Named after one of Australia’s most famous horse races and a short stroll from Royal Randwick race course, the Doncaster with its ornate fireplaces, sandstone columns, leather armchairs and rich timber panelling, is a leader in its pack. One of three pubs bought and renovated by a country family from Berowra who are involved in horse breeding and racing, the Doncaster still retains beautifully heritage-listed features within its spacious modern interiors spanning several levels.
Matteo the current manager of the hotel comes from Italy and first met the family when he worked on their farm becoming familiar with horses, jockeys and trainers. When an opportunity arose to come and work at the hotel in Sydney, Matteo took it as ‘I’ve always had an interest in the hospitality industry from being back in Italy and it was a chance to learn the business.’
Offering several bar areas in a new layout, as well as pool tables, five function rooms, brasserie and upgraded outdoor dining terrace, the Doncaster has something for everyone
It is first and foremost a racing venue though, with huge LED screens visible from every seat, so it’s impossible to miss a race, or the big game. Being so close to the race course, makes it a hugely popular venue ‘the bars get very busy after Randwick Races, there’s a DJ and it’s a fantastic atmosphere,’ said Matteo.
There’s also great food options focussing on fresh, generous pub-style meals that are fantastic value for money, you can even cook your own BBQ! Daily specials are on offer throughout the week, whether it’s two for one meal deals or just great value prices.
For regular customers there’s also a loyalty programme where they can receive 10% off at the bar and bistro and enjoy additional offers every week.
The Doncaster definitely likes a party, and to host them too. On their third level they have five function rooms all different sizes catering for events such as; 21sts, engagement parties, bucks parties and business get-togethers from 10 people up to 250.
So what’s the formula to the Doncaster’s success? ‘There is a reason why customers always come here,’ Matteo smiled ‘we are a friendly pub, friendly staff and management, you’re always guaranteed a good time.’
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