Revamp for iconic pub

2011-02-10 00:00

THE iconic Hilton pub and restaurant, Crossways, is under new ownership and will undergo refurbishments in the coming weeks, including the introduction of an in-house brewery.

The new owner is a South African restaurateur, pub-owner and entrepreneur, Robert Mitchell, who is assisted by managers Adrian McWilliams and Matthew Swemmer.

Mitchell, who is based in Hillcrest, has been involved in the establishment and running of a number of well-known pub brands, including the Keg franchises, McGinty’s franchise company, Billy The B.U.M.S cocktail bar and Bistro, Joe Kool’s, American Bar and Bistro and the Firkin brand.

Crossways, which was established around 1913, is a popular venue in Hilton. Mitchell and his team plan to consult local residents about the naming of the venue, as well as the facilities they prefer.

He told The Witness that the name “Old Main Brewery at Crossways” is one possibility.

The changes will include the establishment of the Old Main Brewery, which will produce one of Mitchell’s brands, Foxx Lager.

The pub area will be revamped and upgraded to an old English-style pub.

The conference facility, which is upstairs, will also be revamped.

The current “pool room” will be transformed into a “showroom” for ladies, hosting birthday parties, cocktail parties and other functions.

Mitchell said the garden area, which complements the 1700 square-metre building, will be turned into a beer garden.

McWilliams told The Witness that Crossways served as a stop-over point for ox-wagons from 1896 and that a hotel was established around 1908.

“There will be a shut-down from February 21 to the first week of March for the refurbishments,” he said.

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