A murder of Crows has sold the famous Alma Tavern to the growing, state-dominant Duxton Pubs group.

The Alma sports quite a history with AFL champs the Adelaide Crows. Previously on the deeds were Simon Goodwin and Patrick Dangerfield, along with SA hotel legend Peter Hurley. They were joined in 2000 by Mark Ricciuto, before the current investor group came into play in 2014, ushering in Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane,

Under the eagle eye of the Adelaide heroes the pub has undergone several upgrades, including a major overhaul in 2019.

Predicting population density growth in the area, the acquisitive Duxton has signed for the buy and will take over operations in February, with immediate plans for further additions, and a focus on “honing the food offering” as a drawcard.

“We’re excited to build on the tremendous legacy of the hotel’s previous owners, who have made the Alma an integral part of the local community,” says Duxton Hospitality Services COO Joanna Chronis.

Duxton Hospitality was formed in 2000 by high-profile Adelaide hoteliers Brett Matthews, Martin Palmer and Ed Peter, commencing its buying spree with The Lion Hotel in North Adelaide.

Duxton has since grown its hotel portfolio across regional and metropolitan South Australia to 25 venues. In 2023 it also bought Little Bang Brewing Company at Stepney, bringing the brewer’s prized beers to more pubs across the state.

And in November the group’s Cremorne at Unley picked up the trophy for Overall Hotel of the Year at the 2023 Australian Hotels Association’s National Excellence Awards.

Duxton Hospitality Services is a subsidiary of the pub group, and operates 17 of its venues.

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