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Published April 19th 2017
Enjoy your traditional Friday fish meal in an old church
Barnacle Bill Port Pirie is situated in a unique re-purposed church building at 116 Florence St, Port Pirie SA 5540. The restaurant offers all the regular Barnacle Bill seafood snack packs and meals, along with burgers, a salad bar for $4.20 extra with your meal, desserts, coffee and drinks. This Barnacle Bill also serves beef schnitzel, which is important for my friend who is allergic to seafood.
The interior is cool and comfortable, offering a choice of ground and mezzanine floors. Two small tables are available outside the front of the restaurant and a restful covered area alongside the building offers a sheltered outdoor alternative.
According to the Port Pirie Regional Council (Upper North Volume 7), the building was a Uniting Church (originally Congregational Church) and replaced a wooden building built in 1876. The foundation stone for the stone church was laid by the Reverend R.W. Fletcher and the stone-mason was a Mr. Charles Taylor. An extension was added in 1900, and the porch was refurbished in 1977.
Beautiful wooden stairs to mezzanine level - Photo by Bowen B-W
The building is significant because of its architectural qualities and embellishments on the facade. The spire forms a landmark and can be seen from some distance in the town. It has a long arch shaped stained-glass windows and a gabled roof. Internal features include beautiful woodwork.