Clifton’s historic pub up for sale

Imperial Hotel, Clifton 1910

Imperial Hotel, Clifton 1910

CLIFTON’S landmark historic hotel, The Imperial will be auctioned by owner WIN Corporation.

The pub ceased trading in November 2003 due to a lack of passing trade when Lawrence Hargrave Drive was closed after a landslide. Sea Cliff Bridge opened two years later, but it came too late for the pub, which has remained empty since.

Colliers International will manage the sale and said the boarded-up heritage site was expected to fetch “into the millions” despite its run-down condition. WIN Corporation have indicated they no longer have a use for the building after 30 years of ownership.

The hotel was established by Alfred Broadhead in 1884 as a miners’ pub, before Reschs Brewery bought and demolished the original structure, erecting the two-storey hotel that stands today.

Wollongong City Council has approved a development application for the Imperial to trade as a hotel. It’s also zoned for residential use.

The auction will be held on-site on Saturday March 14.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


2 thoughts on “Clifton’s historic pub up for sale

  1. Reblogged this on Time Gents.


    Posted by Mick Roberts | February 3, 2015, 11:40 am
  2. Rumour has it there might soon be another brewery serving Bulli -Woonona & the Notthern suburbs!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Michael | May 18, 2015, 12:38 pm

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