Lured by the promise of poolside Frozen Margaritas ($15) and High Tea ($45/person) I parked myself under one of the swishing hula-skirt umbrellas for the afternoon. It’s a very modern high tea rendition with the customary cucumber sangers switched out for sliders, Reuben sandwiches and grilled cheese toasties. The second of your 33s is taken up with lovely buttermilk scones, freshly whipped cream and jam. The top tier of the custom-made record platter is reserved for sweeties; and the mini pikelets sandwiched together with maple butter and topped with the crunch of honeycomb are the stars of the show. Now if the musical theme makes you pine for cool tunes, Atura Blacktown have that base covered every Sunday this summer. They’re throwing open the gates to their resort-style pool courtyard from 1pm-9pm for the Recovery Sunday Live DJ Poolside Sessions. This commitment to being part of the local community is what I really like about Atura – something you’ll also find reflected in their young, friendly team. And if Happy Hour (4pm-6pm) leaves you a little worse for wear, the Time Warp Package ($179/couple) with overnight accommodation, breakfast for two and movie tickets for the Skyline Drive-In means it’s a very achievable stumble between bed, pool and your Gold Grass Deck Chairs. Date night Blacktown underway!
Roadhouse Bar & Grill
Atura Blacktown, 32 Cricketers Arms Road, Prospect
Ph: (02) 9421 0000 aturablacktown.com.au
High Tea, Cocktails $$$