Hamish Watts: Sydney Favourite Five

Rebecca Varidel
10th Dec 2014

A birthday bash at SoCal gave us a chance to catch co-owner Hamish Watts about what he loves about his city. Here's the scoop - his Sydney fav. five"

1. Sunrise Walk along Bondi

At least a few times a week, I reckon it’s important to start the day slow. My lady and I grab a coffee and do a couple of leisurely laps of the sand then dive in for a quick dip at the calm Northern end of the beach. Such a great way to start the day!

2. Mooch around the Kirribilli Markets on the weekend

The Kirribilli markets are set in a beautiful location and have great second hand fashion stalls, Art, design and crafts. Check their website for dates www.kirribillimarkets.com There is also good coffee available and the best sliders in town courtesy of The Botanist Slider Bar! www.thebotanist.com.au

3. Sunday Fish and Chips with mates at Balmoral beach

I have a bunch of friends who live on the northern beaches so we like to meet halfway and have a picnic at Balmoral. Nothing like some fish & chips and a couple of refreshing Batlow ciders to round off the week

4. A Long Lunch at The Butler Potts Point

I may be biased but I reckon it’s the best ticket in town for a classic long lunch. With panoramic views of the city skyline, fresh lively food and good wine, it’s the perfect combo. Make sure you have the squid and match it with some the Longview Boatshed Rosé. www.butlersydney.com.au

5. Surfing at Garey Beach

It’s just over an hour’s drive from the city in the Royal National Park and you would honestly think you were in the middle of nowhere! Waves can get crowded on the weekends but mid-week it’s unreal. Non-surfing friends will simply enjoy the sun and serenity… So much serenity.

Applejack Hospitality (www.applejackhospitality.com.au) is a boutique hospitality group founded and owned by seasoned professionals Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll, who have combined experience and expertise of over 25 years in the hospitality industry. The expertise of Ben and Hamish is evident at their four restaurants, Bondi Hardware, The Botanist Kirribilli and SoCal in Neutral Bay, and newly opened The Butler Potts Point on Victoria Street, where they’ve breathed life into the iconic site of Mezzaluna. They have opened four venues in just three years!