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Posted 2023-06-21 by Zahra in the Saharafollow
Stepping Back in Time: The Architectural Masterpiece and Heartfelt Journey of

Step back in time and join us on a historical journey through the majestic . As one of Adelaide's freshest hotel experiences, it harbours a rich tapestry of history nestled within its intricate Victorian-style edifice, accentuated by the masonry walls, stucco detailing, and an indomitable persona.

As far back as 1857, the heritage-listed building has stood tall in an important residential area, captivating the townsfolk with its stunning architecture. It bears witness to the vibrant community that flourished around it, housing the remarkable testimonial dinner for John McDouall Stuart in 1858. The essence of the Victorian era breathes life into the structure, offering an authentic glimpse into the 1876-1884 boom.

The holds a timeless allure, punctuating the "Village Centre" of Kent Town with its historic charm. The narrative of this beloved hotel evolved over time, previously known as the Tap Inn and Jungle Restaurant, and today, it stands resplendent from a $7 million revamp, firmly rooting itself back into the heart of the community. The excitement doesn't end here, with plans for a major accommodation project on the horizon.

As someone profoundly moved by the stunning architecture I've witnessed in Rome and Europe, the resonates deeply with me. I carry a reverence for such architectural feats from my tenure at the renowned South Australian firm, Woods Bagot. This admiration for venue structures and fit-outs earned me the title of an 'aesthete', a badge I wear with pride.

A recent visit to the offered a delightful surprise. As I expressed my admiration for the work of the architect who had masterfully transformed the space, the bartender revealed that the creative genius was none other than his father, Tom Hannah. Pride twinkled in his eyes as he shared the story of the latest renovation, cleverly termed 'Locals Style Fit out' that emerged from the ashes of Covid.

Tom Hannah, an Adelaide native, embarked on his hotelier journey in 1982 with the Gouger Hotel. By 1997, he was breathing new life into the Earl of Leicester Hotel, introducing a concept that artfully blended bar and restaurant menus. His creativity flourished in 1999 with the transformation of the Ovingham Hotel into the Bombay Bicycle Club, a British Raj India-themed venue that reinvented the customer experience.

His innovation journey continued with the creation of the Tap Inn, a tourist icon that garnered accolades as Australia's best hotel redevelopment. Following this, Tom took back the lease and birthed the Jungle Restaurant, a lively jungle-themed venue that hosted countless celebrations.

In the face of the challenges posed by Covid, Tom donned the hat of a project manager and builder, spearheading the redevelopment when the original builder didn't show. His latest renovation, though devoid of an indoor driving range or jungle theme, is punctuated with distinct features like a lolly trolley, bottle shop, and witty signage.

Tom's architectural journey is a shared one. His wife, Lara, is his business partner, having worked together for 15 years before their personal relationship blossomed. Their son, Tom Jnr, is an integral part of this legacy, playing the role of assistant manager at the . This family affair infuses a unique charm into the very foundation of the hotel.

The is a vibrant hub for a variety of events, from corporate events to birthday parties. From its charming main restaurant to the cosy Room of Quotes or the enchanting Billiard Room, each space is thoughtfully designed for an unforgettable experience.

The restaurant prides itself on using the finest South Australian produce, offering a delightful variety of international cuisine. For wine lovers, the Kent Town Cellars is a veritable treasure chest, boasting over 400 local, interstate and international labels.

The hotel, with its old-world charm and contemporary flair, is a local favourite. Its enduring appeal invites visitors to be a part of its rich history. In my heart, I often wish the was my local.

Set in the heart of Adelaide, the invites you to experience a slice of history nestled within its elegant architecture, savour its culinary offerings, and immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere.

Kent Town is here to serve you:
Sunday - Thursday: 07:00 - 00:00
Friday - Saturday: 07:00 - 02:00

For enquiries visit their website:

Join them at 76 Rundle Street, Kent Town SA 5067, and become part of the 's storied history.

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