The team behind Sails on Lavender Bay has recently opened Manly Greenhouse, a multi-storey beachfront bar and restaurant. Greg Anderson and Patricia Nunes have transformed the former Shore Club Hotel to new glory – creating a hub for Manly locals and visitors alike. Taking its name and cues from the free-spirited culture and natural beauty of the coastal suburb, Manly Greenhouse is comprised of three distinct levels; a casual street level bar offering all-day dining, middle level grill restaurant, and rooftop bar.

The Venue

At street level, the venue offers a casual beach side bar and all-day dining. A glass frontage connects diners with street and ocean views while the open floor plan offers close access to the bar, coffee counter and pizza oven. The middle level introduces a brand-new concept for the beach side destination, a refined restaurant where the menu centres around a charcoal grill. Completing the space is an impressive rooftop bar with panoramic ocean views - a light-filled oasis where a central bar is the focal point, situated under a canopy of cascading ferns.

The Design

Greg and Patricia have enlisted award-winning studio Luchetti Krelle (ACME, Banksii) to design the space which accommodates 400 across its three levels. Taking inspiration from greenhouse forms, the steel structures and transparent materials used are offset with abundant greenery. Collaborations with local plant specialists, The Plant Room and illustrator Beci Orpin continue the vision, with verdant, lush plant life and a specially commissioned series of pressed flowers, representing indigenous flora and natives. 

The Team

Hospitality stalwart Craig Hemmings, who most recently led Chin Chin Sydney’s opening team, is overseeing the front of house. Hemming’s CV also cites Quay, Black by Ezard and a decade as restaurant manager of Guillaume at Bennelong. At the helm of the kitchen is Colm Kennedy who has held the title of Executive Chef at Hugo’s Manly for the past five years. Kennedy brings with him significant local knowledge and a passion for bringing new life to the unused beachfront site. 

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