New beginnings for iconic pub

The Tarcutta Hotel is undergoing renovation in preparation for its February reopening.

The Tarcutta Hotel is set to reopen in February after being closed since March 21 2021.

It will reopen under the licenseeship of Wagga couple Brendon and Emma Reynolds after being purchased by a Corryong buyer who has bought eight pubs in the past year.

Emma Reynolds said that her husband had been made redundant in his job with Transport NSW in November and they were looking for a new direction.

They didn’t take on the running the pub just for themselves, rather, they have plans for Tarcutta and the surrounding area..

“We are both from farms, and we have seen the demise of regional and rural communities due to fires, flood, mouse plagues and droughts, and over the past two years with Covid, and how the human connection has suffered,” she said.

“We also know Tarcutta has an awesome truck changeover bay and have noticed an increase in caravans; in people travelling. We want to make this a place where people stop, rest and relax.”

The Reynolds’ slogan for the Tarcutta Hotel will be “eat, drink, sleep.”

Mrs Reynolds says the area holds a family connection.

“My great, great, great grandfather was Hamilton Hume, who discovered so much of eastern Australia,” she said.

“We are excited to be able to showcase the region, and lead people elsewhere, such as Adelong, Tumut and Tumbarumba, to start a loop course which could take in Holbrook. We want to get Snowy Valleys Council on board, because they have great publicity.”

She said local farmers had showed tremendous interest and enthusiasm for the pub’s reopening.

“The community spirit has been amazing,” she said.

“Tarcutta residents want to showcase the region.”

The Reynolds’ have been busy renovating the hotel, and al lot of the 1970s-style décor is making way for something more palatable.

“The place has needed love,” Mrs Reynolds said.

“We’ve ripped out the kitchen and are bringing it up to standard.” 

They want the pub to have broad appeal, for a long time.

“We want a long-lasting investment in Tarcutta,” she said.

“We want to give the love back.”

Accordingly, they will add features like pictures of local scenes from over the years and a coffee shop, as well as making it a family-themed pub.

The Reynolds, both aged in their 40s, have run bars and motels before so are qualified for taking the pub into the future.

The reopening is scheduled for next month.

“We are just waiting for the landlord’s procedures with council,” Mrs Reynolds said.