In early March it was a long weekend in Perth. I so love long weekends! The divine loveliness of that extra day off – like a special bonus, where sleep ins are the order of the day :)
Now on the Sunday of the long weekend GG and I had headed along to Lamonts in Cottesloe for their first Sunday of the month tapas series. We’d wanted to give them a whirl for ages and it had been an entirely lovely experience. We were very lucky after finishing there that our friends kindly dropped us in Maylands so we could get a taxi home from Eighth Avenue where I knew there was a taxi rank.
It was when we were dropped near Maylands train station that I realised that we had been provided with the ultimate opportunity to finally visit a place that had been on my “I would really like to go there” list – Swallow Bar.
We arrived around 4 and thankfully it was easy as pie to find a seat at this time as it wasn’t too busy at this stage. I believe that Swallow Bar opens at 3 on Sundays so we timed our arrival quite well. It is a fairly cosy venue in the inside section but there is a courtyard out the back as well. I quite liked the old booth seats that they had along the side, along with the stools to perch along the bar. The whole fit out has been done well and has a nice vintage feel to it. Cute light fittings, an eclectic collection of pictures and ornaments, it comes together nicely.
We ordered a glass of wine each, white for me and red for my GG as is the usual for us, and set up camp in an available booth. We noticed when we sat ourselves down that our seats were actually old train carriage seats, complete with the little dials that used to be set to ‘occupied’ when seats were taken and racks above to put our ‘luggage’. Cute and pretty comfortable :)
And given it is a perfect accompaniment to wine, we also ordered a serve of the soft cheese along with some of the blue, which came served with muscatels, some bread and my favourite addition the very tasty, boozy figs (2 cheeses were $25). It was a milder blue cheese but the creamy saltiness was still well matched with the sweetness of the liquored up figs. And the soft cheese was indulgently soft and had a slight blue taste to it also. It was an entirely pleasant cheese plate and was polished off quickly by the pair of us. A lovely way to round out our eating experience for the day as I suspected that we would not be needing dinner.
I had thoroughly enjoyed our first visit, especially given we’d found a comfy seat to sit on. The experience was further enhanced by running into Perth Food Journal and A while we were there. Always nice to run into friendly faces when you aren’t expecting it. So yes, I’m definitely keen to head back again soon and sample some of the other tasty items they have on their menu.
Well worth flying into Swallow Bar :)