Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PA IS SIMPLY THE BEST; Iconic Ipswich Pub Named Number One in Queensland

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PA IS SIMPLY THE BEST; Iconic Ipswich Pub Named Number One in Queensland

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ANDREW

KORNER

andrew.korner@qt.com.au

IT'S official -- Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland.

Millions of dollars of investment and a lot of hard work has earned Prince Alfred Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson and staff the top gong at the Queensland Hotels Association awards.

The trophies for best hotel overall and best redevelopment up to $2million serve as a glowing endorsement of the huge leap of faith that the Johnsons made when they undertook significant upgrades of the PA -- starting with the construction of the new Charr'd Restaurant in 2012.

The success of the restaurant was boosted further by the construction of the Tapp'd Bar -- a dedicated craft beer bar with 72 taps -- in late 2015.

Owner Clive Johnson said the redevelopment was undertaken using Ipswich architect Peter Johnston, builder Cec Miles and interior designer Allison Burke.

"We are quite proud of what we have achieved using all local people," he said. …

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