Iconic Restaurant Transforms to meet Changing City

Scratchleys is possibly Newcastle Harbour’s most iconic restaurant, offering visitors absolute waterfront dining and a place to enjoy not just the food but all the on-water activity of the bustling port of Newcastle Harbour.


Scratchleys has undergone a couple of transformations over its 27-year history. 2016 will see another change, as the restaurant is transformed into a modern and sophisticated space which blends everything we’ve grown to love about Scratchleys with the need to service the growing Novocastrian bar- scene.
Much of the work will be focused on the western end of Scratchleys which will be transformed into a fantastic Tapas Bar to satisfy the growing need for a casual but classy bar scene with spectacular views to boot.


"The competition in the restaurant and bar scene is ever increasing as Newcastle evolves into a more modern and sophisticated city, so now is a great time for Scratchleys to capitalise on their fabulous Harbourside position to become the restaurant/bar of choice for diners," said restauranteur Neil Slater.


While the team at Scratchleys anticipate opening in early October, the physical changes will be evident to all those people strolling by and utilising the magnificent foreshore during the renovations.


The popular Scratchleys Restaurant and Takeaway food outlet will remain open for the entire building process as the majority of the building works will be undertaken at the western end. The restaurant will undergo a cosmetic upgrade during this process, but the same fabulous food and service that Scratchleys have become synonymous with will remain constant. It has been a very successful formula for 27 years so they intend to continue to cater for their large numbers of loyal customers.


“The journey so far has been a fabulous one. Donna and I see this as the next exciting chapter and the gradual evolution of Scratchleys from the small BYO restaurant that we started out as in 1989 into a more modern restaurant, and finally, the iconic building it will become,” said Neil Co-owner (with wife Donna) of Scratchleys.


“The new Tapas Bar will be open from 12pm to 12am from Mondays to Saturdays, and from 12pm to 10pm on Sundays. We anticipate the new space will be enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike. On offer will be fine tapas and share plates with wines by the glass, amazing cocktails and a great selection of beers and spirits – all overlooking our beautiful Harbour, he said.


Of course, diners can still choose to dine in Scratchleys Restaurant for a more traditional dining experience with full table service and all the trimmings.


When the renovations are completed, Scrathleys will provide dining options to suit every taste. A takeaway and a casual bar and tapas as well as a sensational restaurant all in one fabulous location. Neil said the team will continue to cater to their very loyal customers.


“We would like to thank each and every one of them for their past and ongoing patronage. We truly value their loyalty and look forward to introducing them to our new offering. It is a very exciting time for us, our terrific staff and our wonderful customers.”

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