Always summer at Loft Byron Bay

Loft Byron Bay chef Craig McFarland.

You can’t help feeling like it’s always summer at Loft Byron Bay, with Main Beach glinting in the distance, Loft always feels warm and breezy – even in winter.

With the contemporary Australian, all-day casual menu and dining, the share style food and the amazing new desserts, are great for couples, up to large groups, and anything in between.

The menu includes everything from Sydney rock oysters through to fried school prawns, the Loft cheeseburger and fish and chips, as well as charcuterie, cheese and mixed deli boards. There are also delicious medium and large dishes, including chicken Katsu sliders, Korean chilli tofu, roast duck breast, snapper, rump cap and a 500g Sirloin steak, then onto delectable desserts, including a magnificent brie cheesecake.

Loft has plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian meals available, and even something for the vegans with scrumptious fries, tempura eggplant with miso ranch, and a salt-baked sweet potato salad.

Byron has always been home for Loft’s new chef Craig McFarland. He did travel South in his early years where he worked o work at Sydney’s Bistro Moncur and with Neil Perry, however, locals would have tasted McFarland’s fare at St Elmo’s up until 2017, before he travelled internationally to broaden his talents.

So many great options on the Loft Byron Bay menu.

‘I was keen to come home for a lifestyle change,’ says Craig. ‘After working in a number of amazing restaurants with varying cuisines, I decided it was time to come home, closer to my family and the beach’.

Spanish cuisine is Craig’s speciality, but he has a keen interest in all Asian cuisines. Most recently having returned from a snowboarding stint in Hakuba, – Craig has some exciting Japanese and other Asian flavours to add to the new Loft menu.

McFarland’s signature dish is bone marrow. ‘I have tried this in a number of my previous venues, and it has been a hit. It’s something that people may not commonly see, but when they try it, they are blown away.’

Now that he’s home in Byron, Loft is the perfect place for Craig to be. ‘It is a beautiful location set above Jonson Street with the most amazing ocean views – I secretly wish the kitchen was on our terrace. The team here has been welcoming, and we have had fun working together to get reopen and get ready with our brand-new menu.’

Loft is really excited to announce that they now have a private dining room which that caters for groups, up to 30 seated, for any and all occasions and celebrations. 

Loft Byron Bay is upstairs at 4 Jonson Street, and is open from 4pm until late, seven7 days a week. Loft will be reopening for their lunches from September 7.

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2 responses to “Always summer at Loft Byron Bay”

  1. BornxRaised says:

    Must be school holidays again, here comes the paid for advertising articles in the Echo. For the purposes of transparency you should really add who pays for the article. The Loft seems to be a favourite, I’m starting to think someone at the Echo has a financial interest in it.

    • Simon Haslam says:

      Every week for the 25 years I’ve worked at this paper we’ve written a piece about a local restaurant, sometimes 4-5 such lifestyle or food-related articles per week in this section. A lot of those restaurants etc advertise with The Echo, naturally. That’s a good thing, as without that we wouldn’t have a paper at all. We don’t get paid to write those articles, and we don’t have a financial interest in any of our advertisers, including Loft. We do have a news section, where our journalists write critical articles about local businesses, even if they also happen to be connected to advertisers, because that’s part of being an independent paper. I’m sure you’d know that, being BornXRaised, so I’m not sure why you only complain when Loft, which is actually a good restaurant, is mentioned?

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