Interview With Shari Knott from The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale

In the build up to Mother’s Day we sat down with creatives, business owners and curators from selection of some of our favourite spots in Sydney to get their tips for a cliche free, thoroughly unique Mother’s Day!

It’s easy to see why the Old Clare has rapidly become central to Chippendale’s recent renaissance. Combining luxury, with history and beguiling design, the hotel has quickly become the residence of choice for some of Sydney’s most fascinating visitors. But it’s appeal extends beyond its role as a traditional hotel. With a buzzing bar located in the lobby, and relationships with Sydney’s most innovative restaurants, Kensington Street Social and Automata, the venue has become a fast favourite for Sydney locals.

We sat down the Shari Knott from the Old Clare to get her tips for a stylish, and thoroughly original Mother’s Day.

Can you tell us a bit about the relationship between The Old Clare, Kensington Street Social and Automata?
The Old Clare Hotel and the two restaurants live under the same roof, and although they are separate businesses we still work together and share resources to offer great experience to our guests.

Is there anything special (or more special than usual!) happening at any of the venues for Mother's Day?
Yes, indeed! We’re putting on quite the feast for all the amazing and inspiring women out there.

The hotel will host a morning yoga and meditation class with instructor Kristy da Silva. We are also collaborating with Lauren Hung from The Black Line to host a calligraphy class as the perfect workshop for mothers and daughters.

Since it’s also a festive day we’ve arranged a rosé and champagne bar with Kensington Street Social and make your own mini pavlova stand within the main linkway (foyer). Additionally, Thomas Puttick will be showcasing his new line ahead of MBFWA, also in our linkway, open to everyone.

Basically, we’ve got your afternoon covered, just leave it up to Old Clare to keep you entertained.

All details:

What are some of your favourite items on the menu at Kensington Street Social and Automata?
At Kensington Street Social you can’t go wrong with their brunch, now available both Saturday and Sunday (also on Mother’s Day of course). The Tataki Hiramasa kingfish will always be my favourite, and for something larger, currently the Swordfish or Wagyu tri-tip are delicious!

As for Automata, just eat whatever Clayton puts in front of you, it’s bound to blow your mind. The 5-course menu is updated every week, so we tend to find excuses to go there as often as possible.

I also recommend the 3-course lunch menu available Fridays and Saturdays, it’s a fun way to end the week and entertain clients with great food!

After enjoying a meal at Kensington Street Social, or Automata, or a drink at the Clare Bar, what are some activities around Chippendale that you would recommend for Mothers Day?

Aside from the drinks and pavlova in our linkway?
White Rabbit Gallery always has great exhibitions, currently they’re showcasing “The Dark Matters”.

And if you’re still up for more drinks, Handpicked Wines has great cheese to accompany your wine tasting. Let’s face it, cheese is always a good option.

You can book our Chippendale and Redfern tour here.