The Royal Hotel has stood on the corner of William and Wellington streets for 140 years, and now it’s getting the revival of the century thanks to one of Perth’s hospitality heavyweights.
John Parker, the legend behind The Standard in Northbridge, says the old pub used to be a hive of activity. “She was the true epicentre and melting pot of Perth, and just a great Australian pub. We might not be bringing back the card-game scuffles, the flocks of sheep crashing through the Saloon window, the bar brawls with ex-Sheriffs, or the fireworks in the front bar (all true), but it will be the same mixed hub and a helluvalotta fun,” says Parker.
Covering two floors, The Royal will be made up of a corner saloon and restaurant at street level, with two bars on the first floor. The iconic verandah will be restored to its former glory, offering the perfect opportunity to people watch over Yagan Square and William Street below. There’ll also be a private dining room and function space that can be booked out.
Parker has enlisted architecture and interior design firm Milieu Creative with the reimagining of the building which was originally built in 1882.
“We wanted to retain The Royal’s history and charm wherever possible, but also blend her creatively with contemporary features. New additions are distinct for contrast, and we’re opening previously unseen areas to the public. We’ve created different personalities for each area so there’s variety and vibrancy. It’s going to be noisy, fun and upbeat,” says Parker.
Pegged to open later this year, stay tuned for a first look at the menu and interiors, or follow along here.
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