Bars & Pubs

The Terminus Hotel Reopens in Abbotsford

By Maddison Capuano
7th Aug 2014

After a two year hiatus and an intense, game changing makeover, the grand old lady of Abbotsford, the Terminus Hotel, will throw open its doors tomorrow. Andy Mullins, Matt Mullins, Doug Maskiell and Tom Birch, the boys behind renowned hospo clan, Sand Hill Road group, saved the iconic venue from a fate far worse than death (aka residential redevelopment) and, after months of preparation, are finally ready to unleash the revamped watering hole upon a new generation of local revelers.

To bring The Terminus back to life, the boys enlisted the help of serial collaborators Techne Architects. These interior geniuses have racked up several notches on their work belt already – they assisted in the revamp of Sand Hill Road's Richmond Club Hotel and The Bridge Hotel – but far from running out of ideas, they have dreamt up something entirely unique and absolutely spectacular for this venue.

Step inside from Victoria Street and you are met with a bright bar with clean lines and timber accents – as Andy notes, 'it's a throwback to what a public bar used to be.' Walk in a little further, however, and you will discover new meaning to the term 'Urban Jungle'; vines wrap themselves around the elongated light fittings, jungle print wall paper covers the elevated ceiling, and the central beer garden is alive with a mass of gorgeous, well placed trees and plants.

But The Terminus is more than just a pretty face. Rather than load up their cellar with kegs of Carlton Draught, they have instead taken advantage of the Carlton brewery being right around the corner, and installed six giant beer vats, three in the front bar and three in the beer garden. The draught flows straight from these vats through to the taps, and is therefore probably the purest, tastiest Carlton you'll find in Melbourne. And of course, there's the famous Karma Keg – every Friday at 5pm, each Sand Hill Road venue taps a keg of Carlton Draught and lets you choose how much you'll pay for a pot, with all sale proceeds going towards community projects and charities.

While the classic façade of the Terminus Hotel remains untouched – it looks just as it always has been from the outside, cracks and all – Andy is anticipating a bit of a hard time from true blue locals who still remember the ways of the old Termi. In an effort to address this potential backlash, he has compiled a heartfelt ode to these faithful few, which is printed on the wall near the stairs on the lower level. And just in case his stirring words aren't enough to appease the masses, The Terminus is bringing back weekly bingo nights on Wednesdays, with the original stars of Bingo at the Termi, Trev and Sparx, back at the helm. So we have a little of the old mixed in with the new. It's beautiful, really.

As for the food menu, the boys have decided to keep things simple, and offer up your pub staples like fish and chips, porterhouse steak, pulled pork sliders and parmigiana. However, if you've got your fancy pants on one evening, they also offer crispy skinned salmon, beef cheeks, and a range of other delish dishes. Plus, every Sunday they'll be whipping up a barbecue in the beer garden, and will offer $14 steaks and parmas on different nights throughout the week.

The new Terminus Hotel might offer the same ingenuity and ability to awe that we've come to know and love from Sand Hill Road's ventures, but, like these others, it also provides a unique aura. The Richmond Club, for example, is more of a sports bar; The Prahran Hotel is more serious; The Bridge Hotel was innovative with its laneway vibe. The Terminus, as Andy puts it, has irreverence. It's a bar primarily for the people, designed to offer a relaxed space to be enjoyed for generations, just as the original Termi was.

Image Credits: Ryan Noreiks

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