I’m opening the Clare Valley gate this month and taking you a bit further South but still within the boundaries of the Clare & Gilbert Valley Council, to the iconic little pub that’s always had a big heart, The Rhynie Hotel.
I visited ‘The Rhynie’ many times during the err, eh ehm…1990’s, but not so much in the last 15 years which is ironic really because that’s around the time i moved back to the Mid North. I guess not driving past as much, taking the Balaklava route to Adelaide on occasions, has meant less trips down Main North Road plus, we just don’t seem to stop and smell the roses when we’re driving through our own backyard on our way to Adelaide. We’ve somehow become so time poor, always in a rush to get there and then in another rush to get back home.
But i digress. After years of not seeing much action at the Rhynie, Mr Spruiking and i noticed some action during the last few months. There’s been several cars lined up outside on any given day as well as people enjoying the beer garden and what appeared to be a bit of ‘working bee stuff’.
Being the interested person i am, i check social media, facebook in this instance, and voila…there it is, The Rhynie has a fb page and yes…new owners!
So a couple of weeks ago we went for a drive to Rhynie and called in to the pub for a chat and drink.
We met the new owners, Michael & Donna…..
and within moments felt right at home and as we all know, SA is a small place so it didn’t take long to establish we have knocked around with the same people over the years. In fact, Michael lived only a few houses away from where my father-in-law once lived. Freaky!
Let me take you back for a minute. Remember the days when you went to the pub and sat on the barstool and actually spoke to the person sitting next to you, sans mobile phone, or any other distraction other than a casual game of darts or 8 ball?
Yep, they were the days for sure and that is exactly what you get at The Rhynie Hotel. Lemme tell you, it’s refreshingly brilliant and there should be more of it. Staying true to themselves, Michael & Donna have embraced a lifestyle-less-cluttered and firmly stamped it into the hotel’s atmosphere.
And there’s no pokies either, Like i said, brilliant!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Before i knew i loved wine, i loved Canadian Club & dry. Well guess what The Rhynie has on tap? Emegherrd yes….Canadian Club & Dry! Ima thinkin it’s time i got myself a new swag, kicked the harley in to gear and took a little ride to Rhynie on a Saturday arvo & settled in for the day because….Spruiking #ClareValley enjoys responsibly and it’d hardly be fair to expect Mr Spruiking to play chauffeur all the time….. 😀
With a long career in hospitality, Donna knows all too well what’s involved in running a successful business and Michael is familiar with long hours having spent many years in the mining industry. And the enthusiastic couple have some very exciting plans for the outdoor area. They’ve already tidied the beer garden, given the familiar old cart out the front a decent coat of paint and cleared the adjoining block and got the lawn looking very lush. I can see some fantastic Blues & Roots music events out on the lawn or maybe even a Hot Rod Show n Shine. The licenced area lends itself to a very chilled out atmosphere and would be a great way to spend a long weekend Sunday attending a show.
Since it has been a long time that i’ve stepped foot in the Rhynie pub’s door i was suitably impressed with the dining room. Being a lover of polished timber, the result of being a carpenter’s daughter, i totally fell in love with the gorgeous red gum slab table tops and the stone wall makes for the perfect companion and compliments the atmosphere.
Meals are available at the hotel and on Sunday they put on a free bbq. Yep, you read that right, a FREE bbq! Quite unheard of in this day and age but it’s already very popular as you would imagine. You’ll get a good honest meal at the pub and the Rhynie Burger & Pint deal sounds like it’s worth checking out.
Included with the pub was the block next to the outdoor lawned area and Donna was excited to talk of their future plans for accommodation on the block by way of a B&B and caravan overnight stay facility. I like the sound of that so i can only imagine how the locals feel about once again having a their pub run by people with vision and energy. It can only mean good things for Rhynie, no doubt about it! Maybe i’ll hold off on buying that swag….!
The Rhynie Hotel is this month’s featured business and once again Spruiking #ClareValley is proud to support a local business and share with you their news for the month.
Welcome to the region, Michael & Donna, we wish you well with all that you have planned for the little pub with a big heart……..
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