Monthly Archives: December 2016

A contemporary facelift for the Crows Nest Hotel in Sydney

The Crows Nest Hotel is quintessentially North Shore Sydney. Having been around for the past century, the hotel has recently gone through a much deserved $8m facelift.

While maintaining some of the charm of the old “Crowie”, the hotel has transformed itself into a modern entertainment complex, boasting a restaurant, VIP lounge, craft beer venue and rooftop terrace.

The lower level of the hotel is home to their ‘pub’ and their VIP lounge. The bar area is a homage to the original character of the building, having kept many of the things that gave it such a particular charm in the first place. The lounge area has been created to have a very old-school vibe with the Chesterfield-style couches and low coffee tables.

Alongside these is the ‘One Willoughby’, a boutique and craft beer venue within the Crows Nest Hotel which takes a step into the contemporary world. One Willoughby is lined with booths and makes for a relaxed venue to chat and try local and international beers with friends.

Overall, ornate features of the historical building have been maintained along with a modern, contemporary scheme inside.

The refurbishments of the Crows Nest Hotel haven’t gone unnoticed with the Hotel winning the Best New/Redeveloped Hotel award at the 2016 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.

Winners of other categories are well-reputed restaurants around the state so to be included amongst these is great recognition of the work completed for the hotel.

A widely-accepted truth for Australians is that you can always get your hands on an ice cold beer no matter what pub you go to. To stray from this would severely damage a pub’s reputation. It was important for the Crows Nest Hotel to ensure that all beverages sold were the perfect temperature. It is because of this expectation that they turned to the reliability of SKOPE’s commercial fridges.

To complement the look and feel of the different areas within the hotel, the owners AHL Group, have installed a range of SKOPE fridges including underbench prep and storage fridges for the busy kitchen and SKOPE backbar fridges for the bar areas.  The sleek look of the SKOPE backbars have aligned well with the back-lit marble bar and dark wood tables.

Maintaining consistent refrigeration temperatures in a busy kitchen or bar is a vital factor for any restaurant or bar owner. Not only for maintaining food freshness but to ensure the customer always receives a perfectly chilled beverage. SKOPE fridges are reliable and able to work in hotter and more humid conditions such as a busy kitchen or bar commented SKOPE regional sales manager New South Wales, Peter Bennett.

Chilled but not Shaken – dining in style at COMO The Treasury, Perth

The recently opened COMO The Treasury hotel in Perth Western Australia, located inside the painstakingly restored 19th-century former State Buildings (Treasury, Post Office, Land & Titles), is a spectacular testament to the patience and dedication of its architect, developers and project managers Caterlink who have restored and re-opened a complex that was unused for the last 20 years.

The property was recently awarded publisher Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice for Best Hotel of the Year (Australia and New Zealand) award and the accolade is well deserved.

Brainchild of Perth developer Adrian Fini and Perth-born architect Kerry Hill, the hotel oozes history and charm – from the warm brick facade, elaborate cornices and slate roof tiles to the contemporary whites, beiges and blonde woods of its interiors, all striking against the original jarrah flooring and scattered shadows of the past: steel vault doors, ornate fireplaces, an old boot encased in glass.

No attention to detail has been spared in the creation of the sophisticated 48 bedroom hotel with restaurants Post (in the former Post Office), fine dining restaurant Wildflower, the Treasury Lounge and Bar and the Halford Basement Bar.

Designed to be understated yet something very special, the hotel has plenty of “wow” features. The 20-metre pool on the third floor is surrounded by louvred-glass walls, creating an impressive indoor-outdoor effect. The original concrete staircase in the Titles building cuts a swathe through the hotel’s east wing, with a bronzed stainless-steel cage running up through the centre.

The spacious nature of the original buildings means there is plenty of room for “ease” in this complex, by comparison with the usual hotel world of long corridors with identical rooms, optimised for the maximum number of beds.

The discernment and quality of the design, fittings and materials used in this restoration are also reflected in the selection of SKOPE equipment throughout kitchens and bars of the entire complex.

 

Among the SKOPE equipment fitted into the kitchens and bars are Irinox blast chillers, SKOPE backbars, wine chillers, gastronorm under-counter chillers, upright freezers and more.

“This was a significant installation for the SKOPE team and we were proud to work with our distributor Caterlink providing quality products for a project of this nature,” commented SKOPE regional sales manager, Western Australia and South Australia, Jason Cook.