Scratchley’s Restaurant began in 1989 with the reuse of The Old Stockton Ferry Terminal. Donna and Neil worked extraordinary hours, something our wonderful industry demands. They traded for 10 years in a building built with love, desire and very little money. Although they had worked in the industry for 15 years prior, there was still so much to learn. Over the time we had various side projects – a tender won at Sheppard’s Cottage “The Terrace” (lost DA), Paymasters Cafe (a win), The Hunters Ark Nobby Beach (a loss). Throughout this time, we built a loyal clientele and effective systems, enabling us to run the bigger, more environmentally-friendly modern Scratchley’s in 1999.
In 1999, we built a real restaurant with many features that we could have only dreamt of ten years previously. Our floor to ceiling glass folding doors enable our guests to truly interact with the fabulous working Newcastle Harbour.
We were able to refine our environmental initiative in waste management and energy usage.
We continuously refine our food around our guests’ expectations. Although the menu is predominately seafood, we also cater to non-seafood lovers and all other dietary requirements. Our extensive wine list has been a labour of love with many aged wines available at very reasonable prices. We know our place in the social fabric of Newcastle and aim always to please visitors and locals alike.
In November 2016 we opened our latest edition to the western end of our iconic building, Battlesticks Bar, and gave the existing restaurant a new look.
Community engagement, environmental excellence and guest comfort are the cornerstones of our business. We trust that you can enjoy the experience for another 25 years and beyond! The Good Life Dolce a Vita by Scratchley’s!