The Ad­mi­rals Arms – Un­der New Man­age­ment

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Of­ten re­ferred to by Coromandel lo­cals as, ‘The Bot­tom Pub’, The Ad­mi­rals Arms is an his­toric two-storey ho­tel con­ve­niently lo­cated right in the heart of town. Orig­i­nally known as The Gol­conda Ho­tel, it was granted its first liquor li­cense in the heady gold rush days of 1872. It wasn’t un­til 1975 that it was re­named ‘The Gol­conda Tav­ern’, and that lasted un­til 1998 when the ho­tel name was changed to The Ad­mi­rals Arms Ho­tel.

The Ad­mi­rals Arms right­fully boasts of be­ing the only pub in town with sea views over the Karaka Stream to the Coromandel Har­bour from its up­per deck. Dur­ing its 144-year his­tory, the pub has been a pop­u­lar spot, start­ing in the hey­day of the min­ing boom right up un­til to­day. It’s a place where tourists and lo­cals alike mix and min­gle in his­toric sur­round­ings.

As of Au­gust 11, 2016, The Ad­mi­rals Arms Ho­tel has been un­der new man­age­ment. The pub’s new li­censee is Kelvin Rick­etts. Although new to the li­cense trade in New Zealand, Kelvin is not un­known to the in­dus­try, for a large num­ber of his fam­ily in­clud­ing un­cles and cousins and Kelvin him­self were, or still are, pub­li­cans back in Dorset and Som­er­set in the South of Eng­land.

One of Kelvin’s first tasks was to re­open the up­stairs res­tau­rant and out­side deck. The Top Deck Res­tau­rant & Café will of­fer a re­laxed ca­sual dining en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the day­time serv­ing a gas­tro-pub style brunch with veni­son, surf and turf, sir­loin steak, Thai beef salad, chow­der, scal­lops and fish and chips on the menu.

Specials due to be in­tro­duced in sum­mer will in­clude a bucket of mus­sels for $25 and a bucket of beers for $25 – per­fect for four peo­ple or even just two peo­ple who might be both hun­gry and thirsty. In the evenings the Top Deck will be re­dressed to be­come a res­tau­rant with its own sep­a­rate am­biance of­fer­ing a com­pletely dif­fer­ent menu choice for din­ers.

In keep­ing with its out­door theme, the down­stairs Gol­conda Gar­den Bar is a great place to com­bine a cold pint or glass of wine with an al­fresco meal. To get into the feel of sum­mer on week­ends, the out­door wood-fired pizza oven will be pro­duc­ing gourmet piz­zas and the bar­be­cue will be run­ning hot with staff serv­ing siz­zling steaks and sausages that all the fam­ily can en­joy – by the way, kids are very wel­come when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

On the menu in The Gold Rush Lounge Bar will be many lo­cal favourites such as tasty sal­ads, burg­ers, steaks and na­chos with some added en­hance­ments such as specials and a wider choice of veg­e­tar­ian meals that are bound to re­ceive huge ticks of cus­tomer ap­proval.

Over in the Port O’Call Sports Bar pa­trons will find two pool ta­bles, two darts boards and a warm wel­come year-round. In the fu­ture darts and pool com­pe­ti­tions are planned, reg­u­lar karaoke and live mu­sic nights, with all the pro­ceeds from the Thurs­day night meat raf­fle go­ing to char­i­ties. There is also a TAB and large screen TVs on site too.

For out-of-town trav­ellers look­ing for a friendly place to rest their heads, The Ad­mi­rals Arms also of­fers an up­per storey ac­com­mo­da­tion wing with three dif­fer­ent room con­fig­u­ra­tions to choose from, two shared bath­rooms and a shared kitchen and lounge area.

So the next time you’re head­ing to Coromandel, pop into The Ad­mi­rals Arms for a warm wel­come in a fam­ily friendly at­mos­phere – a win­ning Coromandel com­bi­na­tion!

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