Cheers to his­tory

Com­mer­cial mostly un­changed

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

WHEN An­thony Murphy first caught a glimpse of the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel in Cordalba as he drove down the hill through the cane fields, he in­stantly felt a con­nec­tion with it.

By sun­set the very same day, he pur­chased the ho­tel.

Eleven years on, he hasn’t looked back.

Rem­i­nisc­ing on his time at the ho­tel, Mr Murphy said he had en­joyed the “coun­try at­mos­phere” and di­ver­sity of pa­trons who had walked through the doors.

He said the ho­tel had a charm like no other.

“With its at­mos­phere, her­itage and quirk­i­ness, it is a must-see for those both liv­ing here and trav­el­ling through,” he said.

“The ho­tel has a feel like no other,” he said.

Mr Murphy, who is pas­sion­ate about the rich his­tory of the ho­tel and the small town, says the ho­tel has re­mained vir­tu­ally un­changed.

“The struc­ture of the pub has never changed. The ho­tel still looks vir­tu­ally the same as it was when it was first built, ex­cept for the ad­di­tion of the back sun deck. We’ve got pho­tos from the 1890s and it still looks ex­actly the same.”

While the restau­rant has been closed for almost a year, the kitchen has been lov­ingly re­stored back to its for­mer glory with the help of the ho­tel’s man­ager Allen Gib­bin and friends.

This year marks 120 years since the his­toric ho­tel was first granted a li­cence to op­er­ate, and An­thony

An­thony Murphy The ho­tel still looks vir­tu­ally the same as it was when it was first built.

Murphy plans to cel­e­brate the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

The hote­lier is invit­ing you to help him cel­e­brate the mile­stone this week­end.

Cel­e­bra­tions will be held on Satur­day and Sun­day, with a free sausage siz­zle, live en­ter­tain­ment through­out the af­ter­noon and a jumping cas­tle.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RAISE A GLASS: The Com­mer­cial Ho­tel has been a popular wa­ter­ing hole over the decades. Now the pic­turesque ho­tel is about to cel­e­brate the 120th an­niver­sary of the day it was first granted a li­cense to op­er­ate.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN150814PUB6

UNIQUE CHARACTER: Cordalba's Com­mer­cial Ho­tel owner An­thony Murphy and man­ager/chef Allen Gib­bin will be cel­e­brat­ing the ho­tel’s 120th an­niver­sary this week­end.

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