A private investor is divesting The 1880 Hotel in Bathurst, representing a ‘red hot’ opportunity for a freehold operation in a key regional town.

The two-storey pub, formerly known as the Edinboro Castle Hotel, resides on a high-visibility 1,233sqm lot opposite the Bathurst Council and Civic Centre.

It incorporates main bar and sports lounge with TAB, whiskey-cocktail bar, commercial kitchen and bistro, with multiple seating areas, and a large new undercover rear veranda and beer garden, with stage area, able to accommodate over 200 patrons. The hotel holds a rare 24-hour licence.

Street level has been fully, tastefully renovated, but the upper level, comprising disused accommodation rooms and a manager’s residence, makes for an opportunity for an incoming operator.

Recording local population of more than 45k people, Bathurst is a burgeoning regional city around two and a half hours’ drive west of Sydney. It serves as a regional hub to greater NSW, hosting year-round sporting events and its famous annual motorsport juggernaut.  

In 2023 the hotel’s title was purchased with a lease in place by an investor, who has since needed to take possession of the business and operate it under management.

The private owner has now engaged Manenti Quinlan & Associates, in conjunction with Moore and Moore Real Estate, to market the asset as a freehold going concern.

“The 1880 Hotel offers an ambitious hotelier who recognises the strength of the region opportunity to take the bull by the horns and put their mark on a blank canvas in a major regional centre,” states MQ’s Len Bongiovanni.

Sale is by Expressions of Interest, closing Thursday, 18 April.

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