Curl up with a Crumpet_Blog


NOSTALGIC winter dishes are making their way onto menus around town this winter, with old school favourites such as the honey crumpet and cheese jaffles re-emerging as menu stars.

The Chelsea Bistro at The Barracks is tempting foodies out from beneath their blankets to enjoy a trip down memory lane with nourishing, comfort-food breakfast offerings reminiscent of childhood treats.

Steve Ackerie, owner of the Chelsea, is proud to say that his café is one of Brisbane’s only nooks serving homemade crumpets, plated up with locally sourced honeycomb butter!

“For many of us the humble crumpet brings back childhood memories of chilly mornings at home in our pyjamas, so we have put our spin on an old classic,” said Steve.

“A good crumpet is the perfect harmony between a plain piece of toast and a buttery croissant, not an overly indulgent breakfast, but still enough to make you smile.”

On the other hand nothing warms the tummy more than melted ham and cheese toasties, fondly remembered as jaffles, which are a perfect take-away option or late morning snack.

Steve says, forget experimental dishes and outlandish flavours, sometimes it is the simple things in life that are the most delicious.

“At a time where café’s are competing for the most unique and groundbreaking dishes, we are bringing things back to basics this winter to satisfy our regulars with quality, home-style cooking,” said Steve.

Don’t be put off by the outside chills this winter, The Chelsea Bistro is the perfect locale to hibernate, whether swinging by for a coffee and a homemade muffin or dining in the beautiful, heated courtyard – BYO beanie.

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BRISBANE’S much-loved watering hole, The Fox Hotel, is set to unveil its fresh new look at an official launch party to be held last night.

Now, if you’ve been living in Brisbane for a few years, you probably would have visited or, at least, heard about The Fox Hotel in South Brisbane. You may not have noticed however, that the four-level establishment had been closed for the past six months during a major refurbishment.

This week saw the relaunch of a savvy new look that is set to reinvigorate Brisbane hipsters. Think, bright fresh colours, funky decor, vibrant wallpapers in more than eight beautifully appointed spaces, including the new dedicated NYC-style meatball restaurant, which is appropriately named The Meatball Company.

The highlight for daytime drinkers and night owls is the new Dandy’s Rooftop bar sporting a vintage tennis club decor and serving up char grilled fare in a relaxed outdoor setting, aimed at inner-city apartment dwellers.

Among the food and wine offerings is the contemporary Fish Lane Studios, a multipurpose art space that features the works of local Brisbane artists in exhibitions, fashion shows and creative workshops.

It’s really a matter of serving up something for everyone, with the focus being to play on the tapestry of cultures in the surrounding arts precinct. We think it’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat before seeing a show at QPAC or even for the corporate crowd, who like to share a drink with their work colleagues.

The Fox Hotel’s general manager, Rohan Topley, said the emphasis on good food and service had been a central part of the redevelopment, while the inspiration for each of the different spaces had come from the local community.