The iconic Auburn Hotel has been at the heart of the Hawthorn community for 135 years. The pub now fully reopens after a $4.3 million project to create an extended beer garden with kids play area and to convert a neighbouring site into a new atrium style drinking and dining hub ‘The Pavilion’.

The multi-million dollar expansion provides the local community with new indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy food, drinks and good times.

Once home to horse stables and then a motorworks garage, the neighbouring site has been transformed into a contemporary atrium-style dining and drinking area, coined ‘The Pavilion’. The brand new area balances the history of the location with modern finishes featuring a retractable roof, striking fireplace centrepiece and a state-of the-art pizza oven.

An extended deck now provides a seamless indoor and outdoor dining area with adjoining beer garden and new kids playground, making it the ultimate year-round socialising area.

The well-known institution in Hawthorn will now also offer a refreshed and approachable menu, curated by Executive Chef Tony Moss. Share dishes like Burrata with sweet & sour tomato jam and Mushroom Arancini with truffle mayo and pecorino will appear next to a range of Woodfire Pizzas such as the Pumpkin with honey, ricotta, roasted garlic, the Porcini Mushroom with truffle, smoked mozzarella and radicchio and the Sopressa with tomato, mozzarella and chilli. There is also a full list of comforting pub classics including a Lamb Pie with buttered mash, green beans, red wine jus and Roasted Pork Belly with apple sauce and bacon jus.

The pubs transformation has also accommodated its loyal sport lovers with ample big-screen TVs in both the beer garden and The Pavilion, meaning live and loud sport will also be on the weekly line-up.

The Auburn Hotel Venue Manager Scott Matthews is thrilled that the new areas of the pub have opened for locals to enjoy.

“We’ve been serving the Hawthorn community for 135 years, so this transformation is well deserved and taking over the next-door site means more space for our locals to gather and enjoy. We can’t wait to see more good times and memories be made at The Auburn and look forward to welcoming everyone back.”