Monday 27 July, 2020
The Courthouse Hotel, one of Tamworth’s oldest and most loved pubs, is preparing to re-open its doors in early September 2020.
The Courthouse, which is owned and operated by Harvest Hotels, temporarily closed in June 2019 to undergo a major renovation.
Since its closure, the circa 1876 building has undergone a full-scale transformation. From the building structure and fit out, to the menus and the entertainment, this renovation will ensure the Courthouse has the ability and capacity to cater to a wider variety of patrons.
Directors of Harvest Hotels, Chris Cornforth and Fraser Haughton believe the new and improved venue will bring great social and economic benefits to the Tamworth community.
“It’s been a long time coming, and we can’t wait to finally be able to welcome people back through the doors of The Courthouse. Whether it was your local, or it will be the first time you visit us, we guarantee that you’ll be wowed by the transformation.”
“Right from the very beginning, our intention was to create a pub that was welcoming and appealing to everyone in Tamworth, and we think we’ve nailed that brief, and the new and improved Courthouse Hotel will be just that. We are thrilled to be operating a venue that is not only a social hub for locals and visitors but will create at least 40 jobs for people and hospitality professionals of Tamworth,” said Fraser.
Harvest Hotels have also appointed local and long-time pub operator, Nathan Schofield to lead the venue as its publican. Born and bred within the region, Nathan has spent much of life within the hospitality industry. His family have owned and operated Nundle’s renowned Peel Inn for over 54 years, 20 of which were under the management of Nathan.
“I’ve spent much of my life in and around pubs, so I can’t wait to combine my experiences with the new spin that The Courthouse will bring to Tamworth’s social and community scene. It’s going to be a great pub and I look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces walk through its doors.”
“It’s great to have Nathan onboard as the publican for The Courthouse. He has a wealth of experience within the industry and we can’t wait to see the dynamics and ideas he brings to The Harvest Hotels’ team as he leads the pub,” said Fraser. Upon its re-opening, patrons can expect a refreshed venue, dining and entertainment experience coupled with the down-to-earth atmosphere that made The Courthouse one of the region’s most iconic country pubs.
Some of the highlighted refurbishments include:
• The restoration of the buildings’ heritage-listed façade
• An extension and re-do of the bistro, which now includes indoor and outdoor dining and entertaining spaces
• Outdoor spaces include a courtyard and dedicated function areas
• A brand-new kitchen which includes a coal and woodfire grill
• A fully renovated sports bar and public bar area, with an impressive new TAB
• A dedicated family and kids’ zone with soft play equipment
While the intention is for The Courthouse Hotel to finally re-open to the public from early September, Harvest Hotels are aware of the ever-changing circumstances around social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions.
“The health and safety of our staff, patrons and the wider community are our main priority. While we are planning and would love to be able to open The Courthouse to you all again in September, we are conscious of not knowing what restrictions may be in place at the time. In saying that, we are excited to swing the doors open and share the revamped Courthouse Hotel with the Tamworth community in the coming months, and we will be sure to keep the community as up to date as possible in these uncertain times,” concluded Fraser.
For more information about The Courthouse Hotel, visit their website.