New beginnings at the Guyra Hotel

Tash Peltonen with new licensee Andrew Kneen
06th Sep 2022

Andrew Kneen is the new licensee of the Guyra Hotel. He comes to Guyra with plenty of experience having worked at the Royal Hotel in Armidale for around 15 years.
The Guyra Hotel is owned by the Roche Group who took over from long term owners the Foran family last year.
The Roche Group holds significant pub, hospitality and accommodation assets in both the Hunter Valley and Mid-North Coast regions. In the New England they also own the Royal Hotel in Armidale and the Thunderbolt Inn in Uralla.
Separately, the Roche family is heavily invested in the New England area with a significant rural aggregation at the nearby Jeogla and Wallamumbi Station.
Andrew has been taking his time to get to know the locals since taking over a couple of months ago. He is supported by a team of local staff who have made him welcome.
“I love the old pubs and really enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional pub like this one,” he said.
“We will be making some gradual changes , starting with a refresh to the accommodation with the demand for short term stays increasing.
“It is also pleasing to see that we are starting to get people coming back in who haven’t been here for a while.”
Andrew said that getting the kitchen up and running is part of the plan, however this is being hampered by shortage of qualified chefs, so it may not happen for a while.
“Staff are hard to find at the moment so we will wait until things settle down a bit,” he said.
“It’s a shame because we get travellers calling in, usually looking for a meal which we can’t offer at the moment.”
To keep the locals coming in there will be regular entertainment. On the weekend they had Matt O’Leary performing and there will be something different happening once a fortnight. Keep an eye on the facebook for the line up.
Andrew is also keen for the venue to be part of the community and invites any sporting clubs and community groups who are interested in sponsorship opportunities to call in for a chat.