My Mosman: The Buena's Tim Fallon Shares His Top Local Spots
TIM FALLON AND TESS REGAN ARE PASSIONATE LOCALS, WITH A LONG LASTING AND DEEP FAMILY CONNECTION TO MOSMAN. TOGETHER, THEY HAVE TRANSFORMED ONE OF OUR MUCH LOVED HOTELS INTO A WORLD CLASS VENUE, THAT OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. THIS WEEK, TIM SHARES HIS FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT MOSMAN, WITH ANNA USHER.
Anna: Hi Tim! Thanks so much for chatting with Mosman Collective. How long have you called Mosman home - and tell us about your family connection to the area?
Tim Fallon: Thanks Anna. My family has a pretty strong bond with Mosman, and it's been home since we moved from a property near Corowa, on the Murray River, when I was seven.
My grandmother Joy Gregory lived in Muston Street. Dad purchased some old units, and Mum and Dad built the beautiful house at 20 Middle Head Road. From there we went to Sacred Heart Primary School and we absolutely loved living next to Rawson Park!
Anna: What about high school? Do the Fallon boys still have lots of local mates?
Tim: My three older brothers and I all went to high school at St Ignatius College, Riverview, where I was a day student for a year - and then a boarder.
We all have many school friends who live locally. And yep, we see them regularly!
Anna: Tell us about your connection to Mosman and what it means to you?
Tim: When I lived in the bush, we used to travel to Sydney and we would take it in turns to visit Granny in the big smoke! I can vividly remember being a little kid and playing with her at Balmoral Beach.
I also remember being absolutely amazed, the first time I was driven across the Sydney Harbour Bridge (when I was only about four or five years old). It was so different to being on the farm and to this day it is such a vivid memory.
Initially, we really didn’t want to leave the country, and I hated giving my PeeWee 50 motor bikes to my mate who lived on the farm next door - but we settled in well, and Mosman's been home ever since.
I love the beaches, the parks and the village atmosphere. It's great to be able to walk down the street, or have a beer at The Buena - and chat to people you’ve know for years. That's what community is all about.
Anna: Do you have a favourite coffee shop in Mosman?
Tim: I think for coffee you can't go past the Penny Royal.
Anna: Where do you like eating locally?
Tim: Tess and I are enjoying The Beach House by GPO, at the bottom of Awaba St for weekend breakfasts at the moment. And I always enjoy Bloom during the week.
Anna: Which shops do you regularly visit in the village?
Tim: We shop at Harris Farm for fresh food and Penny's for special cuts of great meat.
The entire family spends a small fortune at Pages and Pages - and have done so since I was young, Granny used to read a book a day - and I think Mum would have to be one of their best customers!
Anna: So let's talk pub food. What’s your favourite thing on the menu at The Buena?
Tim: In the Vista Bar we love the fish tacos and eye fillet steak. At Bistro Moncur, I love the crab omelette followed by the eye fillet with bernaise sauce - and a side of broccoli, followed by the soufflé. So good!
Anna: What do you drink when you're at The Buena?
Tim: Beer! Always Carlton Draught, and the occasional cocktail - or even a Fire Ball when the locals insist!
Anna: The Buena is very much the heart and soul of our community. What makes it so special?
Tim: Well, I’m bias of course, but The Buena has stood proudly at the centre of the suburb for well over one hundred years.
She was neglected and wasn't offering the community what she should, so we sought to change that - and bring her back to life.
Our hope is that The Buena becomes everyone's local, and a place where Mosman residents and visitors feel comfortable to socialise and have a good meal with friends and family.
We hope The Buena leads the way in revitalising and reinvigorating the evening vibe in Mosman, and we're excited that Mosman Council is now completing the pedestrian loop, by constructing three new crossings and some paved outdoor seating areas.
It will be a great thing to make Mosman Junction a destination for people from outside the area, to come and enjoy the hotel and nearby restaurants.
Anna: You’ve successfully managed to make The Buena a “family pub”. Was that important to you? Do you eat there as a family?
Tim: Thank you Anna, yes that was the goal!
My brothers and I have thirteen children between us all (yes, it's true!) and we all live within one kilometre of the pub. Our kids and their friends love it!
We can always improve and I think we are doing that, but the core brief to Tess Regan Designs was to make sure we had an area, where every member of the family felt welcome.
And she has absolutely achieved that.
So we have the Buena Bar for locals, ladies, beer and cocktails, the Sports Bar, and the Vista Bar upstairs for families.
We have a fantastic hotel menu which people are loving.
And then of course there's Bar Moncur for cocktails - and Bistro Moncur Mosman, which is such a beautiful space and a world class restaurant.
Tim and the team are doing a great job.
Anna: Where do you like to chill out locally on the weekends?
Tim: My girls love Nippers through summer, so we pretty much live at Balmoral or one of the local parks.
We often go out for breakfast, and then have lunch and dinner at The Buena.
We visit the Zoo a couple of times a year and love catching the ferry into the Opera House, or for a day shopping in the city.
Anna: Finish this question. The best thing about Mosman is …
Tim: It's such a wonderful place to live, and my family and I feel very lucky to call this place home. It's hard to name just one thing - but for my money I'd have to say that Mosman's "village" atmosphere is what makes a true community. Then there's Balmoral Beach which is the jewel in our crown, followed closely by The Buena!
Anna: Thanks so much for your time, Tim - and for your continued support of Mosman Collective.
Tim: My pleasure Anna. I'd like to wish everyone a great weekend - and don't forget to pop in and see us for a drink or a meal at The Buena!