Railway Hotel hits end of the line

Doors closing after 137 years

ISOBEL EWING
Last updated 05:00 21/07/2014
Owner Mike Smart by Inglewood’s Railway Hotel,
CLOSING TIME: Owner Mike Smart by Inglewood’s Railway Hotel, which is to become a liquor store after 137 years.

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After 137 years, and coinciding with an Inglewood premier rugby victory, the Inglewood Railway Hotel closed its doors.

The pub, on the corner of State Highway 3A and Rata St since 1877, would be turned into a liquor store, owner Mike Smart said.

The liquor store franchise, which Smart did not name, would take over in a couple of months after the old premises had been gutted, while in the meantime the present liquor store would remain open.

Smart wasn't shedding any tears over the end of an era.

"I'm moving on."

Inglewood had a great town pub in the Fern Lodge across the road, he said.

"Inglewood's getting the best of both worlds. They're going to have a good bottle store and a bar over the road."

The pub got a decent last hoorah, he said.

"The last three nights have been pretty good. Plus we won the rugby, so they all turned up last night." If the hotel's walls could talk, they would have some interesting stories, Smart said.

"It's got a lot of history, this pub. I'm sure it's seen a lot of people have a lot of fun."

He had already started work gutting the inside of the hotel, using the matai floorboards to make tables for Fern Lodge.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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