As we walked towards the square I noticed the newly built Henley Surf Life Saving Club was open. Curiosity got the better of me, and assuming it was only open to members, I wanted to take a closer look. Luck was on my side, because and as I approached the front doors, a sign read it was open to the public. What a perfect place to have dinner!
I walked to the bar and introduced myself to manager David, who handed me the Oceanview Bar and Restaurant menu. Not only was the view spectacular, but friendly service with a smile made all the difference.
The menu had a range of choices, and the prices were very reasonable. I ordered two platters - one Mediterranean and the other prawn, accompanied by a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Somehow wine, platters and a view accompany each other extremely well.
Prawn platter, perfect for summer with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc - delicious!
People of all ages started to fill the room, placing orders for dinner and chatting amongst themselves on the outdoor balcony. What a perfect vantage point to watch the sunset, and take in the ocean breeze - everybody was in happy spirits and the floor staff were working overtime delivering orders to inside and outside tables.
What made this place even more special is that even with the place buzzing and busy with people, our order arrived within five minutes. This is a Surf Life Saving Club right? You betcha it is - and there's a history behind it too.
Henley Surf Life Saving Club was the first of its kind on on the beach in Adelaide, originally under the Royal Life Saving Society. The club was the first to be accepted into the Surf Life Saving movement in 1953.
The club was without a building for 18 months during the demolition and construction stages. They continued to operate out of shipping containers in the carpark, with gear stored in an old service station closeby.
So dedicated are the members, that even though there were no shower facilities after their time on duty during the construction phase, the club's membership grew.
The restaurant is open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. On the weekends there's a buffet breakfast and all day meals. Check the website for opening hours as they do open sometimes on public holidays.