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Enjoy a beer in our renovated public bar. 


Come in and have a look at our new menu and our weekly specials.



A delightful paved courtyard with sheltered pool table, bench style seating and outdoor heating for the chilly Kyneton nights.


NKH has a fully serviced TAB for the punters. 


opening Hours


Public Bar + TAB

Monday to Thursday

12:00pm to 8:30pm

Friday and Saturday

10:30am to 1:00am


12:00pm to 6:00pm

Dining Hours

12:00pm to 2:00pm

6:00pm to 8:00pm



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THE Newmarket Hotel

A brief History

Tenders for bricklayers and plasterers’ work with carpenters, plumbers and painters let to Messrs Grant, Pritchard, Gourlay and Perkin and Mr. Stuart Murray accepted January 15, 1868. On June 20, 1860 Jane Murphy opened her new Hotel and immediately took an important place among the hotels of the town. A young Edward {Ned} Kelly was released from the Kyneton Gaol on June 3rd, 1870 and spent 10 days at the hotel before returning to his home at Greta. On February 12, 1880 the Newmarket Hotel had the unusual and interesting experience of the Executive Council of the Parliament holding a meeting there. His Excellency the Governor (the Marquis of Normanby), and the Marchionness, accompanied by Lord Hervey Phipps. Sir Bryan O’Loughlin and Mr Patterson and Mr. Watworth, Clerk of the Executive also joined them. 

On June 20. 1888 the hotel was sold by Mr. Hurry to the Kyneton Brewing and Malting Company. 

Another highlight was a gathering in May 1898 of Kyneton’s foremost citizens who were entertaining to supper the speakers, Hon. Nicholas Fitzgerald, M.L.C., and Mr. J.L. Purees, Q.C. They were advocating the Federation of the Australian Colonies. 

In 1889 Mrs. Marion Ord Hardman became licensee and conducted with great success until 1925. 

In 1904 tenders were let for enlarging the Hotel, by taking the premises at 102 Mollison street occupied by H. Hurry & Son, and providing more lounge and sitting room accommodation, hairdressing saloon and tobacconist’s shop. The architect was T.W. Sutherland of Kyneton. The old wooden annexe fronting Market street that was used in the 1880’s-1890)s as a Mining Exchange was demolished in 1940 to make way for alterations and the timbers used in a cottage in Beauchamp Street. These additions included a new brick frontage with balcony. A new parquetry floor was installed in the new function room in September 1968. Mr George Kennedy and Kyneton Rhythm Kings provided the music for the opening night. 


Compiled by Larina Strauch for the Kyneton Historical Society — 2014


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