Outside in the 'secret' courtyard garden when it's balmy, nestled near the open fireplace when it's not. The timber tables can be pulled apart or shoved together to offer different seating options – it's a movable feast.
Artist in residence: silks, denim and cashmere in dark, smudgy colours.
Affable chef Sean McConnell continues his campaign to champion seasonal, local ingredients at the bar and lounge, a moodily dark and relaxed setting with a library and garden and a soft spot for live music. Expect McConnell's signature small plates, with humble ingredients transformed into punchy dishes that betray chef's love of foraging. Once you've had a meal here, explore the NewActon precinct's wealth of eating options, which include Mocan and Green Grout, A.Baker, Parlour Wine Room and Bicicletta.
Watch a local or international band play at the bar and lounge, which serves a comprehensive range of domestic wines and distillations as well as some more exotic libations. (If you’re after a quieter tipple, stake out the stylish little library.) Every Friday, the barman launches a new cocktail; don’t miss out. We liked One, which features Turkish delight, gin, rose and pomegranate; on a hot day, a Four (gin, Marco Polo tea, kaffir lime and cucumber) wouldn’t go amiss.
Breakfast is served from 7am until midday (hurrah for late lie-ins); lunch is on offer between midday and 4pm; bar snacks are served from 4pm until 10pm. The last drinks are mixed at 11pm.
Order light breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and shared plates from the 24-hour room service menu, which mimics the main menu.