how old is the grand?

Built in 1889, it is over 125 years old. It was originally the Grand Coffee Palace, and later the Grand Hotel. It is registered on the Historic Buildings Register and recorded as a building of historical significance by the National Trust of Australia. The Hotel is a Mornington Peninsula landmark.

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Feasting at the grand

BISTRO

Looking out onto the Main Street, our bistro reflects the Hotel’s grand and colourful history in a modern and inviting setting.  Watch the world go by whilst enjoying lunch or dinner and on sunny day’s enjoy bistro dining, street side at our alfresco tables.

Our bistro is open Monday to Sunday
Lunch:
  12 noon – 2:30pm
Dinner:  6pm – 8:30pm

SPORTS BAR

A home away from home, it’s the welcome place where the locals meet on any given day of the week to catch up with friends, enjoy a chat, live sports, a friendly game of pool or come in for a solid bar meal with a cold pint.

Pub meals are served in the Main Bar, Monday to Sunday
Lunch: 12 noon – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 8:30pm

Main Bar & TAB Opening Hours
Sunday to Friday: 10am – Late
Saturday: 9am – Late

is the building original?

The original building was only about 10 metres long and  encompassed the area below the tower. In the early days the Cobb & Co. Coaches used the Hotel as a stopping point, a carriageway went through brick arches (where the Cruze stairs are currently located) to the rear yard and Swift’s Stables.

The building has been added to and renovated on a number of occasions, notably in the 1920’s when extensions took it to its current street size and added a huge double story veranda which was later removed by order of the Mornington Shire in 1969, a travesty in the eyes of the owner. The existing awning was added in 1996.

Three towers have graced the Grand. The original was destroyed by fire and was replaced after the First World War. The then licensee removed the second one in 1948 because it was unstable in high winds. It would have cost $150 to repair or $100 to demolish it and take it to the tip. It was taken to the tip. The Grand stood without a tower for 39 years until the current owner; Bernie Taylor replaced it in 1987.

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is there really a grand ghost?

Legend has it that in the very early 1900’s local bay fisherman used the tower of the Grand as a beacon for navigational purposes. Each evening at the onset of dusk the publican would make the trip to the top of the tower with a lantern to illuminate it. One fateful day this failed to occur. The story goes…

On a particularly dark & stormy night the publican fell asleep early (a cruel legacy of having the best beer in town) and failed to light the lantern in the tower. A lone fisherman and resident of the Hotel relying on the beacon perished. His body vanished without a trace.

Sometime later there were reports of strange encounters and slow shuffling footsteps were clearly audible from downstairs bars – yet upon investigation not a soul could be found. Although there have been many changes over the years, (the bedrooms are now the Cruze nightclub) it would appear that the lost soul remains as the Hotel’s only permanent resident.

There are those who believe the fisherman still happily roams the top floor…

We are now delivering to your doorstep!

bottle shops

AT THE GRAND

Stay in the comfort of your car & enjoy the convenience of our drive through bottle shop located at the rear of the hotel.

NEPEAN HWY CELLARS

Check out our large drive in bottleshop on Nepean Hwy where you can also park & browse through the best range on the Peninsula.

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