Josh and Julie Niland take over Paddington’s Grand National and move Saint Peter Restaurant to the pub

Josh and Julie Niland can add “hotelier” to their resume. The duo behind Saint Peter and the Fish Butchery are taking charge of the signature back street Paddington pub, The Grand National, which has been closed for a number of years. The location is currently undergoing a major renovation.

The Nilands have decided to move their acclaimed seafood restaurant, Saint Peter, from Oxford Street to the 1890-built hotel, located nearby on the corner of Elizabeth and Underwood Streets. The Grand National will also welcome resident guests – it will have a boutique hotel with 14 rooms.

The new Sint-Pietersrestaurant will be housed in a sumptuous hall that can accommodate 45 people, who will dine under a skylight. “Our menu will continue to offer a diverse range of fish, quality produce and an enthusiasm for exploring what’s possible with a fish,” Josh said in a statement. “Saint Peter will continue to showcase Australia’s leading fishermen, oyster farmers, vegetable farmers, winemakers and artisans.”

The kitchen is open plan, has a wood fired grill, fish charcuterie cabinets and guests can enjoy pre and post meal drinks in the bar. People will also be able to experience a more casual bar dining experience, which has its own menu and serves lunch and dinner. A private dining room for up to 15 guests will also be available.

The pioneering restaurant Saint Peter has been on Oxford Street for six years and underwent a major renovation in 2020 to reflect the eatery’s changing direction and Josh’s move towards presenting exceptional quality, sustainably sourced fish and seafood.

Saint Peter Oxford Street will close in early 2023. The Grand National Hotel, at 161 Underwood Street, Paddington, is expected to open in 2023.

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