The newly unveiled The Prince at Merewether has undergone an incredible transformation
Part owners and business managers Ty and Julianne Burford had a vivid vision for the future of the venue, that would not only bring the pub back to life, but also honour the important legacy that is the Prince of Wales Hotel.
Passers by will already notice a big change outside the venue- the exterior of the building has been freshly painted, and new signage sits proud. The hotel has been re-branded from the Prince of Wales to The Prince of Merewether.
“Everyone refers to the venue as ‘The Prince’ so we decided to go with that, and just underpin it with our location," Ty said.
"There’s quite a few Prince of Wales hotels across Australia, and we wanted to uniquely represent ours. We’ve incorporated the Prince of Wales feathers into the logo as a nod to our heritage. Since April, much of the hotel’s interior has been completely gutted. Now having recently commenced Stage Two of the project, everything is starting to take shape.
“We really want to create a space that we’re proud of, that will have something for everyone, that people will enjoy coming to, and that we and our staff can enjoy working in.
“This is a large venue so we’ve divided up the space to have a brand new state-of-the-art sports bar, a welcoming public bar at the front, restaurant space at the back, and upstairs we have a private dining room and bar area for functions and general patronage, opening up onto that iconic, expansive refurbished balcony.”
"We have a private dining room and bar area for functions and general patronage, opening up onto that iconic, expansive refurbished balcony...”
During Stage One, an entirely new kitchen has been built, along with the creation of a state of the art sports bar, gaming room, upstairs balcony bar and private dining room. These areas are now open, and according to Ty, so far feedback has been great.
“Upstairs our balcony bar is lighter and brighter than before- transformed to bring the outdoors in, capitalising on the expansive balcony and our coastal location," he said.
“Downstairs our locals are loving the new state of the art sports bar – which has seven big screens so we can show 4 sports and racing all at once.”