Bannisters Mollymook Pool Bar

Review – Bannisters Pool Bar, Mollymook NSW

If relaxing by a pool, over looking the ocean, with a cocktail in hand is your kind of thing; then you’re going to like Bannisters Pool Bar.

Set at Bannisters, Mollymook, home to Rick Stein’s Australian restaurant venture, the Pool Bar is the more affordable sibling of the aforementioned dining option at Bannisters.

An effortlessly chic layout, sees lounges and share tables littered among pool recliners; along with private function rooms that accommodate everything from birthdays to weddings.

The extensive drinks menu serves crafty cocktails like the coriander martini alongside French champagne, and a relatively standard beer offering. Food is prepared with sharing in mind and offers pizzas, dips, dukkah and a few heartier options if sharing isn’t your thing.

While I am yet to frequent the restaurant (it’s a bit exy) I am told that you can order selected dishes created by the master himself at the pool bar, for a fraction of the cost.

Bannisters Pool Bar, Mollymook

Geisweiler Monopole, Blanc De Blancs, France

Bannisters Mollymook Veuve Clicquot Bar. Image:

Go for – the view
Stay for – the vibe
Order – Gods G&T
Bonus – over the summer months there is a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar, darlings.


Art of Espresso

Review – Art of Espresso, Young NSW

When I found out we were moving to the country one of my first thoughts was “…but, where will I get good coffee??”. After a quick google search I stumbled upon the brainchild of Adrian Capra, Art of Espresso – espresso bar, roastery and barisa school; located in none other than our new home town of Young.

Opening their doors in August 2010, Art of Espresso has gone on to become a haven for coffee connoisseurs and inquisitive novice’s alike. Their multiaward winning beans, like the house ‘kombie blend’ are fair trade, rainforest alliance certified and organic. Oh, and they have¬†even made the Lonely Planet guide book as a must visit destination for coffee when visiting country NSW. BOOM!

Set in an old bakery, complete with pressed tin feature walls, funky beats greet you as you walk in and welcoming staff remember your order. The coffee here is second to none and there is a sipping chocolate that will make your diabetic heart beat with desire.

Art of Espresso, Young NSW

Cappuccino – Art of Espresso, Young NSW

Go for: the coffee – $3.80 small, $4.80 large

Stay for: the staff and good vibes

Order: Coffee!

Bonus: the good folk at AOE also run barista classes so you can learn the tricks of the trade and music nights with the likes of The Audrey’s and Mia Dyson.


Raspberry Jam Cocktail


Raspberry Jam Cocktail

Welcome to my celebratory toast post to welcome the first day of Summer – the Jam-Tini.

Jam’s ability to glam up a piece of toast is, of course, a foregone conclusion. But, have you ever thought about adding a dollop of this sweet, sticky fruit spread to your cocktail? No? Well, you should! Shaken with ice, mixer and a shot of spirits, jam creates a cocktail of unsurpassed summery goodness. Whether you’ve been hard at work harvesting¬†your garden’s bounty, or soaking up the summer sun, a Jam-Tini is just the thing to toast the end to a perfect summers day.

Serves 4


  • 4 tbs of Anathoth Farm Raspberry Jam
  • The juice of 4 limes
  • 600ml of cranberry juice
  • 600ml of soda water
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedges to serve
  • Optional: 30ml of gin or vodka, per serve


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle half the fresh mint leaves, fresh lime juice and Anathoth Farm Raspberry Jam.
  2. Add the cranberry juice, optional spirits, and some ice. Put the lid onto the shaker and shake. Shake some more!
  3. Add crushed ice to each serving jar, along with a sprig of the remaining fresh mint. Top each jar with 150ml of soda water and evenly strain the cocktail mix over each serving jar. Discard solids in the shaker, garnish with fresh lime wedges and serve.


Jam Cocktail