Another attraction for the inner city of Fremantle and the West End is nearing completion with signs at the National Hotel stating that it is getting there and they plan to reopen the gorgeous old hotel in December this year.
Phase 1 as they call it will see the opening of a ground level bar catering for 150 patrons with an alfresco area on High Street allowing for another 50 customers. On the first floor there will be a lounge bar and restaurant for 160 people with an additional 100 patrons catered for alfresco on balconies. There will be a huge open-plan kitchen and we will be able to enjoy 30 draught beers on tap.
Then there is going to be a roof bar and boutique accommodation, so the National could well become the jewel in the crown for Freo.
The Little Creatures bar and brewery at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour was packed full today and a large number of people was well under the legal drinking age because the brewery was holding a community fair with clowns and face painting, sand sculpture, free popcorn, and koala and snake cuddling.
Of course as a contributor to the Drinktank blog by FARE(Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) I have to be a wee bit critical of holding an event for children in a big booze barn, but I have acknowledged Little Creatures in the past for their very responsible service of alcohol, and I am a big believer that children deserve the best and a lot of fun, so good on the Creatures crew for organising this during school holidays.
The heat in Fremantle forced me out of the house and demanded a cold drink, so Little Creatures seemed the right place for a coldie. The delicious smokey Puffing Billy will only be on tap today again, so a White Rabbit had to kill my thirst. It was pretty quiet at the Loft so looking around I found some cute still-life photos I am sharing with you here.
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.