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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

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2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Winners

Every year, we produce the Australian Hotel Guide to scout the country for the very best in hotels: from city to country, coast to coast, club sandwich to club sandwich. We check into reviewed hotels anonymously and pay our own way. What we experience at these top Australian addresses is the same as what you, our readers, would experience. No special treatment; no added extras. Just honest, informative reviews of the best hotel experiences around the country. It's time to get packing. Pick up a copy of our 2017 Hotel Guide with our June issue, out now.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

The new Old Clare Hotel opens

In a case of everything old is new again, the Old Clare Hotel has opened in Chippendale in inner-city Sydney, transforming the down-at-heel County Clare Inn and Carlton & United Breweries administration building into Sydney's newest boutique hotel.

It's the culmination of a complex five-year project by Singaporean hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng, restoring and linking the two heritage-listed buildings and installing three restaurants, two bars and a rooftop pool as the centrepiece of the rapidly gentrifying Kensington Street and Central Park precincts.

The Old Clare's lobby is a low-key extension of pedestrianised Kensington Street, designed to stamp the hotel "as part of the neighbourhood, a place for everyone", says hotel general manager Timo Bures. The hotel's reception with amber-glass accents shares space with the pub's restored front bar, with its original tiles, cornices and phone booth.

The hotel's 62 rooms in 26 different layouts have lofty ceilings, original windows and airy stripped-back interiors, featuring Danish mid-century furniture, industrial-style joinery, customised lights, and lamps fashioned from engine parts. "We didn't want to over-restore the buildings," Bures says, "so in some places the original features are stripped bare, and we haven't tried to match missing tiles. You can see the history of the place."

The old wood-panelled CUB boardroom is the most impressive of the restorations; now a suite with its original urinal incorporated in a sleek bathroom, the room was stripped and suspended while much of the building was demolished around it.

Expect sunrise yoga and sundowners beside a 14-metre pool and deck bar for 80 atop the old CUB building. The hotel's two bars will be run by British chef Jason Atherton, whose 120-seat Kensington Street Social is due to open in November on the hotel's ground floor. The 50-seat Silvereye on the second floor, and 60-seat Automata on the ground floor are due to open this month (see our story on the restaurants opening at The Old Clare for more).

Rooms from $350, The Old Clare Hotel, 1 Kensington St, Chippendale, NSW


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