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The Iconic Beach Hotel in Byron Bay Opens ‘Green Room’ A New Bar and Dining Room Replacing The Pokies

December 21, 2018 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

Australian hotelier, John van Haandel announces the launch of Green Room, a bar and dining room with a distinct nod to Byron Bay’s unique ecosystem and environment designed by architect Kelvin Ho, at the renowned Beach Hotel.

In a progressive move to enhance the local Byron Bay community and its hospitality offering, van Haandel’s famed Beach Hotel has made an impactful statement by removing their historically profitable poker-machines in favour of a locally inspired Green Room environment and dining room with a menu curated by Food Director, David Moyle.

Green Room has been redesigned by hospitality architect, Kelvin Ho of Akin Atelier, to create a relaxed yet sophisticated interiors featuring minted green stucco-rendered walls, native Australian recycled timbers and exposed red brick walls — echoing the native surrounds and heritage of the landmark hotel. Ho says of the space, “This is a contemporary space whereby the community feels immediately comfortable.”

The name Green Room is derived from the hotel’s entirely eco-friendly and sustainable design, practices and overall philosophy. Both, Green Room and Beach Hotel proudly divert 90% of the venues waste from becoming landfill.

In keeping with the hotel’s strong live music heritage, Green Room also references the countless musicians and live acts the hotel has fostered over its 25 year history, as well as the barrel of a Byron Bay wave and the cascading foliage that surrounds each guest.

Owner, John van Haandel says, “We’re proud of Green Room — a smart, inclusive and relaxed food and beverage space for locals an visitors with a conscious affiliation to sustainable practices. This is a new era for the Beachy!”

Designed to share, Food Director David Moyle has curated a cleverly simple menu that utilises locally sourced produce, seafood, poultry and meats supporting Byron’s local farmers and growers. Shane Morritt, Beach Hotel Kitchen Manager, recommends the freshly shucked oysters from the region with finger lime dressing; the rye bites (three serves with an assortment of toppings) are simple and flavoursome as well as the local Burrata and Cooper Shoot tomato salad.

Green Room’s perfectly curated drinks menu comprises of natural and organic wines by Jilly Wines (on tap) produced in nearby Clunes, New South Wales, and a range of cleverly crafted cocktails, which use locally sourced spirits including the award-winning Cape Byron gin label, Brookie’s

Green Room at the Beach Hotel is open seven days from 3:00pm until late.

Beach Hotel is open every day from 8am. The mood of the hotel changes throughout the day to accommodate the changing needs of guests. From excellent coffee and breakfasts to after-surf pub lunches, family dinners, cocktails with friends or private holiday accommodation (25 rooms) and now Green Room, all are catered for – and just metres from Byron’s iconic shoreline.


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