Manager of the Maclean Hotel Phil Cardwell looks over the renovations in progress to the pub. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Manager of the Maclean Hotel Phil Cardwell looks over the renovations in progress to the pub. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Top Pub’s fresh makeover

THE MACLEAN Hotel, alias the Top Pub, is undergoing the biggest interior makeover of its 110-year history.

"It's a complete change but it's all in keeping with the traditional nature of the place," manager Phil Cardwell said.

"The fittings are in the style of the old pub, in keeping with the historical context.

"The 15 rooms upstairs are all done and ready for guests and all the remaining 'renos' will be finished by December 13.

"Then it's full steam ahead for Christmas."

Mr Cardwell said that along with new owners, new fit-out and new kitchen, there was a new chef, Jeff Bouquet, preparing affordable family meals as well as bistro fare with a touch of fine dining.

There would be live bands on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, with US soul singer Lisa Hunt featuring on December 29.

"Down to the jumping castle out the back, this is a top family venue seriously worth checking out," Mr Cardwell said.

The first hotel on the site was a five-roomed wooden structure built in 1863 by John McLachlan for Alexander Cameron. Another seven rooms were added in 1875.

The present mock Tudor structure was built in 1903-04, with the upper storey containing 16 bedrooms, two parlours, a smoking room and a 'commercial' room.

Stables and a weatherboard billiard room adjoined the hotel.

The freehold remained in the Cameron family until 1923.



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