Bells at Killcare relaunches its signature restaurant

The dining and event venue is getting a complete overhaul.

Bells at Killcare, a boutique resort on the New South Wales Central Coast, will relaunch its signature restaurant next month giving it a new look and name.

Currently known as The Restaurant, the venue will become The Wild Flower Bar and Dining from December, under the direction of chef and restaurant consultant Sean Connolly.

The restaurant will evolve from an Italian focus to a broader modern European style of dining, with a focus on quality produce with a hint of theatre.

“We are going to unearth some of the incredible seafood from our local Hardy’s Bay fisherman,” said Connolly.

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Owners Brian & Karina Barry (top) with chef Sean Connolly

“We’re also going to inject a little more life to the dining experience; the sights and sounds of a buzzing dining room will welcome diners, and we’ll be creating more theatre on the floor with trolley service and table-side cooking including salt-crusted fish cracked right there on the table and pasta tossed fresh in front of your very eyes.

“This is the life that we want to see at Bells, so the experience continues to evolve in the warm, friendly, local and engaging manner that it has built its reputation.”

Sustainability will continue to be a focus for the restaurant, with more than 15 per cent of produce on the menu supplied from the 500-square-metre on-site kitchen garden, which includes an orchid, bee hives and free-range hens.

A new destination for events 

Located at the heart of the 25-suite hotel, The Wild Flower Bar and Dining offers a main dining room, bar, private dining room and alfresco enclosed balcony.

The venue is also home to The Conservatory, a purpose-built event space with capacity for 220 people for a cocktail function.

The new-look spaces are inspired by the surrounding Bouddi National Park and the region’s vast coastal waterways, with details including specially commissioned wallpaper, ceramics and design pieces by local artisans.

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Bells at Killcare owner Karina Barry said the new restaurant will take visitors on a culinary journey.

“Bells is committed to delivering a first-class experience for our guests, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have Sean Connolly join the team as the second business venture we are working on together, with the opening of The Bon Pavilion in Gosford earlier this year,” she said.

“We truly love working with Sean and were spurred by his creative vision for the Bells dining space, in taking our diners on a reinvigorated culinary journey.”

Learn more about hosting events at Bells at Killcare here.

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