An iconic Newcastle hotel is warming up the plus-size lady ahead of the party for turning one hundred this July.

In the lead-up to the centenary celebrations The Kent Hotel, Hunt Hospitality’s flagship venue, has begun extensive renovations refreshing its main bar and adding an upstairs bar.

The main bar will see a contemporary upgrade sympathetic to its Art Deco heritage, paying homage to the hotel’s past. This area will receive a new U-shaped bar to fully appreciate the space.

The hotel’s Deco Lounge was first unveiled at the pub’s birthday celebration last year, showcasing exposed brickwork and printed steel ceiling details.

At the 99th birthday, managing director Stephen Hunt highlighted some of the building’s history.

“You can see the slashes on the exposed brick from the 1989 Newcastle earthquake in which Hamilton was the epicentre.

“After the earthquake in 1989, the previous owners were threatened by authorities that the pub would need to be demolished. It was only through determination, community and hard work that the pair saved this pillar of community.”

Fittingly, the Kent Hotel’s name is derived from the Latin “Invictus”, meaning “undefeated” or “unconquered”.  It was named after The Kent in England.

Meanwhile, works have also begun on a new upstairs space named the Veranda Bar. This intimate space will boast a cosy atmosphere and 12 new beer taps.

“With these renovations, we aim to honour the venue’s heritage while providing our guests with an enhanced and memorable experience,” Hunt says.

Hunt Hospitality’s chief operations officer, Rici-Lee Wheeler, is also excited about what’s to come.

“We’re working hard to improve the experience at The Kent Hotel while also restoring key features of the original venue with a modern twist,” she says.

Barring the kitchen, the hotel will remain open throughout the renovations, which are expected to be completed just prior to the centenary celebration.

Artist rendition of the new u-shaped bar
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