New data from Liquor & Gaming NSW shows Royal Hotel is by far the most popular pub name in NSW.
With 88 Royal Hotels across the state, it’s more than twice as common as the next most popular hotel name, the Commercial with 38.
Other hotels with Royal in the title – such as Royal Oak, Royal Mail and Royal George – are also found in many NSW towns and suburbs.
The Royal name was incredibly popular in the 20th Century, reflecting Australia’s close cultural links to Britain.
Naming a hotel Royal gave an air of prestige and was a winning marketing move given Australian society’s fervent support for British royalty for much of the century.
The late 1950s was the Royal’s golden age, with 43 new Royal Hotels licensed between 1958 and 1960.
Regional NSW is over-represented in the list of Royal Hotels, accounting for 79 of the 88 hotels currently licensed with the name.
Country hotels, in particular, play a vital key role as the cornerstone of scores of local communities across NSW, and provide fascinating insights into a town or suburb’s history.
Despite sharing the same name, each Royal Hotel provides something unique to its local community.
Country pubs bring people together and are often the lifeblood of the communities they serve. They are also major employers and boost local economies through tourism, live entertainment, accommodation and dining.
Here are the Top 10 Hotel Names in NSW
- Royal Hotel
- Commercial Hotel
- Railway Hotel
- Imperial Hotel
- Tattersalls Hotel
- Grand Hotel
- Court House Hotel
- Australian Hotel
- Central Hotel
- Star Hotel
Below is a list of NSW towns and suburbs that have Royal Hotels:
ADELONG, COROWA (pictured above), MANILLA, SOFALA, ARMIDALE, CUMNOCK, MARRAR, SOUTH GRAFTON, BARHAM, DALTON, MENDOORAN, SPRING RIDGE, BERRIGAN, DENMAN, MERRIWA, SPRINGWOOD, BINNAWAY, DUNGOG, MIRROOL, SUTHERLAND, BLAYNEY, EUBALONG, MOREE, TAMBAR SPRINGS, BOGGABRI, EUSTON, MOUNT HOPE, TAREE, BONDI, GALONG, MURRURUNDI, TEMORA, BOWRAL, GILGANDRA, MUSWELLBROOK, TENTERFIELD, BREWARRINA, GRANVILLE, NARROMINE, TINGHA, BUNGENDORE, GRENFELL, OBERON, TRANGIE, CAMDEN, GRONG GRONG, ORANGE, TUMUT, CAMPBELLTOWN, GURLEY, PADDINGTON, WALLERAWANG, CANOWINDRA (pictured main), GUYRA, PARKES, WARIALDA, CAPERTEE, HARDEN, QUEANBEYAN, WARREN, CARAGABAL, HILL END, QUIRINDI, WEE WAA, CARCOAR, INVERELL, RANDWICK, WEETHALLE, CARLTON, KEW, REDFERN, WENTWORTH, CASSILIS, LEICHHARDT, RICHMOND, WEST WYALONG, CONDOBOLIN, LYNDHURST, RYDE, WOODSTOCK, COOMA, MANDURAMA, SCONE, WYONG, COONABARABRAN, MANILDRA, SINGLETON, YEOVAL.