Stay toasty at these Gold Coast restaurants with fireplaces
It’s been unseasonably chilly here on the Gold Coast. Okay, we know what you’re thinking – of course it has, it’s winter. And while you are indeed right, this season’s start has been particularly frosty. While it might be pretty tempting to hibernate and binge-watch Netflix until the warmth returns, you’d be missing out on one of winter’s true joys – drinking wine by the fire. So it is without further ado, we’ve round-up some of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants with crackling fireplaces …
Miss Moneypenny’s, Broadbeach: Hidden beneath the luxe Avani hotel, the Gold Coast iteration of popular Noosa dining spot Miss Moneypenny’s is a true stunner. Centred around a striking fireplace, guests are enveloped by the literal warmth emanating from the glowing flames as well as metaphorically courtesy of the natural timber and hues of grey, navy and terracotta. A winter dining experience worth braving the outdoors for.
Panchos, Mudgeeraba: When Lachlan Cuskelly and Madeleine Norton took the reins of the long-standing Mexican institution, they wasted no time in removing and sorting 30-plus years of paraphernalia that adorned every square cm of wall (and ceiling) space to give the place a much-needed spruce. Thankfully for our frozen mitts, the roaring fireplace in the bar area was one hallmark that remained. Sangria by the fire? Don’t mind if we do.
Robina Pavilion, Robina: This suburban saviour has the antidote to winter chills with the return of its much-loved Lakeside fire pits. From Friday June 10 until Saturday July 30, Robina Pav is luring you out of hibernation with the promise of antipasto platters, s’mores and cocktails by the crackling fire. Sunset sessions start from 2:30 pm, or enjoy a night under the stars with evening bookings running until 10:00 pm. Each fire up to 10 people, so go ahead and rally your pit crew. Bookings are now open at Robina Pavilion.
The Fireplace, The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort: It’s all in the name – The Fireplace specialises in sensationally cooked woodfire cuisine. Executive chef Hamish Watt has worked alongside head chef Randy Tablan to curate a menu that boasts a bounty of locally sourced dishes seasoned with homegrown herbs. For the true culinary experience, treat yourself to the six-course degustation, bursting with culinary delights like Moreton Bay bugs, smoked ricotta, braised short ribs and a caramel and dark chocolate mousse. Afterwards, retire to the Verandah Restaurant and Bar and sample one of its 50-plus whiskies.
Woodchoppers Inn BBQ, Smoke & Grill, Mudgeeraba: If barbecue bites and moonshine by the fire sound like your kind of vibe, add Woodchoppers Inn to your must-visit list. Nestled in the heart of Mudgeeraba village, this institution has been serving up hearty country fare since the 90s. As soon as you enter the old-school, pub-style eatery, you are welcomed with friendly hospitality and a relaxed vibe. Follow the sound of spirited laughter and you’ll stumble upon the bar area, which is coincidentally where you’ll find the fire. Just be sure to check out Against the Grain Distillery for a sip before you leave!The Rooftop Lodge at Cali Beach, Surfers Paradise: We don’t wish to alarm you but this winter there’s a forecast for snow on the Gold Coast. On Friday June 24, Cali Beach will transform into a winter wonderland to become The Rooftop Lodge – an après ski-inspired pop-up bringing more than 60 snow-topped trees, fire pits and faux snow. Saké Sisters restaurant will become the Après Ski Lodge, The Cali Shop is turning into the Chalet Bar and an impressive dome Igloo Bar (the size of a tennis court!) has been craned in, complete with a toboggan-slide entry. Cali Beach’s VIP cabanas have been converted into luxury alpine lodges, decked out with fire pits and cosy furnishings, and between the pine trees you’ll discover two functioning hot tubs, pop-up games (such as ice-hockey competitions) and snow-themed surprises. To book, ski over to Cali Beach’s website.
D’Arcy Arms, Surfers Paradise: As one of the Gold Coast’s original Irish pubs, it seems only fitting that D’Arcy Arms also boasts a sensational open fireplace to kick back with a pint of Guinness. Every year, the iconic venue holds its annual lighting of the fire in June ahead of its spectacular month-long Christmas in July celebrations. It’s the most wonderful time of year, after all.
Garden Kitchen & Bar, Broadbeach: Sipping sundowners on The Lawn has to be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a sunny afternoon, but as the sun sinks, it can get a little chilly. Rather than retreat inside, rally your crew and huddle around one of the crackling fire pits that are dotted across The Lawn. Be warned though, the fire pits must be pre-booked and have been known to be a pretty hot commodity. See what we did there?
Potager, Carool: Nestled amongst rolling green hills and fertile farmland about 20-minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport, Potager is perched on a small 10-acre farm in the beautiful setting of Carool. The venue has a cosy farmhouse vibe and operates on a paddock-to-plate philosophy using locally sourced produce, organic and grown on the premises where possible. Settle in for a long lunch on the deck and soak in the view of the fruit trees lining the lawn or seek sanctuary inside in the dining room next to the internal fireplace. If you fancy long lunches that roll effortlessly into early evening or dinners with a difference, take a trip to Potager at Carool.
The Wine Barrel, Mudgeeraba: The Wine Barrel is a family-owned and operated hidden gem that brings exceptional food and wine to the quaint Mudgeeraba village. The suburb’s history as an original logging town inspired the rustic decor, with recycled-timber materials including old railway sleepers, 25-year-old oak wine barrels and an entire wall of logs creating a truly warm and welcoming space. Oh, did we mention there was a fireplace to take the brisk chill off?Tweed River House, Murwillumbah: Wintertime dining at Tweed River House will leave your senses warmly satiated. Dine in supreme comfort on the terrace and soak in the sweeping hinterland and river views that capture the glorious afternoon sun, or head inside to savour the dining room with its open fireplace, chandeliers, and pressed metal ceilings. Tweed River House’s winter menu recreates the great nouvelle cuisine classics of the provinces of France – think slow-braised Bungalora pork with crisp crackling, confit-rabbit croquette and free-range Elgin Valley chicken breast. Every plate is a culinary experience showcasing different preparations of a star ingredient, infused with touches of native Australian flora and the outstanding produce the tweed caldera has to offer. Ready to dine? Book here.
Image credit: Miss Moneypenny’s, supplied
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