Beaudesert’s Railway Hotel has had its biggest face lift in more than a decade, in a move expected to attract renewed interest among local diners and visitors alike.
The popular pub on Brisbane Street, across from the town’s old railway building, has been given a fresh new look, with a crisp black and white colour scheme replacing its fading blue and yellow exterior.
The renovations, which started in June and are nearing completion, also include stylish light fittings in the outdoor and indoor dining areas, a relocation and expansion of the gaming room, new televisions and air conditioning, fresh carpet and new furniture.
To celebrate its revamp the Railway Hotel is also launching a new menu on August 1 under Chef Jason Argue, who has developed a positive reputation among diners in his 10 years with the Railway.
To boost its profile, the Railway is also running a $30,000 cash or car competition in conjunction with Star Hotels, which holds a long-term license over the venue and attached bottle shop.
Railway Hotel Manager Toni Hart said the upgrades were about keeping the venue fresh and appealing.
“We wanted to bring The Railway into 2018, because this current venue was built in 2007 and hasn’t been touched in a while,” she said.
“You hear stories about how the Railway Hotel was really good when it first opened, and we’ve seen its highs and lows since then. We want to see it really on a high again.”
The Beaudesert Railway Hotel brand has been well over a century in the making, with records showing the original Railway Hotel building was constructed in 1887 where the Beaudesert Woolworths car park now stands. The original Railway Hotel was owned by one family for 93 years, and it is said to have been the oldest existing hotel building in Beaudesert.
Ms Hart said one thing which had not changed at the Railway Hotel was its community spirit.
“That community focus is really important to us – just recently we’ve supported the Beaudesert Boxing Club, the Woodhill State School Billy Cart Derby and the Beaudesert Soccer Club Pink Day fundraiser, and we support local musicians and other businesses,” she said.