Starting life in 1876 – some 24 years after the death of the hotel’s namesake and 60 years after the Duke’s famous Battle of Waterloo – the humble, timber, two-story structure on the corner of Portland Place and Regent Street, New Lambton opened it’s doors as a public drinking house. “The Duke Of Wellington” under licensee Mr David Jones Esquire (and many more licensees henceforth) was the cornerstone of the thriving local mining community.
It was the place where local people would gather to celebrate milestones, where mates would meet to share a cleansing ale after a long day in the pit and solve the problems of the world. The building may have burnt down at the turn of the century and had several architectural incarnations since, but “the legendary Duke Hotel” is still a vital hub of the New Lambton community.
Today’s Duke of Wellington Hotel is legendary for many reasons; great food at affordable prices; friendly service; a brilliant atmosphere; and (as the barrister from “The Castle” would say) the vibe! It’s hard to describe – but there is a vibe you get when you walk in to the Duke. It matters not if you’re a regular or visiting for the first time – you’ll feel welcome. You’re amongst friends you’re yet to meet!
Whether you’re celebrating the end of a tough week, or a milestone birthday, having a quick drink and a snack, a champagne with the girls, a romantic dinner, drowning your sorrows after your teams loss, or settling in for a punt with your mates – you’ll find the legendary Duke Hotel is just right! It’s more than just a building… it’ like a smile and hug after a bad day, a high five and a pat on the back, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to make you laugh, a place you can dance like no one is watching!
It’s evident that the people running the pub are invested – in more ways than one. Legends in the hospitality industry, hard working, hands on and passionate – and always willing to lend hand. Whether it’s helping out the local bowlers, supporting families suffering hardship & illness, or getting behind the home teams competing at a national level.