Welcome to The Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, home to the Eumundi Brewery or Brewmundi as it is affectionately called. The impressive Imperial Hotel is the focal centrepiece of the little hinterland village of Eumundi and has been courting locals and visitors since its inception in 1911. Can you believe that - The Imperial Hotel is more than one hundred years old!
Recently we had a 'date' in Eumundi with friends of ours, who were visiting all the way from Spain and The Imperial Hotel is definitely a bucket list item of 'must do' icons on the Sunshine Coast, besides also being a superb centrally-located 'where shall we meet?' spot.
With gorgeously colourful and creative decor, funky murals and an eclectic array of colourful furnishings, this sublime Queensland hotel draws you in, like a moth to a flame, to experience its magical allure. A mind-blowing cross-section of historical, bohemian art, creative pub classics and boutique brews, all add to the fascinating world of The Imperial Hotel in Eumundi.
This iconic Hotel's expansive sweeping verandahs overlook the leafy main street of Eumundi, perpetually busy with the town's creative community's activities and tourists keen to enjoy the creative buzz, that is Eumundi. This busyness is never more apparent than on world-famous Eumundi Market days, which are presently held twice a week on a Wednesday and a Saturday. But, no matter the day of the week, Eumundi is a treasured creative, friendly hub that locals and visitors swarm to, in their droves.
Overlooking the leafy main street of Eumundi from the sweeping verandahs
Besides being home to the Eumundi Markets, cultural offerings, boutique shopping and a variety of dining experiences, Eumundi is undoubtedly one of Australia's most loved tourist destinations. The pivotal to Eumundi, Imperial Hotel, offers an intimate location to relax, refresh and socialise.
We chose the Beer Garden area for our lunch rendezvous, which lends itself to the comings and goings of patrons, ensuring that we didn't miss our friends when they arrived for our 'date'. Even though it was lunchtime and the Markets were already winding down for the day, it was refreshing to note that The Imperial Hotel was relatively busy and it wasn't even a public holiday.
The Imperial Hotel is also home to the Eumundi Brewery, with their very own Eumundi Brewery Lager and Eumundi Brewery Pale Ale plus a selection of other seasonal beers. Visitors can book in for a sixty minute Eumundi Brewery Tasting Tour, either on a Wednesday online here, or on a Saturday online here. The Eumundi Brewery Tasting Tour will take you through the history of brewing in Eumundi and what makes the Eumundi amber liquid so more-some. Tour prices are $20 and $18 for pensioners/students; or $35 for a Tour Lunch combo (get to choose from the special Brewery lunch menu). All Brewery Tasting Tour prices include a 'tasting log'.
You never know what you'll find around the corner - a multi-coloured Winged Lion
I digress, let's get back to lunch. The artiness and creativity that surround you at The Imperial Hotel tends to make one forget the reason for being there in the first place - there's just so much to look at and to absorb! The Lunch Menu has everything from starters to burgers, tacos and schnitzels to Imperial Char steaks as well as a Little Munchkins menu.
Hubby and friend No. 1 must have been counting their calories, because their choice for lunch was identical - the starter of salt 'n pepper flash fried calamari served with Imperial aioli, for $19 - verdict: excellent with extremely tender calamari;
Friend No. 2's choice was the 'yellow-fin seared tuna burger with avocado salsa, pickled cucumber and wasabi mayonnaise on a charcoal brioche bun with sweet potato fries $22 - I forgot to ask for her verdict, but judging by the empty plate, I think I can safely attest to another very good choice.
The Imperial Hotel was extensively renovated in 2015 to cater for a new level of function capabilities, and is now a location dedicated to art and entertainment, with five different function areas, each with a distinct character and versatile layout options. Whether your function is a cocktail soirée or a sit-down dinner, a wedding or a corporate seminar, The Imperial Hotel will work with you to create a memorably successful event. To book an event that is professional, fun and creative, please call The Imperial Hotel Function and Events Manager, Nicky on 0458121972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively complete the Function Enquiry Form online here.
The perfect location destination for "where shall we meet?"
The Imperial Hotel in Eumundi is a strikingly vibrant hotel, offering visitors a multitude of reasons to visit. In my opinion, it's the perfect location destination for "where shall we meet?" - throw excellent food plus fabulous ambience into the equation and we have a sure-fire winner!