There’s not too much to do in Patonga – but then that’s what makes this pretty Central Coast seaside town so enticing. You can swim, fish, kayak and hang at the pub. That pub used to be called the Patonga Beach Hotel, but from Tuesday November 13 it’ll be known as the Boathouse Hotel Patonga. It has been closed over the winter for maintenance, repairs and an update to its interiors.

It was bought in October 2017 by the Boathouse Group (which also operates Barrenjoey House, Moby Dick’s Whale Beach, Boathouse Palm Beach, Shelly Beach and Balmoral). The acquisition adds to the company’s ever-expanding list of sun-drenched seaside venues.

“We are really happy with the new look and feel,” says Pip Goldsmith, creative director of The Boathouse Group, in a statement. “Overall the venue will be much brighter and lighter and take advantage of the surrounding natural beauty.”

An hour-and-half drive from Sydney, or a 30-minute ferry ride from Palm Beach, it’s light, bright and its nautical theme feels in tune with its location near the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park.

The venue will be open for breakfast and lunch every day, as well as for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday. As you would guess, the menu is big on seafood, taking advantage of its coastal location and local oyster farming industry. There are generous mixed seafood platters and crumbed fish burgers, as well as summery salads. There’s a bar and beer garden where you can choose from 17 different beers, and a takeaway store for a quick fish-and-chips fix.

In the new year guest rooms will also be available upstairs.

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Boathouse Hotel Patonga is slated to open Tuesday November 13.