The Originals: Tavern has changed with the times


STOCK UP: The drive-through bottleshop is popular with Engadine Tavern's customers.

STOCK UP: The drive-through bottleshop is popular with Engadine Tavern's customers.

Engadine Tavern has been part of the local community since the 1950s - and that's a tradition the new owners are keen to continue.

It was first established by Millers Brewery and bought by local Shire entrepreneur Kevin Francis Liddy in 1978.

He renovated the hotel and renamed it Liddy's Engadine Family Tavern.

It was renovated again in 2007, resulting in its current layout of two main balconies, two modern public bars, a comfortable gaming room and a TAB.

General manager Blake Johnson said the current ownership took over in July 2018 and has made a few changes.

"Since purchasing the venue we have changed things up significantly with a number of new and exciting promotions on offer," Mr Johnson said.

"We also have a wide variety of bands performing live in the function centre.

"We have had Mental as Anything, Radiators and The Cassettes to name just a few.

"The tavern has increased our presence in the nightlife scene of the community and created a safe and fun environment on Friday and Saturday nights."

The Tavern also aims to be family-friendly and offers a community-based venue were people of all ages can feel welcome.

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They run activities for children over the school holidays such as cooking classes and have supported local initiatives in the community, including Care 4 Kids, a charity organisation which provides care packs for children who are suffering due to domestic violence.

"The Engadine Tavern was an established venue and supporter of the community long before we took it over and we wish to continue this tradition by supporting the local sporting teams such as the Engadine Dragons," Mr Johnson said. "Having run taverns such as this in the past we believe we have what it takes to create a venue that accommodates all ages, while also ensuring we are here for the benefit of the community."

Mr Johnson said the tavern's casual relaxed atmosphere meant patrons could enjoy watching live sports on the big screen, dining in the bistro or taking advantage of the VIP room and full TAB / Keno facilities.

There's also a drive-through bottleshop with "'full wait in your car service" and Friday and Saturday night entertainment until late.

"Rather than accommodating a particular age group, we have expanded to provide a venue that will be suited for a wide range of ages from children to adults," Mr Johnson said.

"Watch this space as there are many other exciting changes on the way."

Engadine Tavern is at 50 Station Street, Engadine. Phone 9520 8882.