Newcastle Living Magazine
Located at The Beach Hotel in Newcastle’s sunny seaside haven, Larrie’s serves up modern twists on Aussie beach staples. Situated on Merewether beach’s doorstep, the retro-Aussie milk bar inspired takeaway shop offers a fresh take on mouthwatering old-school classics, cold beverages and a prime coastal backdrop.
Owner, Glenn Piper, who acquired The Beach Hotel in May 2022, grew up visiting relatives in Merewether numerous times. Glenn wanted to create a venue where he would have loved to refuel post-surf himself. “It’s an honour to swing open the doors of the first venue of what’s set to be the first chapter in a new era for The Beach Hotel. The pub is a place where the community has gathered for generations and we hope that Larrie’s provides them with a reassurance of what’s to come. A nod to the old with a touch of the new – filled with good mates, great food, cold beer and a cracking view of the waves.” Aptly named after ‘Larrikin,’ a happy-go-lucky, playful and mischievous character, Larrie’s invites locals and visitors alike to stroll in barefoot for nostalgic eats, cold beverages and a groovy atmosphere that pays tribute to the town’s surfing history.
“The pub is a place where the community has gathered for generations and we hope that Larrie’s provides them with a reassurance of what’s to come.”
Using local produce and sustainably-caught seafood, you’ll find everything from traditional Fish & Chips on the menu, to more surprising items – like Larrie’s Barra Wings or Prawn Sandwich, not to forget their fresh take on Chiko Rolls – talk about nostalgia! Vintage-style The Gaytime sundae with swirls of vanilla and caramel soft serve guarantees to satisfy any sweet tooth looking to cool off after a day at the beach.
To pair with the local produce, fridges are too filled with the best local brews. You’ll find Newcastle local legends Modus, Foghorn and Steel City beers on rotation, plus a carefully curated wine list making the most of the nearby Hunter Valley’s lineup – Tyrrell’s Wines, Usher Tinkler and Vinden Wine to mention a few. Passiona, creaming soda and other non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
If it isn’t the smell of fresh seafood that pulls you in, local architects who collaborated on this design, EJE Interiors, will make sure your attention will be captured by this eye-catching retro space, oozing of ‘endless summer’ energy. The fit out includes a custom surfboard rack for patrons to leave their boards in, and vintage photographs are also printed on the fixed tables– one in particular with a photo of the archetypal larrikin, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
Piper’s vision for The Beach Hotel is to continue to be intrinsically linked to its history, with a strong community-focus and connection to surf culture, helping to support local businesses and reinvigorate the area.
“… filled with good mates, great food, cold beer and a cracking view of the waves.”