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Old Royal revival

Thursday, 2nd January, 2014

Steve and Noelene Sliwka have been hard at work preparing to reopen the Old Royal Hotel. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Steve and Noelene Sliwka have been hard at work preparing to reopen the Old Royal Hotel. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

Steve Sliwka’s dream of reopening the Old Royal Hotel is slowly beginning to take shape with renovations now underway.

The new owner and his wife Noelene are now removing cement rendering inside the building in an attempt to address salt damp problems.

Bigger tasks lay ahead however, including a complete redesign of the interior.

Mr Sliwka said he is determined to bring the hotel up to speed while retaining as much of the building’s traditional character as possible.

“We’ll keep anything to do with the people and the pub ... anything that tells a story,” he said.

Under the renovation plans the former dining area will become the main bar, and the current bar will be transformed for dining and coffee.

An all-new kitchen will provide meals for patrons, with char-grilled steak being the focus.

A variety of beers will be available on up to 12 taps inside, while another four taps will be located in the beer garden.

On the exterior Mr Sliwka said he plans to remove the cement rendering to return the building to its stone finish, while the beer garden will also get a complete makeover.

In the future he also hopes to establish alfresco dining and expand the second storey to offer accommodation.

“There’s a lot to do, but we’re optimistic,” said Mr Sliwka.

“If you create the right atmosphere people will be comfortable and they’ll want to keep coming back.”

Although the renovations are expected to take a great deal of time, Mr Sliwka said he hopes to have beer pouring for patrons by the end of February.

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