15 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point 2011
(02) 9331 1188 or newhampton.com.au
Built nearly a century ago, the Hampton Court Hotel is one of Sydney’s oldest. Located at the start of the Kings Cross strip, it is ingrained with local history, the most renown of which is the residency of ACDC in the 70s. But as Sydney’s notorious party precinct continues to transform, so does the hotel, bringing a new member to the playground, New Hampton. In spite of the continuing regulatory challenges facing the area, New Hampton opened its doors this March.
“Our intention with this venue from the beginning was to bring ‘The Rocks to The Cross’,” says owner Kieran Coleman. “We love the old Sydney feel of The Rocks, with its cobbled lanes and rich culture, and we wanted to bring that atmosphere into The Cross, which is traditionally known for being a bit more ‘dark and dingy’.”
New Hampton is a 450 person venue, complete with two separate bar areas, a fine-dining restaurant (HARVEST @ New Hampton), VIP area with 100 person capacity, nightclub, pokies room, and smoking area. The venue’s masculine, rustic style is fused with urban elegance and sophistication. The space features solid timber bars, exposed wooden beams, caesar stone walling, and beautifully hand crafted tiles inset haphazardly into the concrete flooring. The furniture, imported from India, is a classic contemporary range which provides an eclectic fusion of styles.
The restaurant, HARVEST @ New Hampton, is fine dining at its best, boasting a range of modern Australian dishes with a twist of French flair. Head Chef Ben Palmer, has designed the menu around familiar themes yet manages to surprise and excite diners with flawless execution and plenty of flavour. “I’ve created a menu for a relaxed dining experience,” he says. “It is well refined and not overly complex and uses only the freshest seasonal Australia produce on offer.”
“A combination of high energy with our signature relaxed vibe is what makes us truly unique,” says Coleman.
New Hampton has a private function room that can be hired out for corporate functions, product launches and birthday celebrations, among others. It is open for lunch and dinner from 11am until late, seven days a week and accepts bookings.