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Damian and Trudi Blair are the proud new publicans at the Blue Goose Hotel in Junction Hill. Image: Emma Pritchard.

Blue Goose welcoming patrons once more

Emma Pritchard

 The beer is pouring from the taps once again at popular Junction Hill watering hole, the Blue Goose Hotel.
After being sold to a small syndicate of locals for $410,000 in July and undergoing numerous renovations, the pub has recently opened its doors under the management of experienced publicans Damian and Trudi Blair.
Despite the rumours regarding a potential name change, Mr Blair confirmed the Blue Goose Hotel will remain the same, and he and his wife are confident the business has a bright future ahead.
With several functions already booked and more expected as Christmas approaches, the beloved local establishment is once again continuing to serve the community.
“It’s always been a popular place and we’re excited to run it,” Mr Blair said.
“Even during the renovations, there were people keen to know what was happening and they asked when the pub would open again.
“The amount of people who were interested was intense.”
Alterations to the Blue Goose Hotel include a new deck area, a more spacious and open outdoor seating area and a modernised bar setting.
Local tradespeople and businesses including Grafton Locksmith and Peter Cahill Plumbing were employed during the renovations with many additional features also being locally sourced.
Currently, the Blue Goose Hotel employs 14 staff including three chefs and Mr Blair said the business is focused on sourcing fresh produce from the local area to help support the community and other businesses.
Mr Blair revealed there are also plans to extend the beer garden, introduce chicken schnitzel and burger nights and establish a drive through bottle shop.
While he couldn’t determine a time frame, Mr Blair is hopeful the changes will be introduced within the next few months.
The Blue Goose Hotel is open from 10am till late, Monday to Saturday and from 11am till late each Sunday.
The bistro is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday between 12 – 2pm and 5:30pm – 8:30pm respectively.
Bookings are advised due to current Covid-19 restrictions, please call 6644 7288.

After being sold to a syndicate of locals a few months ago, the Blue Goose Hotel has undergone renovations and is now open to the public once again. Image: Emma Pritchard.
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