Bannisters. An ideal weekend away.

As you may recall we recently made the trip down to Bannisters for a mid week getaway and a trip to the famous Rick Stein restaurant. For those confused (and I’m going to clear it up because I was at first also) Rick Stein at Bannisters is the name of the restaurant at Bannisters, it is co-owned by the famous Rick Stein who is also the Head Chef. The restaurant also functions as the hotel’s breakfast venue, which has resulted in a seriously top notch breakfast offering!

Bannisters is located at the coastal town of Mollymook, about a 3 hour drive south of Sydney. The boutique hotel features 32 unique and well appointed guest rooms from the quaint entry level Ocean Deluxe room to a lavish and expansive room called ‘The Pinnacle’. We spent two nights in a luxury suite with a large balcony overlooking the infinity pool and ocean beyond.


After taking a tour of the hotel’s rooms and facilities it’s clear there’s something for all budgets at Bannisters, there’s also scope for change which I find very appealing. Because all the rooms have different floor plans, each is designed to maximise its own individual space meaning there’s a surprise in each, be it a fireplace, monster tub or double shower. Essentially you could return year on year and have a different experience.


Following our first evening dining at Rick Stein we chose a more casual option and ordered pizzas from the hotel’s poolside cocktail bar. Bannisters has a solid and reasonably priced menu at their poolside bar which is important because whilst the restaurant is excellent, it’ll leave a dent in the wallet two or three nights in a row. Alternatively, Bannisters is also a stones throw away from Milton, a groovy little town with a number of cafes and restaurants.


Bannisters just might be the perfect romantic midweek or weekend away – send your lady friend for a massage, pop down the road for a surf and then head to dinner and sample a menu designed by one of the world’s top connoisseurs of seafood.


Accommodation ranges from $250 to $1475 a night and fluctuates with the seasons. For more information head to the Bannisters website.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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