So, a little bit about who we are and how we got here. My name is Ryan and together with my wife, Annah, we have created a little bar in the heart of Wollongong called ‘The Swallowed Anchor’.
I was in the Navy for 14 years as Maritime Logistics Chef and Annah for 10 years in Maritime Logistics Support Operations. We both joined the Navy from a young age and have travelled to places we couldn’t imagine and worked with some of the most professional, inspirational people to get us where we are today.
We’ve both been deployed on several HMA Ships including HMAS Westralia, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Newcastle, HMAS Kanimbla, HMAS ANZAC, HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Melbourne to participate in everything from border protection to humanitarian aid to operations in the Middle East and large scale, multinational training exercises.
My passion for food has come from working with a hugely diverse range of ingredients from all over the world and cooking alongside Sailors from all different walks of life. It’s a profession you must continually experiment in and push yourself out of your comfort zone to constantly achieve a better product.
Now, both retired from the Navy, we’ve moved back to Wollongong where it all began to focus on our nautical inspired tapas bar.
We are persistent on providing locally sourced fresh produce and friendly customer service in a casual environment and we are committed to listening to what customers want to evolve our menus.
A cause close to our hearts….
Annah & I both look back on our careers with the Navy fondly and we want to use this opportunity to raise awareness for something very important to us – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD and suicide throughout the Defence Force is largely unspoken of and, sadly, has affected us on several occasions.
There are some fantastic organisations including Soldier On, and Young Veterans who we actively support, that look to bridge the gap for modern day Veterans and provide support to those in desperate need of help. We ask, if you can, throw a few dollars their way – it may just save their life. We also have a donation box on our counter and I assure you that someone will appreciate it.
Please look after your mates. There’s always someone willing to help, you just have to ask them. There’s always someone who needs help, you just have to find them.
Thanks for checking us out and we hope you can come visit us sometime!