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We are celebrating the most refreshing beverage of the season – cider! Come down to Watsons Bay and experience our brand new cider bar stocked full of crisp and fresh varieties. We are now offering Somersby Buckets, perfect for sharing on a warm afternoon with 4 for $30 or 6 for $40. Our mixologist Mikey has proudly created our very own cider cocktail “Orchard Rose” – a secret concoction of James Squire Orchard Crush, gin and fresh juice to create a tantalising mix that screams summer!

Our new cider menu includes some old favourites, as well as new kids on the block. Whatever your preference, we strong suggest you work your way through the menu. Be sure to ask our friendly staff for recommendations and food pairings.

Orchard Crush Cider Cocktail available as a cocktail or sharing carafe
Sippin’ on gin and juice…with James Squire Orchard Crush Cider
A tantalising mix that screams summer!

Crafty Cider
James Squire Orchard Crush
Pipsqueak Cider
Bilpin Cider
Somersby Cider
Monteiths Cider

Big Mama Bottles 500ml
Kirin Cider
Thatchers Cider
Rekorderlig Cider

What’s Your Flavour? 500ml
Kirin Fuji Flavoured Cider
Rekorderlig Flavoured Cider

6 Tips for Christmas Entertaining

 

By John Pye – Executive Chef

1. Keep It Simple

Great flavours will always be great flavours. Just because there’s a special occasion doesn’t mean you need to throw every herb, spice and condiment into a pan and create a special suace or puree. Remember to keep it simple and combine flavours that bring the best out of your dish

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2. F is for Fresh!

Christmas lunch only happens once a year. As much as hitting the over-crowded seafood markets and shops can cause anxiety, blisters and an awkward sweaty lip, it’s worth investing a few hours of torture and purchasing some great fresh produce. it really does make a difference and your guests will appreciate your efforts.

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3. Pick a Concept & Nail It

Hot meats and veggies, cold meats and salads, seafood with fairy bread…whatever you choose to go with, commit to it and pay attention to the smaller details. It shows you’ve thought it through and want to put on a show.

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4. Styling is Everything

…and I’m not talking about popping green and red alternate napkins one the place settings. Think about who you’re catering for and really make it special. At Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel we create and style each event to attract who we’re entertaining – it’s part of the experience and shouldn’t be forgotten.

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5. Four Course Rule

Again, don’t over complicate your meal. Four courses are more than enough – we stick to this concept for any of our events. Canapes on arrival, starter, main and dessert…don’t over-do it. You want your guests to enjoy each course, not feel stuffed to the brim.

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6. Drink It Up

You don’t need to be a sommelier to know that some beverages match better with some foods and flavours. Google it! Read the tasting notes on the back of the labels. Research and show your guests you’ve covered all bases and are doing everything you can to create a wonderful experience.

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The Bay Brunch

Introducing The Bay Brunch – a NYC brasserie style, all-you-can-eat brunch buffet in Beach Club.

Indulge in a bountiful spread of seasonal delights, experiential feasting stations and refreshing beverage bars. You’re invited to feast upon an extensive brunch menu created by Executive Chef John Pye. Some of our specialties on offer include Belgian waffles with crispy bacon & maple syrup, spicy Mexi-style eggs served with warm tortillas & fresh salsas, hand carved glazed Kurobuta ham & cranberry sauce sliders and banana flapjack pancakes with salted caramel sauce & chantilly cream.

The Bay Brunch costs $75 per person and includes four beverage coupons to use on your choice of home made watermelon lemonade, fresh mimosas, bubbles or at our Bloody Mary bar. Upgrade to a four hour beverage pack of house drinks from 9am – 12pm for $100 per person.

Look out for The Bay Brunch at our upcoming events including Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day and two 2015 dates to be announced soon as part of the NSW Food and Wine Festival.

RSVP is essential. To make a booking for you and your crew, call us on (02) 9337 5444. We’re social - follow us for all the up-to-date details!

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Carols by the Bay

We’re kicking off the silly season with a festive community celebration of sing-along carols down on Watsons Bay Beach. This year, Carols by the Bay is proudly supported by Woollahra Council and will take place on Wednesday 26th November from 4pm. We’ll be treated to performances by the local Vaucluse Public School, with choir groups, dance groups and even the school rock band performing, what we like to think of as a modern-day carol – “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Also joining us are the Royal Australian Navy Rock Band from the local HMAS Watson performing a line-up of much loved sing-along Christmas carols. Last but not least, is up-and-coming artist Romy who’s soulful voice will close the evening as the sun sets over the harbour.

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Rumour has it that Santa may be swapping his name to “Sandy Clause” and trading his sleigh in for a speed boat, to pay a visit to the Bay and join in on the carols! Let’s hope he has plenty of candy canes in tow! Once carols has concluded, guests will be invited into Beach Club where the celebration continues! There’ll be a home-made lemonade stand where all proceeds will be donated back to Vaucluse Public School. We’ll be serving Kids Meal Boxes for $10 with 50%  of proceeds donated to Vaucluse Public School and Gelatissimo will also have their Gelato cart stocked full of fresh gelato. Choose from 8 delicious flavours including salted caramel + chocolate (yum!) for $4 a scoop with 50% of proceeds also donated to Vaucluse Public School!

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Fashions on the Bay

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is gearing up for our most opulent Melbourne Cup event yet! The team have been playing dress ups all over Sydney and are looking forward to bringing some glitz and glamour to the guests of our deluxe luncheon – particularly the winners of our Fashions on the Bay, who will receive a range of coveted gifts from our sponsors.

We would like to extend a large thank you to our stylish equine partners; Moet & Chandon, Moss & Spy, Philadelphia Philpot Couture Millinery, Camilla and Gez Flower Hippie Crowns whose designs will be showcased throughout the event.

Moss & Spy

Moss & Spy are an Australian brand with a striking feminine appeal. The dynamic mix of fabrics in each collection favours floral prints and lace combined with elegant embellishments to achieve a perfect balance of strong, sensuous and elegant allure that is the perfect combination for a races soiree.

The brand invokes a French expression- “Je suis bien dans ma peau” which literally means “I feel good in my skin”- to express the epitome of style, which is; being confident and feeling comfortable with who you are and what you wear.

Moss & Spy, 108 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW

www.mossandspy.com.au

 

Philadelphia Philpot

Australian based milliner Wendi Nutt individually designs her headpieces using traditional millinery techniques, and unusual vintage materials she has collected over the years. Not a drop of glue is used, and each piece is hand stitched. Wendi’s pieces are a delight to behold and imbue the wearer with confidence as they wear a true piece of unique, bespoke art.

I have never repeated a design in over 23 yearsI have enough imagination to last me a lifetime, so I am not influenced by overseas designers and have no need to copy the designs of others.”

Philadelphia Philpot Couture Millinery, 1/17A The Avenue, Petersham NSW

www.philadelphiaphilpot.com

 

Camilla

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”

Camilla is a celebrated Australian designer and artist who launched her namesake brand 10 years ago. Camilla represents the strong, the free spirited, the adventurous and the colourful. Free-flowing shapes translate seamlessly into weightless silk pieces. Colour, strength, passion and beauty.

Camilla, 132a Warners Avenue, Bondi Beach NSW
www.camilla.com.au

 

Ever So In Love

“My crowns are made with real, fresh flowers – easy to wear, hippie style – that all the girls love at the moment!”

No flower crown is the same, all are unique. Gez tailors colours and textures to suit personal style, as will be seen on Melbourne Cup day.

For enquiries, contact Gez on geraldinepage@live.co.uk

 

Watsons Bay’s first ever Slider Night!

Tonight we’re launching Watsons Bay’s first ever slider night as part of our new Watsons Weeklies specials! Every Wednesday night, enjoy 3 juicy sliders for $15 from 5pm. Choose from three delectable flavours created by Executive Chef John Pye – Korean fried chilli chicken with kim chee, veal burger with chorizo and chipotle aioli or pork belly with black vinegar caramel and apple slaw. Bring down the whole family or a group of friends so you can taste test all three!

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Cup Day at the Bay

Celebrate Melbourne Cup in Sydney style, on the beach of course! Put on your best threads and come beach front for the race that stops the nation. With two menu options including a luxe Grand Feast or a casual Beach Buffet, we have options for every budget. You can catch all the race day action with more than 10 large screens as well as an on-site TAB and sweepstakes. Enjoy live performance from The Silver Lining plus DJ Andi Matters. Be sure to glam up as there will be fashions on the field prizes sponsored by Moët & Chandon.

Spaces are very limited and will be snapped up fast so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Intimate discussion with Lisa Gowing + Steven Khalil

Last Sunday at our annual Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones, we had the pleasure of interviewing two leading Australian bridal designers – the much loved Lisa Gowing and hugely talented Steven Khalil. Our brides-to-be were treated to an intimate discussion with the designers, with the session opened up to the audience for questions. Below, we share with you some interview highlights:

Can you share with us how your design process works?

LG: Whether made to order or ready to wear, my process is very involved. The process can start with any type of inspiration and the collection builds from there. My previous collection ‘Legacy’ drew from my last 17 years of experience of having my own line and incorporated all key themes that people know of Lisa Gowing – feminine, soft, delicate silhouettes using French lace and luxurious silks.

SK: My couture gowns are extremely involved with a lot of detail and require months of work. Most women have a silhouette in mind, but we help them create their vision in a perfect dress. My ready-to-wear dresses possess all the qualities of the couture gown, but it’s a simplified version.

What are your top tips for brides when searching for the perfect wedding dress?

LG: Most brides know what suits their body type, however they have never tried on a wedding gown before. They don’t realise the full extent of silhouettes that are available. Take advantage of trained bridal stylists and try styles you wouldn’t normally try as you could surprise yourself.

SK: Only ever take your most elite friends and family as everyone has a different opinion. Be comfortable in your own decisions.

How far in advance do you suggest shopping for a gown?

LG: 20 years ago the average was 12 months. Now we’re lucky and you can give as little as 4 months notice. Just keep in mind if you don’t give 6 months, you won’t get the full choice of the Lisa Gowing collection. If time is not on your side though, the ready-to-wear range at David Jones means you can walk in and leave with a gown today!

SK: I would suggest 10 months so you can look around and do some research first.

How long does it take from start to finish to complete one of your gowns?

LG: My gowns are 6 months made to order. The gorgeous French lace that Lisa Gowing is famous for can take 3-7 months to ship from France.

SK: Steven Khalil generally needs 7 months for a couture gown. To purchase beautiful gowns from David Jones it’s a 4 month lead time.

How many fittings does a bride need?

LG: My gowns are designed to require as little alteration as possible. A customer gown may require 2 fittings, but the ready-to-wear comes to you finished and can be altered at David Jones with their expert alterations staff.

SK: For couture gowns we require 5 fittings – the process is very involved and we require time for the intricate detail. The ready-to-wear can be just one fitting for minor adjustments as they purchase the gown in your size.

Are there any new styles or shapes that are particularly on trend this season that our brides-to-be should consider?

LG: Bridal is not overly trend driven like fashion, but in 2015 you’ll see softer silhouettes, matte finishes, feminine, vintage inspired, layered tulle and lace sleeves.

SK: We’re starting to see fuller ball gowns, the fish tail and trumpet shape – all are worth a try.

Are there certain designs you suggest to women depending on their body shape?

LG: What brides often don’t realise is that a wedding dress has so much more fit and cut and process than a normal dress – you can pull something off that you would not usually wear because it is so much more flattering and has been cut really well. Bridal stylists are trained to know what suits each individual body type so listen to their advice.

SK: Definitely try a range of different styles, although I do suggest sticking to your personal style to some extent, so your wedding reflects you.

 

Win at Night Noodle Markets

In celebration of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month and our involvement with Night Noodle Markets, we’re giving away some fantastic prizes from Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, The Morrison, Daniel San and drinks on us at Night Noodle Markets! Come and visit our friends at The Morrison bar area at Night Noodle Markets where you can enter for your chance to win some amazing accommodation packages, lunch and dinner prizes and Melbourne Cup feasts up for grabs.

The Night Noodle Markets is the landmark Good Food Month event and has been since its inception in 1998. In 2013 over 200,000 guests went to Hyde Park to soak up the authentic Asian hawker market atmosphere, and this year will be bigger and better than ever! New to this year’s line up is The Sunday Sessions where you can indulge in dumplings and drinks (and all your other dishes of choice) on a Sunday for the first time ever!

View the full Competition T&Cs

Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park Sydney, October 10th – 26th:

Monday – Tuesday: 5pm – 9pm

Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm

Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 11pm

Saturday 4pm – 10pm

Sunday 4pm – 9pm

Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones

We invite you to join us for an afternoon of bridal inspiration this Sunday 12th October at our annual Bridal Showcase in partnership with David Jones. Enjoy a glass of Moet on arrival and nibbles from our antipasto experience station, whilst drawing inspiration for your special day from interactive workshops with industry leading bridal suppliers and Q&A sessions with highly esteemed designers Steven Khalil + Lisa Gowing. Exquisite gowns from designers of David Jones Bridal Boutique will be presented for potential brides to view up-close. The Bridal Showcase is designed to provide an afternoon of wedding immersion, with full circle offering across food, beverage, cakes, beauty, florals, stationery, styling, photography, entertainment, and transport. The affair presents the perfect opportunity to draw inspiration for your special day, all the while soaking up the ambiance of an award winning boutique bridal venue. Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

A Little Character – wedding ceremony in Robertson Park (adjacent to hotel)
David Jones – bridal gowns and Bridal Boutique service
D&d Letterpress – stationery
Laduree – macaron dessert station (samples)
La Prairie – beauty and hand massages (workshop)
Lucky You Cleanse – detox cold pressed juices (samples)
Oak & Linden – event styling and florals
Milque Photography & Films – wedding photography & videography
Moet & Chandon – champagne experience station (glass of Moet on arrival)
Roll up in a Rolls – bridal transport (vehicle display)
Social Playground – interactive photo booth
Sofi Spritz – wine spritzers (samples)
Sweet Art – cakes (samples)
Sydney Bride Magazine – gift bags and lucky door prize (gift bag for every bride-to-be)
The Spraytan Salon – spray tan experts (workshop)
The Wedding Nest – gift registry
The White Tree – videography, photography and entertainment
Vida Glow – beauty and skin treatments (samples)
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Honeymoon Suite viewing and nibbles from antipasto experience station
Wedded Wonderland – bridal supplier directory
Wild Blossom – florals
Written By Hand – stationery and calligraphy