There’s something comforting about a pub that’s still a pub despite a schmick new look. That’s what I found when I went to check out The Terminus Hotel. I remembered it from my uni days when an old school friend lived in the street opposite and it was an easy place to catch up.
It’s like an iconic Melbournian has awoken from her slumber. Resurrected and reinvigorated, the ‘grand old lady’ of Abbotsford, The Terminus Hotel, is back. The good news is, she’s still green and you can still play bingo.
The landmark pub was earmarked for demolition and redevelopment when it came to the attention of Sand Hill Road hospitality group co-owners, Matt and Andy Mullins, Tom Birch and Doug Maskiell.
“When we all heard the Terminus Hotel was slated for demolition we decided then and there we had to try and save it. Having lived in nearby Buckingham Street for years, the Terminus was our local and it’s an institution none of us wanted to see disappear,” said Matt Mullins.
Melbourne hospitality group, Sand Hill Road, has gained a reputation for reinvigorating sites by adding interesting and dynamic spaces, while keeping true to the ideals of a local pub. Its renovation of the Terminus Hotel is no different.
The Terminus’ heritage protected façade remains the same unique shade of green but the interior received a total overhaul and re-imagining by its architects, Techne Architects. The result is a number of well laid out, interesting and different spaces within the venue to gather in with friends or family. Most notable is the central beer garden, a unique space that offers plenty of opportunity to chill out, relax and simply enjoy.
Designed to emulate a forest canopy, the new two level ‘urban jungle’ beer garden, complete with full sized trees and huge steel columns set at random angles, is topped with a glass roof that protects patrons from the elements, which is always a good idea in Melbourne!
The first floor, known as the Paris Tropical, is reminiscent of a classic roaring 1920s Parisian watering hole and has been designed with an air of extravagance, a hint of fun, and a dance floor that comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights.
With capacity for 516 patrons, the pub is served by five bars and has over 120 seats available for lunch and dinner bookings as well as reservation space for up to 80 people on the outdoor terrace and 150 people in the upstairs lounge via an elevator.
The Terminus Hotel will continue serve classic, fresh, accessible pub fare: favourites including chicken parmas, steaks, salads and seafood, but re-created and re-imagined for Melbourne’s pub lovers. I tried the parma – it’s good. And big. Which is what is expected in a pub so that the blokes don’t go hungry I guess. The service is spot on: friendly, knowledgable and attentive whilst remaining light and casual.
With the Carlton Brewery just around the corner, the venue can lay claim to serving ‘Australia’s freshest unpasteurised beer’ with the amber fluid delivered daily by tankers.
“The Terminus Hotel is all about locals and creating a sense of community for the thousands of people that now live near the pub. We sincerely hope the locals embrace the new Terminus and we look forward to welcoming each and every one,” adds Mullins.
The Terminus Hotel is located at 605 Victoria Street, Abbotsford and is open from midday until late daily and 3:00am every Friday and Saturday night.