From the outside, the decades-old Hotel Rose Bay hasn’t changed much. Inside, though, it’s a whole other story.

A model train used to choo-choo above patrons’ heads on an elevated track, and the space was old fashioned. Now the whole place is looking very shmick.

There’s a sports bar, where punters can enjoy their Sunday afternoon footy, and a chic public bar. The design features terrazzo tiling, spotted-gum timber, rose-gold finishes and emerald granite countertops. The ceiling’s been raised and big bi-fold windows now open up to the streets, letting the sea breeze waft in.

The 70-person dining room, called Rose Bay Dining serves modern-Australian with a hint of Asian flavours: one entree is salmon tartare with tomato ponzu and wonton crisp; one main is pork spare ribs with soy and Sriracha mayo. In the pub you’ll find classics such as oysters dressed with eschalot and vinegar, crumbed veal schnitzel and a bacon cheeseburger.

The 15-strong cocktail list references the affluent area’s love affair with luxury yachts, with names such as Nor’Easter, Capsize and Abandon Ship. On tap you’ll get Toohey’s New, Colonial Pale Ale and Hawke’s Lager.

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Updated: February 11th, 2020

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