Fremantle BATHERS BEACH HOUSE got their liquor license approved this week, so the new venture in the former Fishermens’ Co-op building should be up and running by mid November.
Here are some more details about what is going to happen on the beach site at the Indian Ocean.
Bathers Beach House is a two level venue and will occupy approximately one third of the fully- renovated building. The ground level will house a dining space and bar areas. It will have a quintessentially Australian flavour to the menu, a wide range of local craft beers plus international favourites together with an eclectic range of local wines and a few international additions.
The first floor has an amazing panoramic view along the coast and it will be a flexible functions space that can be used for almost any occasion. Downstairs will cater for 270 people, whilst upstairs could cater for as many as 330 people.
The northern side of Bathers Beach House will feature alfresco dining areas and it will also be offering a kiosk service from the northern side of the building.
BBH will be posting regular progress updates on their website at http://www.bathersbeachhouse.com.au
Congratulations to the Fremantle Sail&Anchor and Clancy’s Fish Pub for being in the top ten of Australia’s best beer establishments in the inaugural Beer&Brewer magazine list.
The Sail came in at number six and Clancy’s at number 8.
Malicious rumours that Clancys’ turnover is dramatically down because I stopped drinking alcohol six months ago, are unfounded. The good news is that I’ll have the odd sip of nice wine and a good old Guinness again as off next week. Half a year of abstinence is enough.
Fremantle’s rejuvenated CLANCY’S is doing new things. Not only are they open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am, but in September they also have the Free Friday Fiesta music on.
This Friday September 5 it starts at 5.30 pm with The Limelight Jazz, followed at 7.30 pm by Reverend Todd YoYo and from 8.30 on Jim Fisher and Ian Simpson Bluegrass Co. will be on.
And dare I put a verbal selfie up and announce I had my last alcoholic drink at Clancys four months ago on May 4. A single pint of Guinness. I doubt Tony Abbott will give me the OA(Order of Australia) or that the Pope will grant me Sainthood, so a bit of self-congratulation will have to do.
Justin Rogan, the manager of CLANCY’S in Fremantle, showed me around today to point out the improvements they are making to the building. It looks promising!
They are building a whole new kitchen, cool, store, and staff room on the south-western corner, while the old toilet block has been demolished and the toilets are relocated to the former kitchen area.
The alfresco areas on both sides of the building are extended and will be under cover, with heating in winter and cooling in summer.
Clancys is going back to the 80s with booths installed in the room where the stage is, but the interior design will all be in the same Clancy’s style as City Beach, Dunsborough and Canning Bridge. The estimated re-opening time is mid to late August, so not far away at all. If you can’t wait that long, hop on the bus to Canning Bridge or spend a long weekend in Dunsborough.
The whole area at Princess May Park will transform even more with renovations of the former Boys School-FTI building, and the building of the Hilton Hotel on the Point Street carpark site. Good things are happening in Freo, just a bit of patience needed!
The renovations at Fremantle Clancy’s Fishpub are progressing well, and by the look of it there will be a larger alfresco area at the back of the pub at Princess May Park. That will give more parents the opportunity to sit outside and watch over their children, who can safely play in the park away from traffic.
Clancys will open again in mid August, so stay tuned. I’ll keep you up to date.
Tell your wife it’s all about saving money when you argue if you should go out on Friday night. A pint of Guinness for only $ 7.00 and an Irish music concert by Sean Roche for only $ 15.00 (members $ 10,00) is such a bargain that one cannot stay at home.
It’s all happening at the FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB in Henry Street at 7.30 this Friday, and is a bit of an early St Patrick’s Day celebration.
The cafe will be open from 5.30 for a good and cheap meal, so go join the fun, and bring the wife!
Plans are well under way for a 52 patron micro brewery Blacksall Cellar Door at the Fremantle Markets. The proposal comes from hotel operators Patrick Prendiville and Craig and Ian Hutchinson.
The proposal is to brew beer on the premises and sell it there, as an off spin of the already operating Blacksall micro brewery at Salt on Port Beach.
The Indonesian Consul will be visiting the Fremantle Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets tomorrow in the company of Tim Milsom, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.
It looks like it will be a pleasant day, not too hot and just perfect to eat good international food, listen to local musicians and enjoy Western Australia’s only pop up bar BAR POP, which will be setting up near the boardwalk for a perfect view of the sunset while holding a coldie. Bar Pop pours the beer straight from taps on the back of a vintage Chevy, for those of you who like old cars.
BATHERS is on from 5-9 so tell a few out of towners about it!
After last evening’s informative and very long session at the City of Fremantle about the Sunset Events proposal for J Shed, I thought the whole issue is indicative of how Fremantle council does not plan, or does not stick to the plans and policies they decided to implement in the past.
The war cry for activation of the West End of town can be heard loud and clear from Council chambers, but why have all the previous plans for the revitalisation not been implemented and ignored. Now Councillors are just keen for anything to help activate the area, and are likely to sign off on the out of scale and inappropriate for the area pub and outdoor music venue.
The argument from Councillors that nothing is happening around Arthur Head is mainly to blame on the fact that the City for many years ignored to promote our town beach properly. There are no signs from the centre of town to make people aware that only a few hundred metres away is a rather gorgeous little beach. When nearly two million dollars were spent on the Old Port Project, public toilets were not included and the showers were put in the wrong place, and then relocated at considerable cost.
The Pilot’s Cottages along Captain’s Lane have long been neglected by Council and should have been painted and repaired years ago. There is no good way finding signage at Arthur Head, and visitors still don’t know Fremantle has an art precinct there. Signage for that has now been delayed to April, while it was promised to be installed before Christmas. The reason for that is that the experts at CoF are not putting directional signs there but want to include the individual galleries. That’s an expensive idea because some of the galleries will not survive and others will move in, which means a regular demand for new signs. Pretty silly really!
The public open green space at J Shed has been an eyesore. If it wasn’t for J Shed artists watering the grass, bushes and trees, it would resemble even more of arid land.
West End traders talked as early as 2011 about signage to Bathers Beach, or stencils on the footpath, to make tourists aware of that little gem in the inner city, but nothing has been forthcoming.
It comes as no surprise that people at the J Shed meeting last night expressed they had little confidence in Council because they believe Councillors ignore the wishes of the community. When a majority of people express opposition, the City wants us to believe the “silent majority” is actually behind their plans, or try to make it a youth versus aged issue, thus dividing the community unnecessarily.
No one is against the activation of Arthur Head. Not many oppose a small bar, cafe, restaurant, function centre and art gallery at J Shed, but that is dismissed. Those who are against it are being seen as old, negative, anti-progress, etc. Well maybe they are also worried about their investment, because retail values in the West End of Freo will go down considerably if the Sunset Events proposal goes ahead, because the outdoor concerts will not just be 12-15 ticketed events a year, but there will also be music during the week, and that won’t be confined to the inside of the venue if the weather is fine to do it outside. Who wants to live next to a noisy pub in a million dollar plus home?
What the City of Fremantle needs to do is not constantly change and chop and make ad hoc and wrong decisions. The just implemented Alcohol Management Plan can’t be dismissed, unless Councillors want to make laughing-stock of themselves, and neither should the Bathers Beach Art Precinct plans be ignored. The leases even state the lessees have a right to “quiet enjoyment” of their art studios. Yep sure, with a big pub and live music next to them? A new public path wil alsol cut their studios off from foot traffic between Fishing Boat Harbour and Victoria Quay, and that might well mean fewer visitors to the studios and fewer opportunities to make sales.
The Sunset Events proposal is a bad idea, no matter how much money the proponents want to throw at it. It is a bad idea also because the City wants to hide how inadequately they have serviced and looked after the area, by now putting a huge pub in our State’s most significant historic area. Wrong remains wrong, no matter how much money is involved!
The month of October started today and it’s only 24 more days till the start of the annual FREMANTLE FESTIVAL. All the traditional goodies are there with the starting weekend seeing the Blessing of the Fleet and the Seafood Festival on October 27. The next weekend will let us celebrate our Indigenous and coffee culture when the Wardarnji Festival and the Coffee Festival are on November 2 and 3. The last weekend is traditionally the Street Parade and that will be on November 10. There will also be the first Craft Beer&Food Festival on the Esplanade that day, so we might see some inspired people taking part in the parade.
May I also mention how deeply touched I am that the City of Fremantle decided to celebrate my 65th birthday as the start day of this year’s festival on October 25. ; >) What a thoughtful mob those festival officers are.