We welcomed Spring with the Regatta’s first ever long-table laneway event, ‘One Spring Evening.’ The ticketed event included three ‘feast’ style courses set-up on two long tables in what is normally the Regatta’s loading zone. Included in the ticket was a stunning beverage package featuring Moet Chandon, Ferrari, Asahi and Penfolds wines. It was a pleasure to watch guests embrace the concept of communal dining and celebrate food, wine, music and warmer nights together. Thank you to everyone who joined us and we look forward to next year’s event!

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Regatta Hotel’s Boatshed restaurant has been crowned “Queensland’s Best Restaurant” by the Queensland Hotels Association at the annual awards night for the industry’s peak body on Wednesday.

The restaurant was assessed according to key criteria such as presentation, ambience, service, popularity, value for money, and of course, the menu, featuring its signature wet and dry aged steaks.

Over the last year, the Regatta Boatshed has played host to a number of large events, including the Grand Ladies’ Luncheon for International Women’s Day, the RNA Paddock to Palate campaign, Origin Legends Lunch, and the Mandate Breakfast for men’s health.

Regatta General Manager Rob Brady said the Boatshed had established itself as a stylish, full service pub restaurant with stand-out value and a classic approach to food and beverage service.

“Our team works closely with suppliers to ensure a solid relationships. We seek the very best produce from them, focusing on what is fresh, seasonal, and as much as possible, local,” Mr Brady said.

The Boatshed specialty is, of course, a fantastic steak menu which is balanced by a choice of seafood, chicken, pasta and salad dishes.

Boatshed Executive Chef Daniel Fleming is backed by a highly experienced team on show in our unique exhibition kitchen.

Esteemed restaurateur, Michael Platsis well known to the Brisbane dining scene over several decades with his eponymous restaurants, is on hand as maître d’.

The Boatshed also hosts the famed Henley Room, a premium private dining space which offers an intimate dining experience for up to 22 people.


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Brisbane’s iconic Regatta Hotel will be one of the first hotels in Queensland to adopt Australia’s biggest innovation in draught beer (since the 50 litre internal spear din keg!!) with the installation of its brewery fresh tank beer technology.

Two refrigerated copper tanks to be installed above the hotel’s main bar will make it one of the state’s first to receive fresh and unpasteurised Carlton Draught beer direct by tanker from cub’s Abbotsford brewery in Melbourne.

The beer is pumped direct from the brewery’s bright beer tank into special chilled delivery tankers for delivery to the Regatta and poured for the enjoyment of beer lovers in its freshest form over the next 14 days.

Regatta Hotel General Manager, Robert Brady, said that ”The Regatta’s positioning as a classic reinterpretation of its original 1874 grandeur as a place where people from all walks of life can eat, drink and relax, made it the logical choice for CUB to champion its brewery fresh tank beer.”

“We are going to extraordinary lengths to serve the freshest draught beer,” said Mr. Brady.

“Freshness and chilled delivery will ensure it tastes just like it does at the brewery. It has been described as having a crisp, lively taste profile and a smooth finish,” said Liam Walsh of CUB.

Unlike other beers, Carlton Draught’s unpasteurized beer is not heated to 70 degrees during the brewing process.

“It is Carlton Draught, served as its original nineteenth century brew master intended, unpasteurized and direct from the brewery,” explained Mr. Walsh.

Carlton Draught’s brewery fresh tank beer will be available at the Regatta Hotel from Friday 30th October.

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Brisbane icon the Regatta Hotel hosted ‘RegattaFair’, a free beer, food and wine fair from Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19. The loading zone behind the Regatta was transformed into ‘The Lane’ which hosted premium brewers, wine makers and Regatta food stalls. The fair kicked off Friday evening with a great crowd of guests braving the cold. Saturday really was our day! The sun shone over the fair and drew the masses to bask in the summeresque weather.

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Premium brewers included: Stone & Wood, Matilda Bay, Yenda, James Squire, Asahi, Cricketer’s Arm and local favourite, Newstead Brewery. The fair included the Queensland launch of Matilda Bay’s new pale ale, ‘Lazy Yak’. Treasury Wines featured their Pepperjack range at a special pop-up bar, as well as T’Gallant moscato. Treasury Wines also hosted the RegattaFair grape smashing competition, with fair-goers encouraged to participate. The food was created by the Regatta’s culinary team and included popular Regatta items such as cheese boards, caramel injected doughnuts, freshly shucked oysters and wood fired pizzas

‘The Lane’ featured live musicians throughout the festival, a flower stall, along with blues bands and tarot card reader in the Walrus Club, acoustic musicians in the Courtyard and DJ’s until late in the Regatta’s Main Bar.


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The Regatta Hotel was privileged to have been a part of the planning for the Toowong Dawn Service at Memorial Hill this year, alongside Wests Rugby Club, Councillor Peter Matic and the Toowong sub-branch RSL. The service took place at 4:30am on the newly updated memorial hill where Regatta’s General Manager, Rob, was invited to lay a wreath.

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Following the beautiful service, guests were warmed up with coffee from the Regatta’s Grinders coffee cart and invited back to the Regatta for post-dawn service breakfast as the sun rose over the river.

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After the post-dawn service breakfast, the Regatta team busily prepared for the rest of the day, There was six different pavlovas to choose from, a special ANZAC Day in-house spiced rum, ANZAC biccies and, of course, Two Up hosted by Mark ‘Dobbo’ Dobson from Triple M. We were joined by members of the armed forces throughout the day including the Queensland University Regiment (who deserved a cold drink after helping load and unload all of Regatta’s chairs that were used at the service), as well as many new and old faces. BenJam provided the perfect live music in the Courtyard following Two Up and the merriment continued well into the evening.


We were pleased to make a donation to the Toowong sub-branch RSL and we are honoured to have such a close relationship with the club. Thank you to everyone who attended the dawn service and who joined us on ANZAC Day. Thank you also to our local Councillor Peter Matic and his office, West’s Rugby Club, Queensland University Regiment and Toowong sub-branch for your tireless efforts in organising such a succesful dawn service.

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11212298_10153261098655040_2053780264_nIn March this year, the Regatta celebrated the 50th anniversary of Merle Thornton’s famous protest at the Regatta Hotel and International Women’s Day with a Grand Ladies Luncheon on March 27th.  

The Grand Ladies Luncheon was opened by Merle herself who spoke about her protest against the oppression of women which included a ban on drinking in public at the Regatta Hotel on March 31st, 1965.

Merle received a standing ovation from the eager audience of women, and men, of all ages. Guests were treated to four courses of delicious food – for the mains, prosciutto wrapped chicken breast and pan seared snapper – expertly prepared by the Boatshed kitchen, led by Executive Chef Dan Flemming.

The Moet flowed and the guests mingled with many taking the chance to talk toMerle about her illustrious life, as well as her actions at the Regatta Hotel.11215953_10153261099205040_1880890213_n

Merle Thornton with owner of Kaf.Tanned, Jade Castle

After mains, our panellists took to the stage for a one hour discussion on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘make it happen.’ The panellists included: Rosie Waterland, senior editor of Mamamia.com, Tracey Spicer, news anchor and Fairfax columnist and Amanda Wilson, the first female editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.11179994_10153261098730040_1633748289_n

The Beginning Boutique team with their guests

The panel was hosted by Gretel Killen, Australian media personality and author, who expertly guided the discussion through topics such as succeeding in the workplace, the gender pay gap, what it takes to ‘make it happen’ and where to from here for Australian women.

The luncheon was in support of the Sister2Sister program, a unique yearlong mentoring and risk management program designed to empower ‘at risk’ teenage girls to turn their troubled lives around. The early intervention program addresses deeply entrenched intergenerational problems in our disadvantaged youth, and focuses on the core underlying issues, starting with the lack of a stable positive role model. Funds from each ticket sold, as well as money raised from a raffle on the day, were donated to the Sister2Sister program.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Grand Ladies Luncheon this year, as well as our amazing panellists, Regatta team and sponsors. Most importantly, thank you to Merle Thornton for her actions at the Regatta Hotel fifty years ago and her life-long commitment to improving the lives of Australian women.

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Regatta Boatshed recently released its boldest menu yet with a variety of mouth-watering share plates in place of the traditional entrée dishes. With dishes like the Bourbon Braised Sticky Brisket and Chargrilled Souvlaki Lamb it’s no wonder the new menu has been so popular.

“Share plates are really trendy at the moment, for obvious reasons. You can try a variety of dishes and aren’t limited to whatever entrée you decide on,” said Executive Chef, Dan Fleming.

“From the share plates to the dessert, there is an amazing range of flavour in this menu. We want our guests to go on a taste ‘journey’, and I think we’ve definitely achieved that,” Dan continued.

As well as the new Boatshed menu, the Street Café menu has released its spring menu, bringing back classics such as Bircher Muesli and Queensland Banana bread. The brunch pizza and nasi goreng are popular new additions to the menu.
Cocktail fans are in for a treat with the new Merle’s Bar cocktail list with a variety of fresh flavours and summer fruits. The new cocktail list has recently been released, just in time for the rapidly approaching silly season and warmer temperatures. Whether it’s a Christmas party, a casual drink or a big night on the town, Merle’s Bar has a cocktail to suit every occasion and all tastes.

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OP Rib on the Bone – Boatshed’s new signature steak on a slate

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Mandate Scrubs

Regatta guests may have noticed a lot of very blue, medical-looking staff working behind the bar and in the Street Café. To raise awareness for the PA Foundation’s men’s health research initiative ‘Mandate,’ Regatta staff dressed up in surgeons’ scrubs for their Friday night shifts, generating a fair bit of customer amusement.

Importantly though, they raised much needed funds for the initiative, which funds research into men’s health issues such as cancer and heart disease.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Regatta Hotel team and the generosity of our customers, we were able to raise over $4000 for the cause.

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Regatta Hotel will celebrate its second annual Big Beef Off in the Boatshed restaurant on August 4, bringing together five of Queensland’s best beef producers (JBS, AACo, Stanbroke, Nolan and John Dee) for the tastiest competition of the year.

Each producer has put forward their finest OP rib cuts, which are currently dry ageing on display in the Regatta’s Boatshed. Guests will be invited to blind-taste samples from each producer before voting for their favourite. The winning producer will be named ‘Best Beef’ for 2014 and $20 from each ticket sold will go to the winning producer’s beneficiary.

The meat is dry ageing and the entertainment is organised, so now all that’s left is for you to get your ticket! To join us for this fun-filled event packed with mystery, healthy competition and a whole lot of meat call (07) 3871 9595. Tickets are $99 per person, or $890 for groups of ten.

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Celebrity chef George Colambaris, Channel 10’s Josh Holt and former Queensland Red’s players were among the guests who attended the PA Research Foundation’s Men’s Health breakfast at the Boatshed restaurant last Thursday.

George spoke about the importance of healthy eating and shared his experiences since his audition to the international success of MasterChef.

The Regatta Hotel will continue to fundraise for the PA Research Foundation with $2 from all Street Cafe rib fillets sold being donated. Collection tins will also be distributed on weekends for guests to donate money to the Mandate iniative.

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