An old Tenterfield favourite is given a new lease on life.
Two years ago, a family from Brisbane took it upon themselves to bring the long neglected Commercial Boutique Hotel back to life. This noble endeavour saw the Tenterfield tavern undergo extensive renovations before its grand reopening as a restaurant and craft beer bar in September, 2014.
To look at, the CBH is impressive. While now boasting a slew of modern comforts, the renovations largely aimed to restore the hotel’s original features and to brighten and luxuriate the interior without abandoning the building’s history.
“Probably the main thing we’ve changed downstairs is the bar, which wasn’t in great condition,” co-owner Tim Dillon says. “But even doing that we’ve tried to match the era, such as by putting black-pressed metal on the bar. A lot of people think it’s one of the original features, but it was brought in to match the existing style.”
This bar is the heart of the revamped CBH and boasts an incredible selection of wines and craft beers. The wine list is very locally focused with many of its drops from across the nearby Granite Belt region, but there are also a number of options from across the country and even a couple from Europe.
As for beers, they only stock beer from breweries that follow traditional brewing methods and therefore produce products that contain no preservatives. There are six options on tap, including one from the Hillbilly Brewing Company just down the road at Deepwater. There are also a further 40-odd bottles to choose from.
Not to be outdone, the kitchen is also a gourmet force to be reckoned with. Head chef Florian Boucereau, who trained in Vichy, France, has crafted a clever menu featuring a mix of tapas, pizza, house made fettuccine and mains. The cognac flambéed scallops are a perfect choice to kick off proceedings, while gourmet pizzas with toppings including roasted pumpkin, mushroom, zucchini and capsicum on a Neapolitan base are not to be missed. The salmon steak is a generous 200g portion served with a creamy lemon dill sauce and the 350g Manhattan scotch rib is paired with chilli and lime prawns and root vegetables.
In case all that wasn’t enough to tempt you, CBH offers live music every second Saturday of the month, where they showcase either a local band or one from a little further afield.
Still not satisfied? Thursday is craft beer bottle night, meaning you can enjoy 15 per cent off all craft bottled beers.
It’s fairly safe to say, the CBH is back with a vengeance.
The Commercial Boutique Hotel is located at 288 Rouse St, Tenterfield, NSW. Call (02) 6736 4870 for more information.