By Mandy Nolan. Photos by Donatella Parisini
As a performer I’ve spent a lot of time in the Green Room. There’s a certain mystique in what happens backstage… and the Green Room at the iconic Byron Bay Beach Hotel has been created with that same feeling. You certainly feel like you’re experiencing something very special and uniquely Byron.
The Room that once housed the pokies now offers the best view of the bustling streets of Byron and is now filled with palm trees, dining nooks and cosy couches. But the Green in the Green Room also means something else. The deeper value of what it actually means to be environmentally and socially conscious with everything on the menu sourced locally. The menu shows a true commitment to Byron’s producers and growers and it’s clear that the chef loves fishing! There’s a wonderful selection of locally caught seafood on the menu including line caught Red Emperor with spring vegetables, cauliflower puree and pil pil sauce. I absolutely loved the roasted scallop and the Albacore tuna carpaccio with wasabi custard, and the avocado mousse was to die for!
It’s not just the food that is sourced locally – it’s the alcohol as well; there’s tasting palettes available from Stone and Wood and the Green Room has Jilly’s Natural wines on tap. I’d never heard of them – but they supply kegs of wine – each keg saving 48 glass bottles! And they’re from Clunes. I had their shiraz, it was delicious!
The bar staff are sensational. You get premium service in the Green Room and those boys certainly know their way around a cocktail. I had a Macspresso Martini made from Brookie’s newest release, Mac’s Macadamia Liqueur. We also had a Byron Bay Bramble, made with Brookie’s Dry Gin, Honey’d Chai, Blueberry soda and fresh lemon.
The Green Room is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4pm and it’s absolutely perfect if you want to go off-the-grid with share plates and fabulous cocktails! The Green Room is also available for functions; hosting 80 seated-diners and up to 120 standing. It’s great for cocktail parties or business presentations. Having access to the rest of the pub offers something no other venue in town has, and it certainly contributes to the electric vibe. It’s also a great place to enjoy the music without actually being in the middle of the action.
This year the Green Room are offering a Melbourne Cup Luncheon with a glass of champagne and grazing feast for just $54! The buffet will include roast thyme chicken, poached ocean trout, salmon rye-bites, asparagus parmesan custard truffle, new season potato salad, butter lettuce and seasonal spring vegetable salad, olives and woodfired vegetable dips… tempted yet? There’s a screen in there as well, so you get a very exclusive viewing in a gorgeous setting.
I love the Green Room. It’s the perfect re-imagining of the space – it’s family friendly, it feels exclusive, yet it’s warm and inviting and very inclusive. Everyone is so wonderfully friendly, and as an eco-warrior I just can’t say how much I loved eating and drinking local produce. I even tried my first ever kangaroo, via a kangaroo-tail bourguignon pie and it was… amazing. I’m still hopping.
You can just wander in, but it’s limited seating, so if you’ve got your heart set on going, then you should book ahead. For events email [email protected]
Green Room at the Beach Hotel. 1 Bay St, Byron Bay.
beachhotel.com.au/greenroom. Ph 02 6685 6402