Eastern Suburbs landmark venue, The Charing Cross Hotel officially opened in Waverley on Monday 1st December, 2014 following an extensive make over that saw the unveiling of a light filled public bar with a quirky contemporary coastal inspired look and a new dining room – with Chef Matt Kemp heading up the kitchen. To celebrate the hotel’s return to its former glory, The Charing Cross entertained guests with fresh summer cocktails and DJ Kate Monroe on the decks while Chef Matt Kemp (ex-Balzac and Montpellier Eating House) and Chef Steve Scott (Ex – The Warrington and Claridges London) prepared tastes of the contemporary European menu in front of guests, including: CharingCrossMedia_1.12.14-40 Mango & Ginger Caprioskas Roast Ham Carvery with house made Piccalilli “Fish dogs” with wasabi mayo Charcuterie Planks Scallop ceviche with avocado mousse Crab Risotto with leeks and herbs. Mango Margarita Cups CharingCrossMedia_1.12.14-24-e1418183274587 The Charing Cross, originally founded in 1857 by ex-convict William Newland and home to early meetings of the newly formed Waverley Council, was once a premiere hotel in the area has now been returned to its former glory with a cool, polished interior that is inspired by its original art deco features, but with a more contemporary coastal feel that reflects the laid back attitude of the neighbourhood and nearby beaches of Tamarama and Bronte. The decision to take on a venue with such a rich local history was a personal one for owner Warren Livingstone, who says “I have lived around the corner for a decade and as a local I wanted to create something that my family and friends from the neighbourhood could enjoy. I want the hotel to be casual and good value – geared towards people going a couple of times a week rather than for a special occasion.” CharingCrossMedia_1.12.14-3 Stylish interior flourishes include a seven metre long high Chesterfield bench seat in powder blue leather, elegant vintage pendant lighting and soft white polished concrete floors. The airy glass ceiling in the dining room leads the way to a courtyard featuring impressive seven metre high illuminated lettering that were sourced in Paris from the former Concorde Lafayette Hotel sign. CharingCrossMedia_1.12.14-89 The marble topped, corrugated American oak clad bar is a signature of the main bar, an intentional move by Livingstone who says “I love the feeling of the New York Bistro where folks can grab a seat at the bar”. The drink offering focuses on craft beers and natural wines designed to accompany the fresh, light menu. The “Charo” is a local favourite of the team at The Design Hunter and a must visit for anyone who is yet to experience the stunning interiors, delicious food, vibrant crowd and yes that Mango and Ginger Caprioska!!! Visit The Charing Cross Hotel (The Charo), 81 Carrington Road, Waverley, NSW.