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Published January 22nd 2021
Sample a historic suburban pub
Located within the Newmarket Village Shopping precinct, the Newmarket Hotel is a historic, urban Brisbane pub. After a modern, renewed facelift, it combines the original feel of a local corner drinking hole with a new and sophisticated meeting, dining and entertainment venue on the edge of the CBD.



History of the Hotel
The Newmarket Hotel holds centre stage on the corner of Enoggera Road in Newmarket - a place it has called its own for over 8 decades. The hotel was erected for Mrs M. A. Crowe and was a substantial two-storey brick structure for the time. The architects were Addison and Macdonald of Brisbane.

Photo courtesy McAuliffe Painting


When news of the development of the New Hotel quickly spread after it was first signalled, Brisbane's local newspaper, The Courier Mail, was quick to report of the emerging drinking hole. On 19 November 1940, it printed a very detailed description of the ambitious plan for the building and all of its state of the art facilities of the time.

It wrote that:

"Externally the hotel will have a modern appearance, and will be built of buff-coloured face bricks and red face brick trimmings. The bars will be provided with plenty of natural light because of the lavish use of glass bricks, which are embodied in the design.

The ground floor will comprise public and saloon bars, lounge, parlours, dining room, kitchen, lavatories, etc., and the first floor comprises bedrooms, bathrooms, and writing lounge. The walls of the public bar will be finished in tiles and the saloon bar in Queensland maple. All modern equipment is provided, and each bedroom will have a set-in basin with running water."

The Newmarket Hotel today
This plan indeed went ahead and served the hotel and its occasional and long term visitors and guests well. The hotel has undergone several redevelopments and upgrades since then, including in 2005.



It now features a restaurant, gaming room and public bar. The original art deco influenced facade has been retained, which is a circular front where the windows of the original bedrooms must have been. Access to the "Newie," as it was coined by the locals, can be gained from the Newmarket Village.





The Restaurant
My main stop at The Newmarket was to have lunch at the restaurant. It is a comfortable space which features indoor and outdoor seating options. The indoor area has high ceilings, industrial-style exposed air-conditioning ducts and floor to wall doors and windows giving it light and airiness. Televisions are mounted on the walls with a host of sports events to watch while you eat.

Step out of the indoor restaurant and onto an outdoor deck, with hedged plants and umbrellas, overlooking the village and running alongside busy Enoggera Road - a main thoroughfare to the city.

The staff at the restaurant are friendly and welcoming in showing you to your table and efficient in taking orders and delivering food.

The Menu
The menu includes a variety of dishes including grazier steaks (and additional steak toppers), salads, seafood, and desserts and a specials board. There's also a seniors menu with prices ranging from $7.00 - $13.00. And for the kids, meals are all $15.00 for under 12s.



I sampled the Steak Sandwich, which was served on Turkish bread and accompanied by a side of chips. ($19.00) It was fresh, wholesome, nicely cooked and a good decision. My meal was finished off with a warm chai latte with a sweet, cheeky, chocolate on the side.



On a follow-up visit, I enjoyed the graziers pie ($22.00) with a side of fluffy mash, mushy peas and vegetables while my guest had the same but with a side of fresh salad. We both left with very contented tummies and were pleased with our selections.



What Else?
As well as the restaurant, the hotel has two bars: The Sports Bar and The Market Bar. Both are light and comfortable with The Market Bar just edging out the other in sophistication and top-shelf selections.



For those who like to dabble on the pokies, The Newmarket is home to 40 gaming machines.



But if sport and comedy are more your preference, The Newmarket also hosts the Sit Down Comedy Club nights and is the official host of UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Finally, for take-away options, a drive-through bottle-o is situated on the Ground Level of the Village car park to grab a bottle or two to take home.

Overall, The Newmarket Hotel is an enjoyable close to the city pub with friendly staff, delicious meals and sporting and gaming options which is situated 6km from the Brisbane CBD. It integrates the old, original design with a new and modern upgrade suitable for today's dining and entertainment needs. It is well worth checking out for yourself.

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Why? Visit an Historic Brisbane pub
When: 10am - 4am Monday - Sunday
Where: 135 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket QLD 4051
Cost: Moderate
Your Comment
Sounds a beaut place for a good feed. Not too pretentious like some eateries today.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1738) 44 days ago
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