Bannisters Port Stephens' chic (and pet-friendly) casual bar and eatery.
Rick Stein at Bannisters may take a lot of the glory when it comes to dining options at Bannisters Port Stephens, but new addition Cheeky Dog deserves some attention, too. The casual bar and eatery was unveiled in December 2019. Designed by architect Tony Freeman and design company MCM House, Cheeky Dog leans into its coastal location with a palette of natural timbers, rattan, recycled materials and soft furnishings and, thanks to its open-plan design, it has plenty of natural light and an exposed ceiling.
The venue has bar snacks, like chicken wings and salt and pepper squid, available from 2pm and dinner service starts as early as 3.30pm. The menu is succinct — a selection of antipasto, a handful of classic pub-style mains and stonebaked pizzas — but it's all done well. Plus, if you and your partner have a third wheel in the form of your pet in tow, you'll be pleased to know that the bar is dog-friendly (as is the hotel itself, should you wish to stay there).
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