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Merivale’s hospitality portfolio continues to expand with the acquisition of the Queen Victoria Hotel in Enmore.


Located a stone’s throw away from Newtown Station on Enmore Road, the Queen Victoria Hotel is Merivale’s first venue in Sydney’s Inner West. It closely follows the group’s landmark purchase of the iconic Newport Arms in Pittwater last month.


Merivale will officially take possession of the Queen Victoria Hotel in late April with the re-launch scheduled for early June. The venue will have a strong food focus, with a kitchen spearheaded by dynamic culinary duo, Christopher Hogarth and Patrick Friesen of Manly’s Papi Chulo.  Bringing extensive experience in several other Merivale venues including Mr. Wong, Ms.G’s and El Loco, the formidable pair will create a sensational menu of Hong Kong inspired street food. 


Justin Hemmes, CEO of Merivale, said: “The Queen Victoria Hotel is another fantastic addition to the Merivale group in what is undoubtedly our most exciting year yet. I am passionate about creating world-class venues designed specifically around the local community and look forward to becoming part of Sydney’s thriving Inner West”. 


The Queen Victoria Hotel tops off what has been an exciting fourteen months of acquisitions for Merivale. In February 2014, Merivale announced the purchase of the Paddington Arms on Oxford Street, set to re-open in August. This was followed by 50 King Street in Sydney’s CBD, re-opened as art-based pop-up Work in Progress in May, and the Beach Palace Hotel, transformed by Merivale into the award-winning beachside venue, Coogee Pavilion. Since launching in July 2014, the Coogee Pavilion has been embraced by Eastern Suburbs locals, celebrated as a vibrant lifestyle destination that caters to a broad range of tastes, budgets and occasions.


Last month, Merivale announced that the iconic Newport Arms Hotel will join its burgeoning hospitality portfolio in May 2015. Plans for the spectacular property will be announced in due course.


Merivale will also evolve its existing portfolio of venues in 2015. The beloved Surry Hills local, The Beresford Hotel, is set for fresh interiors and a stunning new menu by the talented Laif Etournaud who recently took over the reins as Head Chef. Further details will be announced soon.


For media enquiries please contact:


Rebecca Gibbs

Publicity Manager, Merivale

Phone: 02 9240 3056

Email: [email protected]



Originally a fashion house, Merivale, owned by the Hemmes family, has been established in Australia for 59 years. The Hemmes family are developing and operating pioneers within the hospitality industry, owning a growing portfolio of more than 50 restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels and function spaces in Sydney. Justin Hemmes is the Chief Executive Officer of Merivale.

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