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Friday 23 December 2022

Prison breaks very much in vogue for 2023

Time spent in jail will be very fashionable when TFE Hotels opens the new Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge Melbourne in February, 2023.

The historic Pentridge Prison site is poised to become one of Australia’s highest-profile lifestyle destinations.

Developed by the Shayher Group, the 110-apartment hotel is part of a billion-dollar lifestyle precinct in Coburg which also includes residential apartments, shopping, dining outlets and an outdoor cinema.

"Whilst Pentridge was conceived as a place of confinement, it has been creatively transformed into a place of tranquillity," the developers say. "Together, we want to create an environment that people won’t want to leave, as opposed to never being able to leave."

The new-built portion of the Adina Pentridge has been added to a section of the former prison known as ‘Division B’, which has been repurposed into the hotel’s reception, modern glass hotel tower and porte cochere in a nod to the history of the site.

Located 8km from Melbourne CBD, the project sees a function centre located in the prison’s former chapel with beautiful high lead-light windows, making it a possible venue for weddings or business events.

The designers of the project, Cox Architecture, are known for their work on heritage projects including the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa redevelopment near Daylesford in Victoria.

Gourmets and wine lovers can choose between bistro dining at North & Common, or chic wine bar Olivine, with chef Thomas Woods at the helm of both venues. Sommelier Liinaa Berry will be curating the wine lists, so expect a swag of minimal intervention choices.

North & Common diners can expect produce-driven seasonal menus.

“What we’re creating with the restaurant is a lively, welcoming space free of pretention that’s inviting for locals and travellers alike,” says chef Woods, who worked with Jacques Reymond and has operated Woodland House.

“At North & Common, we’re on a mission to deliver an ever-evolving dining experience with a focus on simple food and great techniques that highlight the natural quality of the produce. This will be accompanied and elevated by a thoughtful wine list.”

A typical meal could start with rock oysters served with a classic mignonette; followed by grilled calamari with an egg yolk dressing. Or perhaps grilled rib-eye, smoked bone marrow glaze with a horseradish cream.

“I am excited to work closely with producers that I’ve built a relationship with over the past 15 years to deliver a menu that pays homage to the first-class produce we have available in Victoria,” Woods said.

Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge Melbourne has lead-in rates from $219 per night with an opening special offering 20% off the best available rate. 

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