The Grand Junction Hotel, aka The Junkyard, aka The Grandy has become synonymous with original live music in Maitland.
The pub recently changed hands after long-serving licensee Peter Roose handed over the reins to Steven Forbes and Barton Smith, the brains behind Newcastle’s Family Hotel and the live music tradition will live long under the new management.
“We were really attracted to its history and its place in the live music space of not only Maitland, but the whole Hunter Region,” marketing manager Zack Hearn told Newcastle Live.
“It’s iconic – it’s such a fixture and when we inherited it the main thing we were hearing was that it was “Maitland’s Pub” or “the people’s pub” and we don’t want to move away from that too far.”
Over the years, the venue has hosted some of the best touring artists the country has to offer as well as some of the leading lights and burgeoning stars on the Hunter valley music scene.
And, with the likes of The Soul Movers (featuring ex-Red Wiggle Murray Cook) and Johnson City taking to the stage over the next little while. that quality looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Given the venue’s intimate indoor band space, where acts are playing literally meters from the bar, there few places were you can get as up-close and personal to the music that do it as well as the Junkyard.
Bands also play in the relaxed and open beer garden on weekends adding a completely different atmosphere to proceedings.
Get your pub grub on at the Grandy
While the musical bill of fare is enough to whet the appetites of even the most cynical of ‘gig pigs’, when it comes to the food, the Grand Junction is certainly no slouch either.
This is classic pub fare done right. Think burgers (the Hickory Beef Burger is next level), pizza (definitely try the BBQ pulled pork) and other classic pub grub like parmas (both chicken and vego, thank you very much), nachos and salads.
Oh and their 600 gram T-bone has to be seen to be believed while the sweet tooth is sure to be enamoured with the deep fried Magnum!
While you may be thinking along the lines of “wait a minute, I live in Newy, heading to Maitland for a night on the town is just too hard,” you could not be more wrong, dear reader.
That’s because the Grand Junction is located a literal hop skip and a jump away from Maitland Train station, meaning you can grab a bite and a band and still make it back home at a reasonable hour.
Trains run conveniently from Maitland Station back to Newcastle until the very wee small hours.
The Grand Junction Hotel
88 Church Street, Maitland