Welcome to Coogee Common
Restaurant, lounge bar and gardens.
Our seasonal and chef’s tasting menus are built around our own produce, harvested daily. What we can’t grow, grind or ferment, we source from local, sustainable producers, who share our commitment to clean, ethical food production. The bread on our table is from our wood-fired ovens, our seafood from local waters, and our menus designed to showcase the best local ingredients.
It’s what we do so well at Fremantle’s, Bread in Common, and we were ready to branch out.
We started looking for land where we could grow our own produce, our no-waste philosophy and commitment to a closed-loop farming system.
We saw the potential of the old Coogee Hotel site, the heritage buildings, and their grounds.
Over the past two years our team of gardeners have tirelessly rehabilitated the land, cultivating our terraced gardens. We rescued olive trees from Gingin, fig trees from Scarborough and Shiraz vines from Margaret River. The gardens, pollinated by our resident bees, will supply both Bread in Common, and Coogee Common, as well as our Common Farm Shop.
We built new kitchens and dining spaces, a small bar for those looking to share a plate and drink from our carefully chosen wine and tap-list and intimate dining rooms for groups of 8 to 16 experiencing our chef’s tasting menus, and larger spaces for up to 120 guests, with soaring ceilings and views of the gardens.
We’ve planted the seeds, and now we’re inviting you to watch us grow.
Open every day from 11:30am for lunch and dinner.
For more information about functions and private dining experiences please contact us.
Built in 1894, the Coogee Hotel, or ‘Four-Mile Well’, was a meeting place for local market gardeners, quarry and shipping workers, four miles from Fremantle.
Overlooking Coogee beach, whose name is said to derive from the Noongar word for ‘body of water’, the hotel hosted picnics, horse races, community gatherings, and holidaymakers and travellers in their tea rooms, until the 1920s. During the 1930s and 40s, the hotel was used as an orphanage by the Anglican Church, and remained so until the 70s, when it was taken over by Main Roads.
Since then, it has stood sentinel over Coogee Beach, empty and waiting for a new life.
In 2018, our Bread in Common team moved in. We devoted countless hours to reviving the abandoned site, building new gardens and kitchens, while preserving the character of this landmark location for generations to come. We’re adding a new chapter to a story that started long before we did, and love opening our doors and gardens to the people of Fremantle.
“The garden of Fremantle is now in full bloom.
The place to spend a happy day.
Approachable by road, rail, or sea.
The real retreat for the seeker after peace, quiet rest and recreation. Four miles from Fremantle – a pleasant drive… Liquors of the finest quality.
Coogee Hotel – the Garden of the West’”
Original advertising copy for The Coogee Hotel, published in local newspapers in the 1900s. Courtesy of the City of Cockburn Library.