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Published March 3rd 2018
Wondrous Waymouth Street
Within the last 5 or 6 years, I have noticed a bit of a "renaissance" along the portion of Waymouth Street in the city of Adelaide which runs between Light Square and King William Street. A greater feel of vibrancy oozes from some of the newer eateries and establishments along its strip.
Waymouth Street runs in an east/west direction between King William Street and West Terrace and was named after one of the directors of the South Australian Company who helped finance South Australia's establishment. Henry Waymouth was in fact among the first to offer up capital on the day in which the South Australian Company was formed in 1835 by George Fife Angas. Henry not only was a passionate advocator for the abolition of slavery but also is said to have established what is now known as the University College of London, which these days has a presence in Adelaide.
Here are 9 places of interest I discovered when exploring Waymouth Street.
1. Grace Emily Hotel
LIke a lot of the pubs around Adelaide, the Grace Emily Hotel has had a chequered career starting out its life known as "The Launceston" when it opened in 1839/1840. In those days it catered for what was then the working class of the West End.
In 1998 the name was changed to its current one and a live music stage was built in the former dining room of the establishment. Well known Australian acts such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes with Cold Chisel, as well as international artists such as Ben Folds, have performed there over the years.
The current owners took over the hotel in 2011 and the venue is now well established as a home of regular live music. Varying genres of music are played there including Acoustic/Folk, Blues/Roots, Country, Jazz, Pop etc.
Monday nights are reserved for what is known as Billy Bob's BBQ Jam from 9 pm, where you can bring out your creative side by being involved in a jam session. Most other nights of the week will give you some exposure to not only some great artists but also types of music you may not have previously considered.
In 2017 the iconic pub and its long association with live music was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame.
You will find the Grace Emily Hotel at 232 Waymouth Street in the city and it's open from 4 pm until late 7 nights a week.
Looking out onto Light Square, Federation Trading is a great place to browse in a place that specialises in original architectural fittings, fireplace restoration and gas fire conversions. The company has been trading since 1982, moving to Waymouth Street over 30 years ago.
Some of the interesting items up for sale and for view include verandah lacework and posts, gates and fences, doors and walls, leadlight windows, tiles, lighting etc. You could easily get lost in the amazing pieces on display, many highlighting a world of yesteryear.
The building itself dates right back to 1866 when a well renowned bread company and bakery occupied the site right up until 1900, known as the Aerated Bread Company. That company was highly successful, being considered one of the city's leading industries in its heyday, having won local and international prizes for its cakes, bread and biscuits.
Later the building became the site of a car showroom prior to its current occupants.
You can find Federation Trading at 127 Waymouth Street in the city and is open from 9 am until 5 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am until 12.30 pm on Saturdays.
The whole concept of Bakmi Lim Noodle Project stems from an Indonesian tradition of eating noodles for breakfast, and in that part of the world are located noodle bars on just about every corner.
The noodles are made from scratch and the Lim name in the business refers to the family name, with Bakmi meaning noodle. Although the menu is not extensive, the prices are good and offerings include Traditional Noodle with Lim's Soy Chicken Mushroom for $12 or perhaps you might prefer Spinach Infused Noodle served with BBQ and Roast Pork for $15.50.
You can try washing it all down with an Indonesian Sweetened Cold Black Tea for $2.50 or maybe a cold Chrysanthemum Tea, also for $2.50.
You will find Bakmi Lim at 4/8 Waymouth Street in the city, or there is another branch at Lower Ground, 5 Rundle Place also in the city. The hours of trading are for Waymouth Street, Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm, Thurs and Fridays 5.30 pm to 9 pm, and Saturdays 12 Noon to 5 pm.
Affectionately known as "The Cumby", the Cumberland Arms Hotel was originally established in 1846 as the Crown and Anchor Hotel and went through a swag of names in the early years, including Cumberland House in 1853, rebuilt in 1884 and then finally renamed its current title in 1892. The National Trust heritage listed property still exudes charm and presence in a class of its own.
The pub has been recently renovated throughout and offers a modern feel inside a character architectural masterpiece. The beer garden alone is acclaimed as the largest in the CBD and caters for all phases of the weather, with misters for the hot days and heaters for the coming cooler times.
The food options are varying with anything from a light snack, a counter meal or a restaurant style meal in the bistro. Some of the regular specials include any pizza and any jug of tap beer or cider for $30, any burger and Boags for $20, Schnitzels on Thursdays for $10.
One of the good things about experiencing the Cumby is the option to pre-order online. It can save you a lot of time so that you can simply sit back and enjoy the hospitality, food and beverages. Mains in the bistro range from $18 to $26, with traditional beer-battered fish and chips for $20 per person.
The Cumby is open for lunch from 12 Noon until 2.30 pm 7 days a week and dinner 5.30 pm until 9 pm also 7 days. They also have a range of function rooms ranging from 16 guest capacity right up to 135. The Cumby is located at 205 Waymouth Street in the city.
As I wandered down Waymouth Street, I was impressed by the eye-catching street art in small streets off the main thoroughfare. Most are colourful, large and in-your-face, but all appealing in their own right.
Images include capture of the human face, a dragon and even a space age depiction. In all cases, they help cover what can be seen as drab or plain walls on buildings.
Another one of the heritage buildings facing Light Square (Wauwi in Kaurna language, meaning female grey kangaroo) is the former City Mission Hall, formed as the result of a gathering of various city evangelical churches at the Flinders Street Presbyterian Church in 1867. The focus was not to be solely on spiritual needs but more importantly assisting the underprivileged. Some of the work included the rescue of girls from lives of misery with a cheap house scheme and working girls' clubs.
In 1898 the Mission employed George Gee Wah to work with the Chinese population and Beshara Abotomey to work with a large Lebanese community. From 1883 until 1924 the Mission also ran a Chinese school. During the Great Depression, the Mission distributed blankets and food and ran a soup kitchen as well as a women's clinic.
Fortunately the facade of the heritage building will still remain, however there are plans to build a 14 level apartment building with ground floor cafe and first floor gym, as well as carparking behind and around the old City Mission Hall.
The consumption of coffee has become a daily (and even more frequent) indulgence for many, and more importantly, good coffee. Once you have become a regular coffee drinker, you begin to know a good tasting coffee from "run of the mill" and even mediocre, and begin to become quite fussy.
Luxxe Cafe prides itself on making a good cup of coffee and source fresh single origin beans blended by experienced baristas. They also sell blends for you to take home and savor.
As far as the food goes, Luxxe offers much in the way of family made recipes with fresh Australian ingredients. From paninis, ciabattas, foccacias, rolls and wraps with amazing fillings to chick pea, pumpkin and Mediterranean salads, a great range of healthy options for breakfast or lunch.
For breakfast fresh croissants and muffins are a good way to start the day. Luxxe is open for breakfast and lunch from 6.30 am until 4 pm Monday to Friday, not opening on weekends.
You will find Luxxe at 60 Waymouth Street in the city. They also cater for corporate and other private functions, for up to 50 people.
Located at the site which was the old Manna Cafe, Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar has been established by chefs Andy Thiele and Paul Gray, Andy having experience in Michelin star restaurants and gastro style pubs in Europe and Paul with local experience. Their intent is to bring both French and British style cuisine to fruition.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on certain days of the week, the venue offers an interesting and taste-bud tempting menu.
For breakfast, options include cassoulet (French style baked beans with bacon duck confit and pork sausage), poached eggs and sourdough. This will set you back $15.90 per person. You can also get bacon, free range egg and brioche bun, ketchup and a small coffee for $11.
For lunch, if you like a good sandwich, Delicatessen offer a good range of American style club sandwiches for $15.90 or if you are looking for a more substantial meal, their lunch options range in price from $14 to $24.
A good selection also awaits for dinner, with bar plates ranging from $7 for Pork Scratchings up to $26 for a Charcuterie Plate with house Pickles. From the pot, a good option is Beef Cheeks braised in Black Sherry, Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Lardons and Sauteed Mushrooms for $28.
If pan- based meals are your preference, then how about Pan roast Duck Leg and Breast, salad Lyonnaise or Mash and Truffle Sauce for $29.
For dessert, one of the tempting treats is Nougat Parfait, Raspberry and Salt Caramel for $13.
Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar is open Mondays from 7.30 am until 4.30 pm. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays they open from 7.30 am until late. Fridays from 7.30 am until Midnight and Saturdays 5 pm until Midnight. You will find them at 12 Waymouth Street in the city.
For weekends and for larger groups it is highly recommended you make a reservation. Catering options are also available for nearby offices and businesses.
Today utilised as an office building, AE & F Tolley's name still stands as sentinel from another era in our wine-making history. The building was built in 1913 at a time when Tolley's were a family with three businesses, this one being a wine merchant.
The building was originally used as a warehouse and then, in 1920 for an office building for the company. The other two businesses were Tolley, Scott & Tolley (better known as TST), distillers and Douglas Tolley, winemakers of Hope Valley.
The AE stood for Albion Everard Tolley and the F for his brother, Frederick who formed partnership together in 1883.
One of Tolley's well known brands was TST Brandy which was known for some time, and utilised as "hospital" brandy, in a distinctive looking bottle.
The Tolley Pedare gewurtztraminer grape, planted in the mid 1970's from 2 buds, eventually became 6 hectares of premium quality vineyards and produced many award winning wines in the 1980's. The name Pedare was formed from the names of Peter, David and Reg Tolley (PE for Peter, DA for David and RE for Reg). In 1995 Mildara Blass purchased the company (now Fosters). The old building can be found at 82 Waymouth Street in the city.