Good to see more development proposals in the West End of Fremantle with an application for the development of a bar, restaurant, cafe at number 1 Pakenham Street near the corner of Phillimore Street. If all goes to plan that would be the third bar in Pakenham Street with Jarrahcorp on the corner of High Street also being transformed into a bar/cafe, and the bakery bar, put on hold for the time being, between High and Collie Street. They will all be welcome attractions for the West End of the CBD that is in dire need of revitalisation.
Just under the Round House at No 1 High Street 3 young Victorians are creating the arty espresso bar Chalkys, which will open in early January, and word is out that there is serious interest in creating a restaurant/cafe/bar in the most southern studio of J Shed on Bathers Beach.
Also on the cards is an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as part of the Arthur Head transformation into an art hub.
It was organised chaos but a lot of fun at Clancys in Fremantle last eve when amateur wannabee chefs tried their luck at the BBQ Cook-Off.
Some of the knife skills were less than impressive, some food under, other over cooked, but the majority of dishes presented to the judges looked delicious and got the thumbs up from top judge Nimrod.
The deserting Dockers team of Ben Allan and Clancy Pearce produced a stunning spaghetti marinara that took them into the final against the Maestros team of Lucky Oceans and Nick Sheppard, who had cooked a Mexican seafood wrap.
The Brewers team of Cindy from Nail Brewery and Jan from Last Drop Brewery made great prawn skewers and lamb cutlet and a lovely beer induced sauce.
The VIPS, or Tim Team, of councillor Tim Grey Smith and Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Milsom also created a stunning prawn dish.
Clancys Fremantle will have its 25th birthday next year, so get ready to party!
The replica of the historic Dutch sailing ship Duyfken has found her new home at the back of Fremantle‘s Little Creatures in the Fishing Boat Harbour. Being at the boardwalk will make it easier for tourists to find and visit her, so spread the word and pay a visit to the delightful little dove.
While ‘on the job’ I had to do some research at Little Creatures and tried a glass of the yummy Puffing Billy, a smoked bock beer well worth trying!
I love Fremantle even more when the weather warms up, when we live more outdoors than indoors, and I like taking pictures from outside through insides to outsides, if that makes any sense. For this one I was standing in the lane between the two Little Creatures buildings and photographed through the window.
With the Swan Brewery operations closing in Canning Vale it is important this sign of the Boxing Kangaroo on the side of the Fremantle National Hotel will be preserved and restored as it is now of heritage significance, linking the brewery to the America’s Cup challenge held off Fremantle in the eighties.
With hail forecast today it is hard to believe we will have a warm and sunny long weekend, but that’s what the experts say. Like many around Australia I will be watching the AFL Grand Final somewhere in Fremantle. If I feel like a noisy crowd I might go to Clancys or I might just stay at home with a Culley’s Chicken Korma pie and a bottle of stout or three.
On Sunday morning I want to take some photos of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bike Ride that starts at 10 am at the Fremantle Art Centre and from 4-8 is the free KULCHA Caravan Club, so I might pop in there for a bit of Gypsy Swing music.
Good news for those who don’t want to go to the Royal Show in Claremont with the Fremantle Ferris Wheel staying here. It was not dismantled as planned to go to the Royal Show, so enjoy a ride at the Esplanade and see the city and Fishing Boat Harbour from the air in airconditioned comfort. Not sure if the Duyfken will be moored there yet, but it might be.
Fremantle boutique brewery Little Creatures is no longer in Western Australian control with 99.7% of the shareholders in favour of the $ 362 million dollar take-over bid by Japanese brewery Kirin.
It is a bit of a sentimental loss to Freo I assume, but we are used to it as the Sail&Anchor left us in similar fashion, starting as a boutique brewery and then being sold for huge money.
One can’t blame the people behind Little Creatures for taking the profits of this success story, so now hoping the Fishing Boat Harbour brewery will retain its great character.
I’m taking my chopsticks up to the Loft next time I go because the dark White Rabbit and Sashimi would be a combination made in heaven.
At first impression it looks as if the Fremantle Markets have turned into a pub, but take a second look and discover it is simply the reflection of the market in a window of the Sail&Anchor hotel.
Reflections make it possible for us to look left and right, up and down, and back and forward, at the same time. That always intrigues me and makes me feel like a very young child, discovering the world with wide open eyes.
Things are progressing well to make the West End of Fremantle more vibrant. In Pakenham Street the bakery, bar, restaurant is starting to look pretty good, while Steve Wood at Jarrah Corp has put his application for a liquor license in to also create a wine bar on the corner of Pakenham and High streets. On top of that we will also be getting a micro brewery at the former McDonalds, Dome site at Bathers Beach.
Walking through High Street this morning I though what a difference a good street profile and window display makes to the appeal of a shop. Have a look at the B&M Store window dressing. It is gorgeous and so are the stunning big bags. Karteque and Djura always look very appealing and so does Love in Tokyo.
Anyone who sees me knows I am not a fashion freak, people probably describe me more as daggy, but I love Sheree Dornan‘s very feminine clothes at Love in Tokyo and hope my next lover will be wearing her designs. A reason for more hugs!
On the other side of the street is Bill Campbell‘s second hand bookshop. It is so homely that I’d love to live their.
The West End has got many hidden treasures, so go for a treasure hunt on a gorgeous day like today and check out the gems. Freo’s Wonderful West End is a special place to visit, shop and relax.
The development of a bakery, bar and restaurant in Pakenham Street