Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Images by Fatema Sitabkhan + Tempting Palates
Whether you drive / bus / tram it to Glenelg, you cannot miss the well-known Stamford Grand Hotel as you walk towards the beach. Having recently added an extension to their outdoor seating with timber flooring onto a deck that offers a rustic appearance, The Grand Bar on the ground floor of the Hotel offers their customers with a balance of a relaxed and casual atmosphere along with a touch of class and sophistication. While I’ve only visited the Grand a couple of times prior, this serves as a prime spot where you can easily get lost in your own thoughts, enjoy a cuppa or a cocktail (your choice!) and spend time people-watching as you marvel at the beauty of Glenelg.
On Sunday, a number of Adelaide-based bloggers and myself were invited to check out the new deck, which has been designed to provide customers with a space where they can laze around, enjoy some bevvies, and end the day with a beautiful sunset that colours the beach in satisfying hues of red, orange, and yellow. While the Grand attracts your usual beach crowd during the day, it is just as versatile at night, where it transforms into one of the most pumping party places down the Bay, resonating with a vibrant and entertaining nightlife (thanks to the local DJs and live bands on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays).
While it may have been a bit too early to get out of bed on a Sunday morning, the warm weather and an appetizing breakfast made the early start to the day a fruitful one. Treated to an intimate setting, we shared a hearty meal with each other, which included a menu providing a number of sweet and savoury options of food and drink.
The morning kicked off with much-needed generous cups and mugs of caffeine. Next, our table was graced with a 3-tier Big Brekkie Tower, which comprised of (top to bottom):
- Level 1 – subtly sweet and light pastries + juicy, fresh fruit
- Level 2 – perfectly poached eggs Benedict + herb omelette + crunchy hash browns
- Level 3 – crispy bacon + sausages + baked beans + herbed tomatoes + toast slices
Honestly, if this was a Tower for one, I might as well have rolled out of the Grand, because every single item was full of flavour and when brought together, made for a wholesome brekkie! Luckily, this Tower was shared with a bunch of other bloggers, so we were able to enjoy it as more of a tasting platter.
For the drink, I opted for a Berry Passion smoothie, which has mixed berries, low fat yoghurt, passion fruit, honey, and crushed ice. The smoothie was thick and creamy and boasted of a tangy flavour from the different berries. This is a refreshingly cool drink that is best enjoyed in the sunshine.
Guests were also provided with options of the eggs Benedict with smashed avocado, sautéed exotic mushroom, and banana bread toast. While these options may sound simple, they hold true to the classic style of incorporating very few ingredients to provide the customer with a nutritious meal nonetheless.
The Grand Bar’s deck is also dog-friendly, so if you’re thinking of bringing your furbaby to the beach for a walk, then feel free to stop by the Grand and grab a bite and/or a drink before making your puppy’s day a memorable one by the beach!
Whether you’re a local, a tourist, or a visitor to the Hotel, the Grand serves as a fantastic congregating place to plan out how you’d like to make the most of being down by the gorgeous coastline that Glenelg and the City of Holdfast Bay is blessed with.