In need of a cool refreshing drink. Here's where to find some of Williamstown's best bars. The Melbourne Bars crew, have been busy compiling short lists.
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Pier Farm has taken over the site previously occupied by Anchorage. The venue has been refreshed and refurbished to produce fresh and authentic Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.Melbourne restaurateur, Roberto Scheriani (previously of The Italian), opted for a sea change to start a new venture for Williamstown locals and Melbourne foodies. Pier Farm will produce a warm and inviting environment and a menu that boasts local ingredients with a focus on beautiful fresh seafood, pasta and salads.Matteo Bartaletti (previously of North Bondi Italian Food, Movida) is thrilled to come on board as head chef. Born in Italy and having worked extensively across Tuscany and Dubai, Bartaletti spent time in Sydney on his last stint in Australia and has now taken residency in Williamstown.The raw bar will offer delicacies such as Sydney Rock Oysters, or something else light and delicious such as the carpaccio of cured flounder, grapes and pumpkin seeds with a verjus dressing or the DeVodier Prosciutto di Culatello with fresh figs and gnocco fritto.Main courses originate from the sea or the paddock, with plates such as the pan-fried fillet of John Dory with pippies, caper berries and cherry tomatoes sitting on the menu alongside the dry aged, grass fed rib eye with pickled mushrooms and crispy shallots.Accompaniments such as fennel and butter leaf salad with a fresh lemon dressing and sweet peas with fresh mint and pancetta will also evoke the freshness of summer.Those who prefer pasta will be able to enjoy likes of handmade black truffle ravioli in a veal ragout with parmiagiano reggiano or a trofie pasta with potatoes, green beans and hand pounded pesto.Sommelier George Haralambopoulous, a long-time friend of Roberto’s and something of a Williamstown icon having been at Anchorage for the past two years, has created an extensive wine list with over 140 different drops available. George and Roberto first met over 30 years ago, both working for the late Donlevy Fitzpatrick at Vic Ave Café in Albert Park.“While Robbie was busy winning hats and awards, I was sommelier at Werribee Mansion Hotel for 14 years being recognised for adventurous food and wine pairings for some 15 international chefs. Quite a few customers followed me across to Williamstown to continue to their wine journey,” says George.“We will showcase classic Australian and iconic Europeans wines, breaking it up with new and upcoming winemakers both local and abroad,” he continues.Pier Farm is the perfect location to enjoy world-class food against an inimitable waterfront backdrop. The venue will also operate as a function space – ideal for a summer event or wedding – that will give beautiful and memorable experiences for a special occasion.Pier Farm will be renovated in stages, with plans for further development throughout 2018.
The Atomic Bar is located in the heart of Williamstown’s waterfront cafe strip and has become an iconic institution of the area for over the past 15 years.
The Steam Packet Hotel is an important element of the historical town of Williamstown. It has strong historical associations and is architecturally notable as being a strong representative example of a hotel in the 1800′s.The Steam Packet Hotel has always been one of the leading hotels in the city and had a strong association with the thriving nineteenth century port of Williamstown.Architecturally, the building is in the conservative Classical style and is notable for its detailing. Constructed on stone plinth, the stuccoed structure has a string course and parapet with cornice. Other distinctive features include the angled corner, window and door fames and the prominent chimneys.The two-storey building was built in 1863 to replace an 1839 original building called the Ship Inn. On 7th January 1839, James Fawns took out a license for the Ship Inn which became Williamstown’s first hotel. In the mid 1940′s, the Ship Inn was serving as a boarding house and a bakery run by Mr Jennings, a baker. It was then in 1850 that Mr Jennings took out a license for the building, calling it Steam Packet.In 1861, a fire destroyed several shops and the Old Ship Inn. In 1863, the new building of the Steam Packet Hotel was born.
Since it opened, the pub has built a solid reputation for unpretentious meals, a down-to-earth mood and good beer. As far as I’m concerned, that is well-warranted praise.
The Customs House Hotel is located in the heart of Williamstown’s Restaurant precinct, overlooking Commonwealth Reserve and Port Phillip Bay; Nelson Place is accessible by Ferry, Train or Car. Take pleasure in one of our three open fire places, strong variety of beers on tap and wide-ranging wine list; including our impressive Cellar Collection.
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