Josh and Julie Niland will be able to add “hotelier” to their resume. The duo behind Saint Peter and the Fish Butchery are taking over the running of the landmark backstreet Paddington pub, The Grand National, which has remained closed for a number of years. The venue is currently undergoing a major renovation.

The Nilands have decided to relocate their acclaimed seafood restaurant, Saint Peter, from Oxford Street to the 1890-built hotel, which is located nearby on the corner of Elizabeth and Underwood streets. The Grand National will also welcome staying guests – it'll have a boutique hotel with 14 rooms.

The new Saint Peter restaurant will be housed in an opulent room accommodating 45 people, who will dine under a skylight ceiling. “Our menu will continue to offer a diverse array of fish species, quality produce and an enthusiasm towards exploring what is possible with a fish,” Josh said in a statement. “Saint Peter will continue to showcase the leading fishers, oyster growers, vegetable growers, winemakers and artisans of Australia.”

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The kitchen will be open, and feature a woodfired grill and fish charcuterie cabinets, and guests will be able to enjoy a pre- and post-meal drink in the bar. People will also be able to experience a more casual bar dining experience, which will have its own menu and serve lunch and dinner. A private dining room for up to 15 guests will also be available.

The pioneering restaurant, Saint Peter, has been on Oxford Street for six years, and underwent a major renovation in 2020 to reflect the eatery’s evolving direction and Josh’s move towards showcasing exceptional quality, sustainably sourced fish and seafood.

Saint Peter Oxford Street will close in early 2023. The Grand National Hotel, at 161 Underwood Street, Paddington, is slated to open in 2023.