Cheers to  historic Rutherford Hotel revamp| PHOTOS

RENOVATION RUMBLE: Rutherford Hotel’s new owner Stephen Hunt has big plans for the highway landmark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.It is a western suburbs landmark, few realising its historical significance and its former name The Union Inn.
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Rutherford Hotel is a huge part of Maitland’s history, a watering hole with a colourful past and a business about to undergoa massive facelift.

The hotel and adjoining land has recently been purchased for an undisclosed sum by SJH Hospitality, the same owners of The Kent and CBD hotels inNewcastle.

SJH Hospitality CEO Stephen Hunt has big plans for the iconic highway pub and wants to retain its heritage.

In a bid to find out more about the hotel’s past Mr Hunt contacted Maitland Historical Society.

The hotel was built as an inn in 1851 known asThe Union Inn and was renamedRutherford Hotel when publican Miles Kelly took it over in 1875.

The Maitland Mercury reported in 1909 that “important additions and alterations” werebeing made to the hotel consisting of the construction of an upper storey and the remodelling and complete renovation of the original building.

The work was carried out by W Taylor and Sons to plans and specifications prepared by architect James Warren Scobie.

The additions of brick, the walls plastered, with pine ceilings and new rooms were constructed in accordance with the Liquor Act along with a balcony along the front supported on cast iron columns with “handsome brackets and frieze”, The Mercury report said.

Mr Hunt, who lives in the Maitland area, said the latest round of renovations will include an internal refit and rebranding.

He declined to reveal how much was being spent on the project but said the overall plan would be three to fouryears in the making.

“Rutherford Hotel has great potential and thispart of town is such a huge growth area,” Mr Hunt said.

“Each armof the hotel’s business will be getting a bit of love,” he said.

“The bottle shop will be revamped and rebranded with new signs and logos, there will be new uniforms for the staff and we will be spicing up the menu a little,” Mr Hunt said.

“The building will have a complete repaint but we don’t want to modernise it too much, we just want to pay homage to its historical significance so heritage colours will be used where possible.”

The pub’s gaming room will be relocated with a focus on more interior function space.

Improvements will start as soon as the changes are officially rubber stamped by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

Rugby league great and St George Dragons life memberEddie Lumsden is a former Rutherford Hotelpublican andstill visits the hotel. Hewore 15 Test caps for Australia from1959 to1963.

PEEK back through the archives at how the region’s pubs and patronshave transformed.

Cheers to  historic Rutherford Hotel revamp| PHOTOS Largs Hotel 1993 pub wins award Around the table at Largs Hotel Ron Lawler (drinking) 44years, Peter Robinson 10 years, Basil Andrews 30 years, Tom Salter 30 years, and Doug Cook 25 years toast the pubs success taken by Waide Maguire 6-7-1993

Bellbird Hotel Cessnock. Publican David George (right). Date 10th May 1984.

Kent Hotel 1991 Public Bar Kent Hotel Hamilton Photo by Dean Osland 6-6-1991

Harry Jackson of Maryville looks over the match striking plates in the Kent Hotel Hamilton Photo by Waide Maguire 16-8-1990

Cambridge Hotel. Bill Anderson from Hobart and Leila Hendler from Merewether.Date 8th March 1988.

Interior of the Imperial Hotel, Maitland, in July 1987. Picture by John Herrett

Iron Horse 1991 Iron Horse Inn Cardiff

Iron Horse 1991 Iron Horse Inn Cardiff HUNTER PUB LIFE photo by John Herrett 5-6-1991

Kent Hotel 1991 Kent Hotel Hamilton Bistro – bar area Photo by Dean Osland 6-6-1991

Kent Hotel 1990 Const Dale Gollan and Pauline Stirling part owner of the Kent

Lass O’Gowrie Hotel 1991 Wickham HUNTER PUB LIFE Photo by John Herrett 4-6-1991

Kent Hotel 1993 Lyn M’Crohan and bar manager Frank Sottovia and a regular Photo by Ken Robson 12-1-1993

Largs Hotel 1994 AHA Award for excellence “Outstanding Community Service & achievment John Galea and Vicki Galea owners photo by Eddie Cross 1-12-1994

Lass O’Gowrie Hotel 1982 PHOTO BY gEORGE sTEELE used NH 4-1-1982

Kent Hotel 1990

1992 Renovated hotel Hunter on Hunter photo by Darren Pateman 27-8-1992

Junction Tavern 1991 Junction Tavern Main Bar Photo by Anita Jones

Peta Longue, Benjamin Gilmour and Alex Blanning. Leopard Lounge. Date 18th february 1999.

Cambridge Hotel. Peta Longue, Benjamin Gilmour and Alex Blanning. Leopard Lounge. Date 18th february 1999.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Date 15th March 1990.

Bushwacker Hotel. Date 28th November 1975.

Clarendon Hotel. Licence 100 years. Graham Peate from Merewether been drinking there since he was 18 and Miss Vi Lane licencee dressed in gown 100 y.o.. Date 30th October 1991. Copy Photo by PHIL HEARNE

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Dave Williams.Date 25th February 1988.

Bunnan Hotel. Stan Scaysbrook, Sexy the duck and Margaret Scaysbrook. Looking on Albert Bramley.Date 26th February 1986.

Clarendon Hotel rear. Date 26th April 1984.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. .Date 18th November 1988.

Blackbutt Hotel. Dining area. Date 6th December 1978.

Bunnan Hotel. Margaret Scaysbrook followed by Sexy the duck. Date 26th February 1986.

Bunnan Hotel. Margaret Scaysbrook. Date 26th February 1986. Copy Photo by PHIL HEARNE

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Date 18th November 1988.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Date 9th December 1991.

Clarendon Hotel. Date 28th March 1991.

Clarendon Hotel. Licence 100 yers. Miss Vi Lane licencee lighting the candles. Date 30th October 1991.

Bunk House, Stan Scaysbrook. Date 26th February 1986.

Blackbutt Hotel. Date 18th May 1986.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Date 9th December 1991.

Cambridge Hotel. Manager Steve Northey.Date 7th May 1998.

Albion Hotel Wickham.

Caves Beach Hotel. 12th December 1997.

Caves Beach Hotel. Eatery Date 12th December 1997.

Gunyah Hotel. Kiel Emerton and Terry Brain partners at Gunyah Hotel. Date 20th March 1998.

Caves Beach Hotel. Restaurant Date 18th January 2000.

Caves Beach Hotel. 12th December 1997.

David Gazzoli and Ron Lindsay. Date 12th November 1999.

Caves Beach Hotel. 12th December 1997.

Beach Hotel Merewether. Jocelyn Bell serves a sub zero. Pic by Ron Bell. 27th December 1995.

Clarendon Hotel. David Gazzoli and Ron Lindsay. Date 12th November 1999.

Clarendon Hotel. Ron Lindsay. Date 23rd Feruary 2000.

Beach Hotel Merewether. Jocelyn Bell serves a sub zero. Pic by Ron Bell. 27th December 1995.

Caves Beach Hotel. Eatery Date 8th May 1998.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Patricia and David Sylvester have recently sold the hotel. 18th April 2000.

Beach Hotel Merewether. ‘Miss Lovely Legs’. Date 25th December 1999.

Caves Beach Hotel. Glen Herivel and Lee McWilliams.12th December 1997.

Caves Beach Hotel. 12th December 1997.

Cessnock Hotel. Terry Petersen Assistant Manager. Date 16th March 1998.

Beach Hotel Merewether. Extensions to the Beaches Hotel Merewether. John Twohill Owner/Lic. Photo by Dean Osland. Date 1964.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Nicole Ryan and Nicole Egan. Date 28th April 1986. Photo by Quentin Jones.

Bushwacker Hotel. Max Stead. Date 28th November 1975.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Date 3rd May 1986. Copy Photo by PHIL HEARNE

Cessnock Hotel. Date 10th February 1999.

Cambridge Hotel. Lorelle Baker (niece), Joseph Baker (Proprietor) and Debbie Baker (daughter). Date 5th December 1988.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Date 10th May 1990.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Dining room interior. Date 10th May 1990.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Fay the Barmaid. Date 28th April 1986.

Beach Hotel Merewether. Outside Beach hotel. Pic by George Steele Date 9th January 1983.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Date 3rd May 1986.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Linda Masters from Merewether, Ian Smith from Elemore Vale and Bar person Roslyn Boyle.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Date 18th November 1988.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Date 18th November 1988.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Picketers at Albion Hotel.Date 6th May 1986.

Bayside Tavern Wine Fair. Maree and John McRedmond, James Roddy. Date 10th November 1994.

Belmont Hotel. Date 29th July 1993.

Beach Hotel Merewether. Outside Beach hotel. Pic by George Steele date 9th January 1983.

Agriculture Hotel Singleton. Allan and Sue Watham toast to the success of the hotel dining room. Photo by PETER STOOP. Date 23rd November 1992.

Bellbird Hotel Cessnock. Mathew and Stacey Ryan. Date 20th July 1989.

The Brewery Queens Wharf. Partners Russell Elkin and John Byrnes. Date 26th November 1990.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Gerry Wells with his dolls in footy colours. photo Wicks. Date 10th May 1991.

Bel-Air Hotel Kotara. Drinkers in front bar – Punters bar. Steve Donehue from Adamstown Heights, Greg Felthan from Adamstown Heights, Norm Hopkins from Kotara, Frank Nicholson from Adamstown Heights and barmaid Trish from Bar Beach. Photo by A. Maclean. Date 2nd April 1987.

Bunnan Hotel. Albert Bramley and Stan Scaysbrook. Date 26th February 1986.

Blackbutt Hotel. Kel Davis, Ron Eastick and Gary O’Brien

Bel-Air Hotel Kotara. Sign behind bar. Photo by Steve Tickner. Date 3rd April 1987.

Caves Beach Hotel. Brian Sanotti (right) and Chef Gordon Soo. Date 20th January 1993.

Albion Hotel Wickham. Dolls in footy colors.

Adamstown Hotel. Dick Robinson from Adamstown and Brian Brunner from Hamilton South. Photo by Andrew Maclean. Date 21st July 1987.

Bayside Tavern. Date November 1994.

Bayside Tavern Wine Fair. Judy Hall (right) helping customers Noel Huxley and Terry McGuiness. Date 9th November 1994.

Bayside Tavern Wine Fair. Maree and John McRedmond, James Roody. 10th November 1994.

Grand Hotel Newcastle 1990 Pluto’s night spot New space ship for D J Grand Hotel Newcastle HUNTER PUB LIFE photo by Darren Pateman 19-10-1990

Cricketers Arms Cooks Hill 1983 photo by David Johns 18-3-1983 Police outside the Cricketers Arms Hotel Cooks Hill after complaints from residents about people on footpath

HUNTER HOTELS ARCHIVAL REVIVAL Gunyah Hotel Belmont 1973 used NMH Lake Herald 25-1-1973 Part of the lounge section of the Gunyah Hotel, pictured during lunch hour rush, where patrons can pursue culinary delights on offer amid a strong atmosphere of colonial style furniture and a large mural of an old lake Macquarie scene.

Gunyah Hotel Belmont 1973 used NMH Lake Herald 25-1-1973 A scene of the Hotels terrace from the public bar windows. The terrace is a place of fresh air and shade where family groups can enjoy the cool bonhomie as well as a fine view of the lake.

Duke of Wellington 1983 photo by George Steele 4-8-1983

Grand Hotel Newcastle 1985 Restauran in Grand Hotel Newcastle Helen Connell Co-ordinator Ron Simpson Speacialist cook Jane Lander Cook for restaurant guide photo by Stuart Davidson 21-6-1985

Cricketers Arms Cooks Hill 1982 Hundreds stand on footpath photo by Quentin Jones 10-12-1982

Crown & Anchor 1990 HUNTER PUB LIFE photo by David Wicks 5-6-1990

Denman Hotel Abermain 1991 Hotelier Ralph Collins photo by Eddie Cross 7-3-1991

Gunyah Hotel Belmont 1992 a good view and relaxed atmoshere photo by Darren Pateman 4-12-1992

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo 1991 6-12-1991 Agnes Hales and Maxine Wood photo by Darren Pateman

1988 Cocktail mixing competition 17-5-1988

General Roberts New Lambton 1992 Fiona and Sue at the new Goldrush room november 1992

General Roberts New Lambton 1991 Tanya Linquist and Jan Wilkes Photo by Darren Pateman 8-3-1991

Gates Hotel Adamstown 1987 Gates Hotel Adamstown photo taken 10-10-1995

General Roberts New Lambton 1991 Bob Wilkes in the new bar Photo by Darren Pateman 8-3-1991

Gunyah Hotel Belmont 1992 Sharyn Foley serving Tracy Lynn a drink 4-12-1992

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