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New owners for Merewether’s Beach Hotel

Hotelier, Glenn Piper will take over the iconic Beach Hotel in Merewether.

Glenn has partnered with a small syndicate of investors, including local backers, who say they are committed to revitalising The Beaches with the community and Australian surf culture in mind.

“Merewether Beach Hotel is a truly magnificent property, with one of the best pub views in the country. It has been part of the community since the 1880s, so I feel humbled and excited by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take it on,” Glenn said.

“I have spent a lot of time in the area over the years. As a kid, I would always travel up on the weekend to surf with my Dad and mates at Merewether.

“My family who live in Newcastle were actually the ones who told me the pub was on the market. They will be coming on board as investors which makes the sale even more special.”

Glenn Piper and family.
PHOTO: Steven Woodburn

His recent transformation of Harbord Hotel in Freshwatertook took cues from the area’s history, something he hopes to recreate at The Beaches.

“Both pubs share a wonderful affinity with the surf – the salty sea air is part of their DNA. That’s exactly what we wanted to capture at Harbord and certainly what we’ll celebrate at Merewether, the home of Australia’s largest surf carnival”, he said.

Glenn will get the keys to the Beach Hotel in July but says the venue will trade as normal for the foreseeable future.