It’s got a new name, revamped menu and a totally transformed space—the Royal Hotel Nundah has undergone an impressive $1.1 million-dollar refurbishment and it’s fully deserving of a space on your must-visit list. 

A historic venue that dates back to 1888 has been revitalised for the modern Nundah community. As part of the transformation, the pub has returned to its original name (in recent years, the pub has been known as The Royal). 

The renovation has blended heritage architecture with modern flair. Architectural features, such as the decorative cornicing and exposed brick have been retained to maintain the traditional neighbourhood pub feel with an inviting atmosphere, reimagined for the modern era. 

Alfresco dining area with checkerboard floor, surrounded by trees and tables.
The outdoor terrace offers picturesque alfresco dining.

The first floor has been transformed into a new entertainment space, Royal Quarters, and is a fusion of modern elegance and character-filled charm. The versatile 200 capacity venue is well-equipped to host a variety of live entertainment for the whole community, including live bands & comedy nights, with a dedicated bar and a range of comfortable booth seating options. 

The refreshed bistro and terrace is a light-filled, family-friendly dining space for up to 120 patrons. The new fit out includes marble-look tables, checkerboard floors and wooden accents, with added pops of greenery brightening up the overall interior look. 

Beef skewers on a brown plate with fried calamari in the background.
You could make a whole meal of the share plate starters.

Along with the bistro’s interior refresh comes a new menu by Executive Chef Dylan Kemp, which elevates the traditional pub dining experience while still offering quality, classic pub favourites. 

To start, choose from fresh starters such as Moreton Bay bug roll with burnt butter or the grain-fed char-grilled beef skewers with miso and rice bubbles. Mains include pressed lamb shoulder with herbed yoghurt and pickled cucumber and pan seared reef fish alongside classics like the hand crumbed Beef Schnitzel, beef parmi and Stone & Wood battered fish and chips. 

Main courses Royal Nundah
Mouthwatering mains are perfect for long lunches or dinner.

The menu also includes sandwiches and burgers, salads and four pizzas. Donut fries with peanut brittle, baked brie cheesecake with mandarin and salted shortbread, and decadent chocolate fondant will reward diners who save room for dessert.

Venue Manager Naomi Franklin is excited to be opening the doors to the Royal Hotel. “Royal Hotel is a Nundah institution, and we are thrilled to be opening the doors again to our community. 

“It is a historic pub and a space for the entire family to enjoy no matter the occasion with weekly entertainment and an exciting new menu and interiors,” she says.

Donut Fries Royal Nundah

Royal Hotel will give back to the local community by supporting charity partner Mandate, which raises awareness for men’s health and funds for life-saving prostate cancer research through the Local Heroes program. 

The weekly fundraising promotion sees $1 from every Parmi sold each Wednesday donated. 

Royal Hotel 1259 Sandgate Road Nundah Qld. P. 07 3051 7619

Elizabeth Best

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