Launching Place Home Hotel

Launching Place Home Hotel


Posted 2023-09-04 by Tricia Ziemerfollow
A Great Stop for Community Groups

Original Home Hotel 1883

The Launching Place Hotel has been an icon in Launching Place Victoria since 1883. This Home Hotel is a historic and now locally owned pub located within the beautiful Yarra Valley. It is situated opposite the Yarra River and adjacent to the Warburton Rail Trail.

It was first established to cater for travellers heading to the Upper Yarra region. A post office opened at the site of the hotel in 1865, and as more settlers moved to the area, the Home Hotel was born.
New owners have completed superb renovations

It has changed hands many times over the years and was closed by prior owners before COVID. The new owners have completely renovated it to its former glory and more with the most modern fit-out, new menu, and live music as a tremendous highlight.

This used to be a favourite spot for bikers both push and petrol to stop and have a break in the beer garden. They will be so excited to find it is open for business again with welcoming staff and a stylised menu from the new chefs. They even hope local horse riders will tie up and stop for a feed.

Neil Shankley proud new welcoming owner

The new owners Neil and Robyn Shankley have been in the hospitality industry for 30 years, running a catering business and they decided to purchase the historic pub on Warburton Highway after noticing it was closed for some time, Neil states, "We are unashamedly local, and our food and drink is a showcase of what the Yarra Valley has to offer. Serving local craft beers alongside pub favourites we are sure you will find something you love. Our team of chefs have put together a menu of quality classics as well as some new favourites, with a focus towards seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients and local wines to match." It caters for all.

Gig Guide September 2023

There is an open MIC on Monday night and local live talent on Sunday afternoon. The locals are loving having their favourite pub back in full swing.
MG Car Club Victoria enjoys morning tea

Great venue for clubs, bike groups motor or pedal or pony clubs

And they are happy to open their doors early for morning teas as we found out with our MG Car Club. We had the most wonderful morning tea there before continuing our MG tour further afield. I think many would have just liked to stay and have lunch there as well.
Fabolous Renovations throughout that honour historical glow

MG Car Club treat at morning tea with fab service

I think our club will be back. They were so welcoming and nothing was too much. So if you are a community club enthusiast with any group, keep this venue in mind for your next "tour". I say get there whether it be by car, bike, horse, or hot air balloon. It is worth many stops and special family events.

Beer garden open and welcoming to all bike groups, community groups, pony clubs - all photos Tricia Ziemer


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