Clifton pub bought by Shellharbour Workers Club

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Imperial Hotel, Clifton C1912. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection

CLIFTON’S landmark historic hotel, The Imperial was auctioned by owner WIN Corporation in 2015.

The pub ceased trading in November 2003 due to a lack of passing trade when Lawrence Hargrave Drive was closed after a landslide. Sea Cliff Bridge opened two years later, but it came too late for the pub, which has remained empty since.

Colliers International managed the sale and said the boarded-up heritage site was expected to fetch “into the millions” despite its run-down condition. WIN Corporation have indicated they no longer had a use for the building after 30 years of ownership.

The hotel was established by Alfred Broadhead in 1884 as a miners’ pub, before Resch’s Brewery bought and demolished the original structure, erecting the two-storey hotel that stands today.

Wollongong City Council approved a development application for the Imperial to trade as a hotel in 2015. It’s also zoned for residential use.

Shellharbour Workers Club purchased the Imperial Hotel at an onsite auction on Saturday March 14 2015, and began a massive undertaking of restoring the historic building as a restaurant over the following six years.

That project is now nearing completion (February 2021).

For more on the history of the Imperial Hotel visit The Time Gents website.

Story updated February 2021

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