The Del (Delany Hotel), Darby St. ~ the little lioness

The Del (Delany Hotel), Darby St.

Hotel Delany, Darby St
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Late last year, The Del in Newcastle started a renovation and expansion to include a fancy new dining room. Initial impressions were not that great (such as an hour to get food, having to order at the counter for $30 meals and so on) despite the gorgeous look inside. But thought I might give it another go, and set about gathering friends there on my visit…

Hotel Delany, Darby St
Blurry, low light pics ahoy!

Hotel Delany, Darby St

We set about amusing ourselves on the paper-covered tables with a pen we found on the floor. I think Victoria was in Tony’s belly button.

Hotel Delany, Darby St

The staff don’t necessarily ‘get’ gluten free and questions about other food requirements. They claim something that’s done in Guinness is gf, however I’m told Guinness isn’t gluten free. Anyway. Read the menu carefully and ask a few times to be sure, I say!

Hotel Delany, Darby St
My duck

Hotel Delany, Darby St
Phil’s chicken

The service was certainly speedier than last time I was there, and people seemed happier in general than other times. There’s still coordination work to be done, such as not being asked by each of the waitresses in succession if you’d like bread, or if the rest of the group is coming.

And I hate having to get up to get drinks when you’re supposedly in a ‘nice’ place. I think it’s still a little confused about whether it wants to be a restaurant or a bistro. Table 26?



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5 comments for “The Del (Delany Hotel), Darby St.

  1. July 21, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Sounds like there is some further work to be done!!!
    oooh and I just read your last post about the contract….congrats!!!

  2. July 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

    the food certainly looks interesting. Will have to pop in for a visit the next time I’m in Newcastle

  3. July 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

    It makes me sad that you didn’t get dessert. :D

  4. July 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Oh we got dessert, Hannah, just elsewhere.
    And by “we” I mean everyone but me, while they ate their chocolate creations I sipped my soy latte.

    But that’s a future post. :)

  5. July 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I must admit that I don’t like having to get up for drinks and prefer table service all the way!

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