Rick Stein will add to his Australian footprint with a restaurant at the new Bannisters Port Stephens, set to open late 2018.
The boutique hotel will occupy the beachfront site of the former Salamander Shores at Soldiers Point.
Food offerings will include a pub for casual dining and pizzas as well as a signature restaurant by Stein.
Stein is particularly excited about the local produce the restaurant will use. “The abundance of top-quality seafood is a massive attraction as is the proximity to the Hunter Valley’s wineries,” he says.
“I will be working closely with head chef Mitchell Turner to design a menu featuring local king prawns, yellow fin bream, flathead, calamari and school whiting, not to mention the fabulous oysters.”
Bannisters Port Stephens is scheduled to open late 2018.