The Normanby Hotel in Red Hill Goes on the Market Again

Brisbane landmark The Normanby Hotel is on the market again three years after its $4-million refurbishment. The heritage-listed property and popular waterhole is just a few metres away from the upcoming major development of the Brisbane Live arena.

CBRE Hotels’ National Pubs Director Paul Fraser will steer the sale of The Normanby Hotel for Middle Head Ventures owned by Jaz Mooney. Following its substantial refurbishment, Mr Fraser said that the pub has been modernised and will have a “very limited need for immediate capital expenditure” for the next investor.  

The refurbishment has provided the 4,162-square metre with multiple bars, restaurants, a beer garden, and functions areas, as well as 35 gaming machine authorities. 

The hotel’s establishment dates back to 1890 and despite its age, the pub still has its best years ahead of it.

Mr Fraser also said that the hotel will be in a prime position to continue to prosper given its proximity to the upcoming 18,000-seat arena above the new Roma Street Cross River Rail station, which is expected to stimulate the economy of the precinct for the next 25 years. 

“Occupying over an acre of land, 2km from the Brisbane CBD, the asset assures an incoming purchaser a long-term development play with multiple feasible uses such as short-term accommodation or retail offerings.”

Industry insiders estimate that the freehold going concern of the property, which Mr Mooney acquired in 2019 for $11.5 million, could sell at $16 million.

Normanby Hotel in Red Hill Reopens as a Family-Friendly Establishment after $3.5M Revitalisation

In May 2019, Normanby Hotel in Red Hill underwent a four-month, $3.5-million refurbishment from its new owners, the Pelathon Management Group headed by Jaz Mooney. After the transformation, the hotel has reopened to reclaim its original stature as a family-friendly establishment.

Gone are the boozy and wild car park parties that have bothered the locals for years. Instead, Mr Mooney and his team have rebuilt the heritage-listed site as a beautiful pub and sports lounge with poker machines and several function rooms for private parties on the second floor.

Pelathon Management Group sought the help of the Winchester Group under Shaun Dunleavy to revitalise the hotel. Apart from bringing back the structure to its old glory, the designers replanted a new, large fig tree to replace the plant missing from the site since 2016. 

Like the hotel that was erected in 1890, the fig tree became an iconic landmark in Red Hill. Its replanting also symbolizes the hotel’s return to its old roots, where new memories could flourish. 

Photo Credit: The Normanby Hotel/Facebook
Photo Credit: The Normanby Hotel/Facebook

The Normanby Hotel, which re-opened in the spring, also features an on-site craft brewery. The establishment even welcomes families with their dogs in some of its assigned spaces.

Pelathon Management Group won a two-year lease for the hotel after its purchase in May for $11 million. Their takeover comes as plans to build a 15-storey complex around to the hotel were rejected by the Council. 

Mr Mooney also said that the car park area will be enhanced next year while considering how to redevelop its next-door sites. 

The developer, who is credited for also revitalising the Grand Hotel at Central Station, said that he’s really a publican at heart with an extensive background and restoration. He believes in protecting Australia’s heritage sites. 

The Normandby Hotel was built in 1890 by the Burtons, whose generations of family members ran the hotel until 1944. It was named after the Normanby Fiveways adjacent to the hotel.

Experience Pint Of Science In Paddington & Red Hill

Pint of Science all started in the UK when scientists would gather at a local pub to talk about their latest research whilst enjoying a pint of beer with the locals. From such an innocuous start, a festival called Pint of Science was born.

Since its informal beginnings, this festival has been held every May, in almost 300 cities across 21 different countries all over the world, including Australia.

Brisbane is one of the 16 cities in the country that will celebrate the festival on 14-16 May. Here in the west, you can catch it at The Paddo in Paddington and The Normanby Hotel in Red Hill.

The schedule for The Paddo (Restaurant):

  • 14 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Disruptive technologies: VR at work
  • 15 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Learning and the ageing brain
  • 16 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Mental Health: There’s an app for that

The schedule for The Paddo (Trophy Room)

  • 14 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Disruptive technologies: Al and robots
  • 15 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Under the microscope: beer and inflammation
  • 16 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Mind matters

The schedule for The Normanby Hotel:

  • 14 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – The small scale: molecules and disease
  • 15 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Here comes the future: Al and 3D printing
  • 16 May / 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – All in your head

During this mind-enriching and interactive festival, you can ask questions and even present your own ideas.

Each presentation will cost you $6 and you can book your tickets here.