Amelia Park Busselton (Case Study)

This elegant yet laid-back tavern is the latest must-see on the food and wine lovers’ trail in West Australia’s south west. Located in Abbey (just outside Busselton), the tavern is rich and sumptuous in European furnishings and style, yet casual enough to turn up in your boardshorts after a surf.

It is the latest addition to the extensive Amelia Park estate, owned by the Walsh family (owners of the V and V Walsh meat processing plant in Bunbury) for more than 50 years. The estate is based around what used to be Newton House, one of the earliest substantial buildings in WA’s colonial history and the former home of Lady Bussell. The house is now known as Amelia Park Lodge, a successful restaurant run by Blair and Renee Allen. The property originally ran beef, but now boasts Amelia Park Horseracing Stud and adjustment, Amelia Winery, Amelia Park Lodge and, of course, the tavern.

Amelia Park Tavern is the latest fit-out to be completed by Caterlink, following our refurbishment of Amelia Park Lodge in 2016 and the Amelia Winery last year. The tavern is a new, free-standing building, constructed behind the Lodge. It boasts contemporary design with high ceilings and ornate chandeliers.

Striking design feature: Black and Brass

Caterlink designed and constructed the bespoke 8.9-metre-long bar featuring two brass sinks, two cocktail stations made of brass, brass taps, kick rails and other brass fittings. The bar was powder coated black, to match the black fridges and black benchtop stone. Moffat and Waldorf cooking equipment were installed, as well as Washtech dishwashers and glass washers, and black Skope back bar refrigeration units.

From concept to handover took eight months, working with Brett Mason from Amber Building company, the company we had worked with previously, refurbishing the lodge and winery.

Its aim is to be the place to go for everything from a take-away coffee on the way to work, a family brunch on Sunday, or a before-or-after-dinner drink. 

The Tavern caters for everyone, including families, by including an alfresco kitchen in the ‘beer garden’ offering pizza, burgers, chips and all the ‘pub-style’ food you expect from a distinctly Australian hotel. You can arrive in your boardies and thongs, or dress the part for a truly deluxe experience, and feel completely at ease.

It is a welcome addition to the bustling food and wine scene in Busselton and surrounds. Located at 5850 Bussell Highway, Abbey, it is open seven days a week from 11.30 am until late.