Built in 1864, the Blues Point Hotel is one of the oldest pubs in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney. A local drinking hole in McMahon's Point on Blues Point Road, from the outside you might think it nothing more than an old pub. Geoff Dixon knew he was onto a winning location when he purchased the Hotel in 2014. Renovations were completed, with the addition of boutique style rooms for rent ranging from $100 - $150 per night with en-suites. This year rolled around and on realisation the hotel needed more space to accommodate the increasing trade, more renovations were completed just a couple of weeks ago. The new plans by Arcon removed walls, lifted ceilings, opening up the spaces considerably. The interior is looking all shiny and new while retaining some elements of it's heritage.
The main front bar, the original old-school drinking den, has now been fitted out with new carpet, new furniture, new kitchen and bar equipment, plasma TVs and extra finishes has spruced up the bar with a modern look.
Past the bar, the space is broken up into different seating areas. Cobalt blues and whites have lifted and modernised the look highlighting the nautical theme. I expect there may be a few more marine elements yet to add here. I visualised timber Ship steering wheels, Sailor's knot shadow boxes, even an anchor resting in a corner.
A modern fireplace acts as the perfect space divider and focal point. Not only adding a lovely blast of heat throughout but brings balance into symmetrical arrangements. I find a fireplace always more inviting than a large air- con heated hotel.
The menu sports the usual pub classics like Beef or Chicken Burgers, Pulled Pork Rolls and Fish and Chips. If you prefer to pull a stool to the bar and settle in for a few drinks, then a snack Pot of Sizzling Garlic Prawns and crispy toast $15 might hit the spot, or some Bacon and Cheddar Spicy Wedges with sour cream and tomato salsa $11.
The main menu has pasta, salads, your favourite cuts of meat cooked on the grill, served with your choice of sauce, chips/mash and salad/vegetables.
Moving away from the usual pub grub the menu also offers dishes with a difference such as Soft Shell Crab Salad, specials occasionally of Slow Roasted Lamb Shanks and some other dishes for the seafood lovers. I love fish so I was pleased to see Grilled Swordfish, Roasted Kipflers, sugar beans, tomatoes, Chimichurri sauce [GF] $25 and Crispy Skinned Atlantic Salmon with exotic mushrooms, bok choy, soy, sesame and ginger dressing $26.
Different nights have different bites. The Tuesday I was there, it was 'Any Pasta dish for $15.00'.
Let's not forget the bar, with plenty of beers on offer and a nicely tuned Wine List. A couple of lovely French Champagnes listed along with my favourite, Pol Roger NV Brut.
All up I have to say I will be back, possibly one Sunday afternoon might be ideal to enjoy the outside terrace for lunch before moving in to ward off the winter chill and settle in for a few more wines by the fireplace. Ah perfect, check it out!