New bar and bistro Tweed River House opens in grand, old manor
The restaurant is located in a beautiful, old, colonial-style riverside manor on River Street which has, for more than 100 years, been a focal point for locals during special occasions and celebrations. It was built in circa 1907 and from 1969, became ‘Greenhills Reception’ and was the site of many weddings and school formal events.
From the recently restored Tweed River House, guests will enjoy expansive views across lush tropical cane fields to Wollumbin and Border Ranges. There’s the option to dine on the river terrace or inside under an elegant, pressed-tin ceiling and cooling fans, or in the spectacular Chandelier private dining room.
“Old world hospitality is our keynote” says Gregory Lording, general manager and co-owner, alongside Phillip Hepburn. “We want guests to feel immersed in the relaxed style of bygone eras – think Singapore’s Raffles and Penang’s E&O dining rooms, and cocktails on the terraces of grand old homes in Australia’s tropical north.
“Our welcoming team will ensure you are enveloped into a time bubble, with the addition of modern, efficient service.”
With its own pontoon, guests can arrive by boat for a full glam experience.
Overseeing the restaurant is executive chef Joseph McGrattan. The Irish born McGrattan combines his gastronomic talents, gained from his classical European training, with his love for local fresh produce to create a contemporary culinary experience.
For more than a decade, the chef has worked in regional Australia where he refined his knowledge of indigenous Australian produce at such venues as Kooljaman Resort, Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia.
The curated menu is hand selected to showcase the very best of each season’s produce from the Northern Rivers local farms, rivers and ocean.