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Nelson takes The Grand to new heights!

Mt.Kilimanjaro

Nelson Brash, an inspiring and proud Grand Team member, climbed to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro and took The Grand with him!

Nelson is valued by all fellow teammates at The Grand and represents what we are all about – a happy and proud environment.

When visiting The Grand you can find Nelson with an infectious smile greeting you at the front door, kindly taking your order at the bar or serving your delicious meal to your table.

We are all so proud of Nelson’s incredible achievement.

Read our motivating interview with Nelson below!

Nelson at Uhuru Peak on Mt Kilimanjaro proudly holding The Grand’s Logo

What inspired you to climb Mt Kilimanjaro? 

I’ve always seen mountain climbing as a pinnacle of human achievement, something someone can always look back on to remind them what they’re made of. It’s a little bit of temporary discomfort for a lifetime of good memories and satisfaction. Ever since I saw Everest (2015) I’ve always wanted to be the one to grace the skies. I’m inspired to adventure far beyond shores in this life and I believe mountains are the greatest medium for self-discovery. 

How did your colleagues with the Grand Team help you to achieve your goal? 

Firstly my colleagues were always very kind and accommodating to me from the get-go, fostering within me a great sense of belonging and purpose at work. They were encouraging of my adventures and when times were tough on Kilimanjaro I often thought about them, imagining them all in my corner which for sure helped me push on through pain. I knew that when i came back to Melbourne an amazing working environment lay in wait for me, and this notion offered me sustained positivity on the trip. When my proper consciousness eluded me on the mountain my memories of the Grand’s great workplace never did. I think when you feel as close as I do to the Grand Team, you can find the motivation to do anything for we all bring each other higher. 

What does being a part of the Grand Team mean to you? 

It’s definitely a privilege for me to be working at the grand. It might sound funny, but it is an honour in many ways. I haven’t worked too long in hospitality and suddenly I’ve found myself working at one of the best pubs in Melbourne- one nominated for all sorts of awards every year- and I feel very grateful to be fair. The grand team is made up of very unique, talented and dynamic individuals and it means being part of a tight-knit group which exists purely for positive reasons. We bring members of the public together and offer invaluable pastimes and at the same time all our staff find enjoyment In themselves on the job everyday ❤️‍🩹😀. I feel like, for example on Saturday nights when everyone comes to the Grand with their mates, those behind the bar and the registers have done so too. After all, the Grand means belongingness. 

What do you hope to achieve next? 

I’m going to climb either Mont Blanc (4809m) in the French Alps or hike Everest base camp next. Whichever I do next I’m going to do it with my brother Kane, who has worked at the Grand since February 2021. Hoping to scratch another one of the seven summits off my list before too long, too 😉. 

Comment:

I’m not a man of religion, but this bible verse often rang true for me on the mountain. The Grand itself may be quintessentially expressed here: 

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”. (Psalm 23:4). 

Photos of Nelson’s amazing achievement can be found below.


Do you want to meet more of our Grand Team? CLICK HERE!

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NEW Cocktail Menu!

Cocktail Bar Melbourne

Introducing our NEW Cocktail Menu inclusive of 7 Cocktails, 1 Mocktail + 1 rotating Cocktail of The Month!

COCKTAILS:

  • Fruit Tingle
  • Sour Squirm (Our Signature Staff Cocktail)
  • French Martini
  • Espresso Martini
  • Aperol Spritz
  • Frozen Lemon Margarita
  • Frozen Strawberry Margarita

MOCKTAIL:

  • Bitter Sweet

COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH (rotates monthly):

  • June: Jack Daniels Toffee Apple Sour

What is Our Signature Staff Cocktail: Sour Squirm Story?

Our experienced Grand Team created our newest cocktail – Sour Squirm!

At our recent staff party, we challenged our Grand Team to create a new cocktail and the winning cocktail got added to our NEW cocktail menu!

The night kicked on and our entire staff party was a blast. We are so pleased to have our Grand Team’s involvement with our NEW menu!

Check out our staff signature cocktail at The Grand today!

Sour Squirm: Vodka, Triple Sec, Lemon & Lime Juice, Lift & Raspberry Cordial topped with Sour Worms

Ensure you are following us on our Instagram and Tik Tok to see photos and videos of our delicious NEW cocktails!

BOOK YOUR TABLE HERE!

Signature Staff Cocktail: Sour Squirm
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Winter Sunday Roast Special!

Sunday Roast

What’s a pub without a Winter Sunday Roast Special? 

From this Sunday 19th of June, The Grand will have a weekly Winter Sunday Roast Special with a variety of meats altering each week. 

The Sunday Roast will have all the proper roast trimmings – roasted root vegetables, seasonal greens & red wine jus or gravy! 

Book your table online HERE or walk in. 

*Please note if your selected date and time does not appear, our bookable tables are fully booked however we are still accepting walk ins with 150+ seats allocated to walk ins only!

See you at The Grand.

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The Grand is proudly featured in The Warrandyte Diary!

Warrandyte Diary

The Warrandyte Diary interviewed our Grand Team and General Manager, Peter Appleby, for their June edition after our recent award success!

We are incredibly proud to represent the Warrandyte community and take home two prestigious awards at the recent Australian Hotel Association Victoria State Awards for Excellence:

  • Best Outdoor Experience in Metro Vic
  • Local Legend – Peter Appleby

Read the online article HERE or read the newspaper article below.

Thank you for your ongoing support Warrandyte, we couldn’t do it without you!

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Celebrating Men’s Health Week!

Men's Health Week

Are you free Tuesday 14th of June? The Mens Table is celebrating Men’s Health Week with us at The Grand!

Everyone is welcome, not just men!

The Men’s Table is a safe place to share & be heard in a confidential & non-judgemental environment, creating a greater sense of belonging, camaraderie & connection, something that is lacking for many men, even for some who already have a group of mates. It’s healthy to show emotion & share feelings.

The Men’s Table began in 2011 with 12 men who have met once a month for dinner & has since become a national charity & grown to 59 tables across Australia.

There’s never been a better time to get connected & be part of building a community.
This event helps men & the community as a whole prioritise mental & physical health.

It is time we freed men from outdated masculine norms & share feelings and laughter.

Tickets for only $27.50, inclusive of Food, Laughter, Camaraderie & Connection can be purchase HERE

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June & July Live Music Line Up!

Live Music Warrandyte

Get around local talent and support them at your local pub!

Ensure you are following us on our social media channels for the most up to date information including music set times and location.

Bookings are not required for entry and we are always accepting walk ins. 

Cheers and see you at The Grand 🍻

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We won Best Outdoor Experience in Metro Vic & Local Legend Awards!

AHA Vic Awards

The Grand Team are proud to announce we won two prestigious awards at The Australian Hotel Association State Awards for Excellence on Monday 16th of May at Crown Palladium.

We won Best Outdoor Experience in Metro Victoria & Local Legend – Peter Appleby!

Congratulations Peter on this fantastic achievement. Your dedication to your business, team and community is recognised with this prestigious award.

We are so proud of our entire Grand Team to reach Victorian state finalists for 10 awards & to win 2 awards.

VICTORIAN STATE WINNER AWARDS:

VICTORIAN STATE FINALIST AWARDS:

  • Overall Hotel of The Year (Metro)
  • Parma of The Year
  • Best Casual Dining (Metro)
  • Heart of the Community 
  • Best Function & Event Space
  • Best Pub Bar (Metro)
  • Emerging Leader (Alysha Fiumara)
  • Excellence in Service (Greg Bywater)

Photos of our Grand Team enjoying the awards night can be found below.

Thank you for your ongoing support & kind messages!

Ensure you are following us on our social media platforms to be up to date with all the latest Grand information.

AHA Vic State Awards for Excellence – Monday 16.05.22 – Crown Palladium

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Thirsty Thursday is back!

Happy Hour Warrandyte

After over two years ……

THIRSTY THURSDAY IS BACK FROM THURSDAY 26TH OF MAY!

The Grand is thrilled to be able to bring back one of our biggest nights of the week, with an upgrade!

We have extended the variety of drink specials & upped the weekly prizes.

Do you want to know who our first bar shout is? Click attending on our Facebook Event now as they’ll be the first to find out!

More details to come in the lead up to the event so keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook & Instagram.

We hope you are as pumped with the news as we are, cheers!

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We are finalists for 9 prestigious awards!

AHA Victoria

The Grand Team are so proud to announce we are finalists for 9 prestigious awards at the upcoming AHA (Vic) State Awards for Excellence!

We are absolutely thrilled to achieve this status and cannot wait for the awards night on Monday 16th of May at Crown Palladium!

This is a huge achievement for all staff involved at The Grand and we couldn’t be more grateful.

A special mention to Peter ApplebyAlysha Fiumara and Greg Bywater for becoming finalists for individual awards after their interview and/or written submission process!

Thank you for your ongoing support Warrandyte.

Prestigious Hotel Awards x 6

  • Parma of The Year
  • Best Casual Dining (Metro)
  • Best Outdoor Experience (Metro)
  • Heart of the Community
  • Best Function & Event Space
  • Best Pub Bar (Metro)

Prestigious Hotel Awards x 3

  • Local Legend (Peter Appleby)
  • Emerging Leader (Alysha Fiumara)
  • Excellence in Service (Greg Bywater)
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