By MICK ROBERTS ©
We were invited to a ‘meet and greet’ at a derelict looking pub at Clifton, on the NSW South Coast in 2015 to hear plans for its restoration and transformation into an eatery and function centre.
Six years later those plans to restore the imperial Hotel were realised.
There was a good turn-out at the ‘meet and greet’, with old faces and identities sharing stories, enjoying a few drinks (good to see the old bar back in working order), and finger food, as well as a bit of musical entertainment, bringing to life the deserted and dusty corridors of the grand old lady.
The Imperial underwent restoration work after new owners, Shellharbour Workers Club bought the property from the WIN Television Corporation in 2015.
The Workers Club, while not relicensing the Imperial as a pub, have restored and re-opened the historic building as an eatery and function centre.
This is a history of an old pub, where dusty throated coalminers met and socialised over glasses of beer for over a century, and where today day-trippers and tourists gather to eat and drink while taking in magnificent coastal views.
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DIDAYNO #183: Sarah Bird is recognised as the first woman publican in the colonies of Australia, having been granted a license in New South Wales in 1797.
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