Our iconic local hostelry, The Vic Public House celebrates its 30th birthday this week. It first opened as a tavern, The Victorian Rose, in June 1992. The current owners, the Williams family have owned it for the last 12 years. The celebrations will be completed with a party on Saturday 4th June with live music in the evening.
The Victorian heritage building was built as an Insurance Office in 1889. It has also been a shop, a Law Practice, and offices for Nelson City Council before becoming The Victorian Rose in 1992. It became a Mac’s Brew Bar in 2008. In 2013 the ‘old girl’ was given a new lease of life with full earthquake strengthening and continues to face the future in very good shape considering she is 133 years old!
Ian Williams commented that The Vic has seen a lot if celebrations in its time, not to mention the wonderful staff that have served loyal locals over the years. “After the challenges of the last two years, it’s wonderful to have a reason to celebrate. We are particularly keen to see former licensee owners, staff and customers from the past at our party on Saturday, and we look forward to hearing some great stories over a beer or two. We might even get a visit from those who have worked at 281 Trafalgar Street even before it became a pub.”
THE VIC PUBLIC HOUSE, 281 TRAFALGAR STREET, NELSON
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