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Published April 30th 2016
Journey Through a Diverse Marketplace of Food and Drink
The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


Located on a northern beaches landmark location, overlooking pristine Pittwater, is The Merivale Group's latest creation, The Newport.

For many years, this venue was known to the locals as The Newport Arms. Generations of families and friends celebrated here enjoying the stunning location. After so many years, this iconic waterside hotel was in dire need of a revamp, especially in regards to food. Hospitality legend Justin Hemmes along with his designer sister Bettina waved their magic wand and now they have another winning venue to add to The Merivale Group.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
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Good Friday this year was the big opening day. Builders and enthusiast staff were frantically working around the clock right up to the last minute.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


Hordes of curious locals and even the city slickers from town and the East pocketed their passports to cross Sydney Harbour. They travelled by boat, ferry, car or bus. To enable easy travelling Justin Hemmes had organised free shuttle buses to deliver devotees from Manly straight to the door. (The free courtesy bus is ongoing and runs from Fridays to Sundays, covering surrounding suburbs and transfers to and from Manly.)

Many locals weren't sure what to expect and couldn't wait to see what magic was in store. The design and concept of The Newport has been modelled in a similar vein to the Coogee Pavilion. There is plenty of clean fresh colours, natural stone, marble and a mixture of outdoor bench tables and metal chairs. Patrons are spoilt for choice in the diversity of food, drinks and areas to sit.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
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In true Merivale style, there are plenty of menu options. A bustling market place atmosphere, where you can mingle and enjoy the buzz and aromas of different grills and food stalls pumping out a wide variety of delicious food.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


In the undercover outdoor bar area, Sebastien Lutaud and pizza maestro Vincenzo Biondini are in charge of the two wood fired pizza ovens roasting out a mouthwatering selection of pizzas to suit any taste.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel, Pizza
The Newport Pizzas - picture credit Seafarrwide


At the Seafood Market you can order Sydney Rock or Pacific oysters, prawns, crab omelettes or a plate of spicy seafood noodles.

If burgers and sambos are your favourite pub lunch, then head over to The Shack and enjoy a grass fed beef burger, chicken burger, fish burger, prawn sandwich, schnitzels and chips. There is quite a large selection of hot seafood from fish and chips, salt and pepper calamari, grilled octopus and not forgetting lots of options for kids.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


If the above don't float your boat then get over to The Kiosk and enjoy something from the daily smoked, Barbecue and Rotisserie menu. Salmon, chicken or pork rotisserie platters served with flat-breads, garlic sauce, chilli and delicious tabouli.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


If this is all too heavy and you'd prefer to nibble some green stuff, then The Salad Bar will tickle your fancy with a selection of healthy organic vegetable creations.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


The drinks selection is huge from healthy superfood smoothies, cold pressed juices and milkshakes to a range of kick arse cocktails like the Newport Spritz starting at $15 a glass or a large jug for $42. Of course, all your favourite boutique beers on tap and wine drinkers will love the extensive wine list. If consider yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur, then you need to take a peek into the reserve wine list. Impress your friends with a shout of one of my favourite reds - Rockford 'Basket Press' from the Barossa Valley, SA $170 or maybe a bottle of Giaconda Chardonnay $290, from the foothills of the Victorian Alps.

The Newport also has a fun corner for the young at heart and your little active darlings. They can run ragged in the games area with a hit of badminton, ping pong, crack a word on the giant magnetic Scrabble board.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


Plenty of games to play or simply tire themselves out on exercise bikes that can charge mobile phones as they peddle.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


To add to this wonderful venue, there is regular live music and a programme of free events on the go, so what more do you need for the perfect venue to celebrate any occasion.

The Newport, Newport Arms, Merivale, Justin Hemmes, Merivale Group, Newport Hotel
The Newport - image credit Seafarrwide


Put this venue on your list as a must see soon. It's a hit!

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Why? Great Food at Newly Refurbed Hotel overlooking Pittwater
When: Mon-Sat 10am - 12am, Sun 10am - 11pm
Phone: 9254 8088
Where: 2 Kalinya St, Newport
Cost: $40 plus - including drinks
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Oh, wow, it has changed. I'll have to get there, looks great.
by Faye (score: 3|1154) 1238 days ago
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