18 October, 2023

It’s all happening at the Linville Hotel

Spook night and a Melbourne Cup luncheon are among the upcoming drawcards at the Linville Hotel, as the hotel enters a new phase for the remainder of this year.

Evan and Tanya Grimward, and Tracey and Cathal Diver are ready for busy times at the Linville Hotel in the near future.
Evan and Tanya Grimward, and Tracey and Cathal Diver are ready for busy times at the Linville Hotel in the near future.

About 18 months after Evan and Tanya Grimward, and Cathal and Tracey Diver took on the ownership of the business, Tracey said new offers and three new chefs were among the imminent changes in addition to the calendar events.

One notable change within the past few months was the appointment of hotel operations manager Sharon Bigalla, who has had managerial roles at other hotels including the Kilcoy-based Stanley Hotel.

“It’s taken 12 to 18 months for us to get our staff, systems and structures in place,” Tracey said.

“We want it to be a one-stop shop with accommodation, food and drink in the unique country setting we have.”

Tracey emphasised the need to have “that high level of customer service”.

Spook night next Friday (October 27) will be the start of a regular Friday deal where children aged 12 and under can have a $5 dinner comprising main course and dessert.

Spook night, meanwhile, will be the Linville Hotel’s Halloween night which features a movie under the stars from 6pm.

Children are encouraged to come dressed in a costume as prizes are on offer for the most ‘spook-tacular’ outfits, and there will also be a prize winner for the colouring competition.

With the Melbourne Cup luncheon on Tuesday November 7, bookings are essential as there will be a special lunch menu that day in addition to the screening of the racing action.

There will also be sweepstakes, and prizes for best dressed.

With the end of the year looming, Tracey said the hotel staff were also looking at Christmas packages for groups of 20 or more people, while the hotel could also cater for events such as birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, and mid-week weddings.

Additionally, community groups such as art, music and business groups could use the dining area as a private area for monthly meetings.

Tracey said the hotel staff had done meat tray raffles and given the takings to the Linville Progress Association, while money raised from other raffles was given to Linville State School.

“A country pub is a place where you can support and give back to your community as much as you can,” Tracey said.


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