ith a new fit-out, a new menu and some new faces behind the venture, The Rose Hotel in Port Melbourne opens once again as Rose Diner and Bar.
Friends Steed Sherriff (ex The Royal Saxon) and Ashley Cranston (ex Little Creatures Dining Hall) bring Port Melbourne a versatile new venue. With the Diner open daily from midday, the back bar serving drinks and bar food on the weekends and Little Rose open every morning for breakfast, it really is an all-day eatery.
The art deco building has kept is original structure and features, but the new team has given the inside a much-needed makeover. Sherriff and Cranston have transformed the venue, renovating the previously dark interior into a light, open space with green highlights, timber features, small intimate tables and large communal ones.
UK-born chef Stephen Drake (ex The Royal Saxon) is behind the food and has an impressive history. Having trained under Gary Rhodes, Drake’s menu at Rose Diner draws from his roots. It’s the food from your childhood, but executed to a much higher quality, with Drake admitting his love for the Country Women’s Association and drawing inspiration from their nostalgic cooking. This is reflected in menu items like Coronation Chicken vol-au-vents, Mum’s Trifle and Sunday roasts. We recommend the Welsh Rarebit Croquettes with pickled tomato and raisins and the Steak Diane with brandy, mustard and shallot. And if you have any room left, order the Peach Melba.
Drinks feature the Little Creatures range on tap along with other local and boutique beers. Wines are kept local and a few nostalgic cocktails make an appearance.
Sister cafe Little Rose, which launched over the weekend, is open for the breakfast and lunch, with Syndicate Coffee served alongside jaffles, baked eggs and milkshakes.
And the final element to this grand reinvention? Upstairs, Back Bar will have live music on the weekends, focusing on local jazz and folk bands for the bayside crowd.
All in all, a rather rosy affair in the Port.
Rose Diner and Bar
309 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
(03) 9681 8550
Mon- Thu 12pm–late
Fri & Sat 12pm–1am
Fri & Sat 5pm–11pm
Mon- Fri 7am–3pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm