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Published September 8th 2021
Forget Mary Ann - the courtyard is all Queen Anne
One of my mother's old sayings to describe an attractive house frontage, with a back which was ugly and preferably out of sight, was said to have a "Queen Anne front and a Mary Ann back". Do you remember hearing that one?
On a recent visit to the Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba, we stumbled across a pub that reminded me of my mum's saying, albeit being totally the opposite. The front of the hotel could have done with a little love, but the back half, the dining area and courtyard, was just smashing! Let me tell you about it because, at only two kilometres out of Toowoomba Central, it is charming and less frantic than some of the tourist venues in the city.
The Royal Hotel at 189 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, first opened in 1866 and was a popular meeting place for local railway employees. The Spring Hill Hotel, as it was known in those days, burnt down in 1904 and was rebuilt reopening in 1906. In 1949, it became The Royal and it still retains much of its "hospitality for the everyman" ambience.
I was immediately taken by the fragrance from the vases of fresh flowers sitting on all the tables - inside and out. I can't vouch that this was for the Carnival or an everyday occurrence, though it was an awesome touch.