaurant deck. The scrambled eggs and mushrooms were great. We checked out and headed to Mollymook beach where we sun baked, walked along the beach and went for a dip in the water before heading home with a brief stop in Berry.

Overall it was a nice one night getaway, being on the south coast the town was small, beach wasn't crowded and the water was clean and refreshing. If you are looking for a short getaway I recommend heading down the south coast to Bannisters.