Lonely Planet Writer

Last orders for Hobart institution, Knopwood's Retreat

A Salamanca Place institution, Knopwood’s Retreat will be calling last orders for good this Friday in Hobart. The historic building has operated as a pub since it was founded as The Whaler’s Return in the early 1800s.

Salamanca Place.
Salamanca Place. Image by Bryn Pinzgauer / CC BY 2.0

It was named Knopwoods in 1980 after its founder by Reverend “Bobby” Knopwood and is affectionately referred to as Knoppies by locals. The current licensee was not given the option to renew the lease. The publican, Kate Cawthorn, said “It’s pretty shattering, we were probably the last people to know that we weren’t going to get an option to renew the lease and it’s such an iconic venue,” she said: “I grew up in Hobart so I’ve always known Knopwoods and when we got the opportunity to, firstly work there and then to purchase it, it was the best thing ever.”

The building owner, Peter Behrakis told the ABC the decision to change the decor of the premises or to alter its service was up to the discretion of the new licensee Mr Routley. A farewell to Knoppies party is being held on 11 December, two days before the keys to the pub are due to be handed over. Read more: abc.net.au