Royal Hotel in Brisbane’s northern suburbs has fully re-opened after a $1.1m revamp. The historic venue has been revitalised for the modern Nundah community and, as part of the transformation, the pub has returned to its original name (in recent years, the pub has been known as The Royal).
Royal Hotel was constructed in 1888 and the heritage-listed pub shares the same original architect as the Crown Hotel in Lutwyche. The renovation was led by architect Mel Porter Design, and it has blended heritage architecture with modern flair. Architectural features, such as the decorative cornicing and exposed brick have been retained to maintain the traditional neighbourhood pub feel with an inviting atmosphere, reimagined for the modern era.
The first floor has been transformed into a new entertainment space, Royal Quarters, and is a fusion of modern elegance and character-filled charm. The versatile 200 capacity venue is well-equipped to host a variety of live entertainment for the whole community, including live bands & comedy nights, with a dedicated bar and a range of comfortable booth seating options.
The refreshed bistro & terrace is a light-filled, family-friendly dining space for up to 120 patrons. The new fit out includes marble-look tables, checkerboard floors and wooden accents, with added pops of greenery brightening up the overall interior look.
Along with the bistro’s interior refresh comes a new menu by Executive Chef Dylan Kemp, which elevates the traditional pub dining experience while still offering quality, classic pub favourites. To start, choose from fresh starters such as Moreton Bay Bug Roll with burnt butter or the Grain-Fed Char-Grilled Beef Skewers with miso & rice bubbles. Mains include Pressed Lamb Shoulder with herbed yoghurt & pickled cucumber and Pan Seared Barramundi alongside classics like the hand crumbed Chicken Schnitzel, Chicken Parmi and Stone & Wood battered Fish & Chips.
The menu also includes sandwiches & burgers, salads and four pizzas. Donut fries with peanut brittle & baked brief cheesecake with mandarin & salted shortbread will reward diners who save room for dessert!
Weekly events at the pub will bring the community together, including:
- Public Bar
- Tuesday – Trivia
- Live Entertainment in Royal Quarters
- Thursday – Comedy Night
- Friday – Piano Bar Sessions
- Saturday – Live Gigs
- Sunday – Ball Out Bingo
Sport fans will find a new go-to in the new modern Public Bar and outdoor alfresco with 5 big TV screens showing select games live and loud.
Venue Manager Naomi Franklin is excited that the doors to the Royal Hotel have re-opened.
“Royal Hotel is a Nundah institution, and we are thrilled to open the doors again to our community. It is a historic pub and a space for the entire family to enjoy no matter the occasion with weekly entertainment and an exciting new menu and interiors.”
Royal Hotel will give back to the local community by supporting charity partner Mandate, which raises awareness for men’s health and funds for life-saving prostate cancer research through the Local Heroes program. The weekly fundraising promotion sees $1 from every Parmi sold each Wednesday donated.