Captains Flat locals hope their pub will reopen soon

Katrina Condie 21 June 2021 25
Exterior of Captains Flat Hotel

Captains Flat Hotel is of grand proportions considering the size of the NSW town. Photo: RE/MAX.

Built in 1939, and boasting one of the longest bars in Australia, the impressive Captains Flat Hotel is ripe for the picking.

With four bars, a beer garden, a restaurant and 22 guest rooms, plus a managers’ quarters, the pub is less than an hour’s drive from Canberra, and set in one of the region’s thriving mining communities.

John Buckley from RE/MAX says the sale offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own and operate a country pub.

He explains the recently closed hotel is sorely missed by locals who hope to see new owners get it back up and running.

“Almost everyone has a story with some form of association to the Captains Flat Hotel, from motorbike riders relaxing after weekend jaunts, to wide-eyed day trippers and history buffs looking at the relics of the former Lake George Mine,” he says.

Front bar at Captains Flat Hotel

One of four impressive bars at the Captains Flat Hotel. Photo: RE/MAX.

“The property is in good presentation and simply needs a licensee to be up and running.”

John says there are regular enquires for weddings and other functions, and with more than 20 guest rooms, there is tremendous growth potential.

“The hotel is enormous, considering the size of the village, but could be advanced and utilised as a cafe, coffee shop, restaurant or function centre,” he says.

Pending approval, the building could also lend itself to an antiques and curios business or rural supplies.

“It’s a grand property of impressive proportions and what must be almost unlimited possibilities,” says John.

Upstairs hallways at Captains Flat Hotel

The impressive country hotel has 22 guest rooms. Photo: RE/MAX.

Captains Flat is a thriving community with a primary school and police station, and is a popular destination for day trippers.

“The historic mining village is picturesque and peaceful, loved by visitors and locals alike,” says John.

The Captains Flat Hotel’s public bars are almost fully stocked and ready to launch back into business.

“The taps are iced and the beer is cold,” says John.

Previously, one of the smaller rooms was used as the local post office, and some large employers have sought to lease the entire accommodation quarters for staff.

John says the hotel is “ideal for those who want the work-life balance”.

“No need to trade full-time, [just] provide coffee and a toasty for the early commuters, plan for busy weekends, and close at sensible times midweek,” he says.

“For a moderate investment, you get unparalleled land, an amazing building, and only one competitive business with the local RSL.”

For more information about Captains Flat Hotel, contact John Buckley at RE/MAX Capital Canberra Region on 0429 843 777.

Original Article published by Katrina Condie on About Regional.


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25 Responses to Captains Flat locals hope their pub will reopen soon
Annette Jones Annette Jones 6:40 pm 27 Jun 21

Poor old girl she will never be like it was when my mum & dad had it. That was in the 60s definitely not the same pub today 😫

Marty Hoenig Marty Hoenig 7:21 am 25 Jun 21

They have to drink beer in CF because they sure can't drink the water!

    Vicki Schramm Vicki Schramm 7:50 pm 25 Jun 21

    Marty Hoenig , actually the drinking water here is amazing. Although it did take a while to get it right.

Mick Gaffey Mick Gaffey 10:15 pm 24 Jun 21

Just buy it already Jason Barton ✅

John Sheil John Sheil 6:17 pm 24 Jun 21

Well I have known 2 licensees over the years and neither have achieved any success. May need a new business strategy....

Patty O'Brien Patty O'Brien 11:02 am 24 Jun 21

Rhys Spannari Joel Spannari

Carlie O'Shea Carlie O'Shea 9:47 am 24 Jun 21

Kristy Keft is this your pub you rave on about? 😂 buy it

Ben Lindsay Ben Lindsay 9:07 am 24 Jun 21

Neil Willis could almost walk to work from your joint

Peter Taylor Peter Taylor 8:20 am 24 Jun 21

Amanda Sanderson. Short commute. Walk to work, but getting home would be a struggle.

    Amanda Sanderson Amanda Sanderson 6:29 pm 24 Jun 21

    I’ll give you bottomless gin and tonics Peter Taylor 🤣

Danielle Smith Danielle Smith 7:28 am 24 Jun 21

Bec Scott a sound investment or full of lead?

Tim Ryan Tim Ryan 7:25 am 24 Jun 21

Very hard to make a dollar these days in a small country town with no flowing traffic and half dozen regulars is not enough to keep the doors open

Clair Bear Strickland Clair Bear Strickland 11:36 pm 23 Jun 21

Paul Marshall this is where you were on the weekend?

    Paul Marshall Paul Marshall 5:24 am 24 Jun 21

    Clair Bear Strickland yes it looks worse when you are there

Daniel Bizjak Daniel Bizjak 9:41 pm 23 Jun 21

Hugh Alexander time to buy in mate

Geoffrey Lee Geoffrey Lee 8:55 pm 23 Jun 21

You have the beer 🍻 as well Briony Element 😜

Briony Element Briony Element 8:45 pm 23 Jun 21

Daniel - what are you waiting for?!?

Mat Barber Mat Barber 8:40 pm 23 Jun 21

Ed Huang new venture?

    Ed Huang Ed Huang 8:44 pm 23 Jun 21

    Mat Barber. Not many people have a spare $1M lying around

Deb Rollings Deb Rollings 7:22 pm 23 Jun 21

Has Justin Hemmes been in town?

consumeradvocatecanberra consumeradvocatecanberra 1:11 pm 23 Jun 21

Hmm, what a great place for a satellite city for Queanbeyan or even Canberra (thinking Oaks Estate-perhaps not workable) but nonetheless, the town is crying out for the public to go live there for the 40 minute commute from Queanbeyan. Imagine if another several thousand folk lived there, it might just be a great place to live away from the big city lights. Just needs a suitable transport system to supplement it one day. C’mon Queanbeyan-what about it.

    sammo1 sammo1 4:25 pm 23 Jun 21

    It almost already is! Most of the population work and shop in Canberra or Queanbeyan. Its really not that far out.. It seems to be fairly tightly held at the moment, theres only a few places for sale.
    A little investment, and local shop, and a pub reopening, would be a boost for the fantastic community out here!

MERC600 MERC600 1:06 pm 23 Jun 21

It’s been quite a while since I wandered into the Captains Flat local.

Back then they were only using one corner of the place. The impressive looking bar in the photo certainly didn’t exist.

Trust it won’t be long before the locals again have a local.

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