Josh and Julie Niland Will Take Over Paddington’s Grand National Hotel

The Niland's are moving in.

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Trailblazers Josh and Julie Niland are conquering Paddington—one venue at a time. From Saint Peter’s classy 12-metre long Carrara marble-topped bar to the casual fish and chip shop, Fish Butchery, just a few steps down the street, the Niland’s are owning Paddington’s hospitality scene. Although, Paddington isn’t the only suburb you will find a Niland venue. In Rosebay, locals have enjoyed the addition of Charcoal Fish, inspired by charcoal chicken shops, but with a Niland twist. They also recently opened a second Fish Butchery in Waterloo, slinging Yellowfin Tuna Cheeseburgers and other favourites.

Now, the Niland’s have announced they are taking over the running of the newly renovated, The Grand National Hotel in Paddington. Situated on the corner of Underwood Street and Elizabeth Street, the boutique hotel is a local favourite, and come the summer of 2023, we can only expect it to be bigger and better.

The new Saint Peter restaurant will be housed in an opulent 45 seat dining room crowned with an incredible skylight ceiling. Guests will have a full view of the open kitchen, wood fired grill and a window into the fish charcuterie cabinets and displays. An a la carte menu celebrating Australian seafood will also be offered.

For the first time, Saint Peter will have a bar where guests can enjoy a pre or post dinner drink. The bar will also have its own menu for a more casual experience during lunch and dinner.

In addition to the bar, there will be a private dining room for up to 15 guests, catering for special occasions.

MORE: What We Learned About Fish From Spending An Afternoon With Josh Niland

Another first is the exciting news that Saint Peter will not just be a restaurant, but a boutique hotel with 14 rooms. The hotel will provide restaurant guests with an opportunity to extend their Saint Peter experience with a luxurious overnight stay.

Although, this means Saint Peter Oxford Street will close for good in early 2023.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the year. In the meantime, make Josh Niland’s Tuna ‘Nduja’ on Toast at home.

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Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
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  • For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
  • Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
  • Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.

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