NEW BAR (Kind of): After Extensive Renos, Art Deco Pub Opens With Beautiful Facelift


The Sussex Hotel has been around practically forever. It was established by James Thomson as the Sussex Arms Inn in 1843. It’s always been a landmark in Walkerville, and over the years, it’s undergone a variety of transformations.

In one of its first major overhauls in the 1930s, the original building appearance was dramatically changed removing all earlier detailing and replacing the façade with art deco elements. The post supported verandah was removed and a suspended awning erected. After WWII, it saw the addition of some gorgeous art deco features, both inside and out. Since then, it’s had some paint jobs, and some changes, but its history remains.

So when new owners took over the iconic venue in early 2018, more changes were on the cards.

The main bar and restaurant have been closed for renos for a few months now, with locals and visitors alike, wondering what would be revealed.

Well wonder no longer. The doors have reopened, and it’s gorgeous. They’ve kept the history of the hotel in tact, while adding some much-needed life to the old pub.

The new bar offers a great craft beer selection and wines, with a fantastic new line up of entertainment coming soon.

The restaurant showcases locally sourced ingredients, classic pubs favourites and daily specials, with a new pizza menu also on its way.

You’ll find the Sussex Hotel at 68 Walkerville Tce, and it’s open from 7am till late, 7 days.


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