Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A quick trip to Sydney, Wine Odyssey and the Beauchamp Hotel

You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here, and if so, you would be correct.  I was away for three days last week in Sydney, so did not have much time for looking after my blog.

My hotel was situated in The Rocks, Sydney, and the view from my hotel room window, featured at the top of this post, was of the Fort St Public School and the Sydney Observatory.  You can also probably guess that this is not the type of hotel I could afford to stay in if I was footing the bill. 

On Friday and Saturday, I met some great people at a conference, and learned some new things.  However, all work and no play makes me a dull girl, and I was there with my friend E, so we decided to do some exploring.

On Saturday afternoon, during a break in proceedings, we visited Wine Odyssey, a food and wine bar near The Rocks markets and not far from my hotel.  Wine Odyssey has a lovely, cosy, fireside chat atmosphere, and to get you in the mood, plays French music in the background.  They have over 60 wines on their list, which was all too bamboozling for me, so I ordered the same as E - a Moppity Wines Estate Cab Sav, a full bodied, deep dark red:

We then went for a stroll around The Rocks Weekend Markets, at which I bought some delightful dried fruit and walnut rolls.  The markets feature arts, crafts, fashion and food, and they are set in and about some great cafes and shops. At the markets, I also spied a lovely pale blue floral sundress in this style, handmade by Poise Fashion, which I snuck back to buy the next day.

On Sunday, E and I  seized the sunny, bright day and walked from The Rocks to Paddington and back.  Some of the sites that we saw included this lovely old chapel from Lachlan Macquarie's time:

and its steeple:

Centrepoint Tower:

Fountain in Hyde Park:

and went shopping in Paddington, where I scored the Orla blouse from Rodeo Show that I had wanted for ages at half price.

We then turned around to head back to the hotel.  As it was lunchtime, we looked for a likely place to grab a bite, and stumbled upon the Beauchamp Hotel (pronounced "Beecham" like Harry Beauchamp in My Brilliant Career) in Darlinghurst:

The pub was bright yet cool, with a wide and reasonably priced bar menu.  Crucially for E, they had some great vegetarian meals on the menu.  E ordered a vege wrap, while I ordered the chicken and leek casserole pie with mashed potatoes: 

The mash in particular was superb, and the puff pastry lid was giddily high, light and crispy.

We plonked down on the couches pictured in the photo and enjoyed our meals with a glass of red each - E an organic red, me with a Six by Six Pinot Noir.  

Feeling relaxed and happy, we opted to have another drink, but E also wanted a cigarette.  By chance, when she went to the bar to ask about smoking facilities (as NSW pubs have strict non-smoking  laws), she struck up a conversation with a guy at the bar called Matt and offered him a cigarette too.  Matt came up with us to the smoking area on the outdoor balcony, and turned out to be a great conversationalist.  He told us he was a voice artist, and subsequent research showed he was the well known voice artist, Matt Thomas.  Matt is the loveliest guy ever, so do believe the testimonials on
his website, and consider him if you ever need a voice artist! 

By that stage, it was time for a quick dash through the City and back to The Rocks, then on to the Qantas Club and home.  It was a lovely weekend, which I hoped would never end, but alas, this too shall pass.  Oh well, it's a good excuse to go back to Sydney soon.

Wine Odyssey Australia
39-43 Argyle St
The Rocks NSW
Phone: 1300 136 498

The Beauchamp Hotel
Corner of Oxford & South Dowling Sts
Three Saints Square
Darlinghurst NSW
Phone: +61 2 9331 2575


Kayte said...

Wow, is that a room with a view!! Lovely. Fun to tour around with your photos. I just love these posts. That leek pie look so delicious!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fabulous weekend, and all the better if someone else is paying for the hotel!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I wish I could take a quick trip to Sydney :)

Elaine said...

I enjoy going to conferences so much because you get to do some sightseeing afterwards and it is always nice when you don't have to pay for your accommodations. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time and what a score on that blouse! It is so pretty. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of your trip.

Unknown said...

I love going on little adventures like these, it's a great excuse for me to release my inner piggy :). I'd love to go to Sydney one day!
*kisses* HH

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'm so glad that you had a great time when you were in Sydney! I love reading about Sydney through other people's eyes :)

Lauren Hairston said...

Cute sundress and blouse! The Beauchamp Hotel pub looks adorable. Sounds like a lovely trip.

Matt Thomas said...

There I was looking at some of the link sites to my website in the hosting stats and up came your blog. I was a bit perplexed but as soon as I saw 'The Beachamp' hotel I remembered. It was lovely chatting with you gals too. And thanks for the good company as well as the ciggies. Much love and thanks for the plug. Matt 'The Voice' in Sydney.