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Nelson takes The Grand to new heights!


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 😉. 


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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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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Celebrate Warrandyte Festival at your local pub!

Warrandyte Festival

Celebrate Warrandyte Festival at your local pub this weekend! 🙌🏼🍻

We are opening our doors earlier with exclusive menu items available this Saturday 19th of March!

Our doors & bar will open from 10:30am.

🍳 Egg & Bacon Rolls from Grand Kiosk – $12
available from 10:30am – 12:00pm

🥘 Paella cooked live in Grand Stand – $18
Chicken, chorizo & prawn paella w/ saffron & peas
available from 12:00pm

Get front row seats for The Warrandyte Festival Parade while enjoying a beer & an Egg & Bacon Roll at The Grand!

Bookings available from 12:00pm can be made HERE & we are accepting walk ins all day.

Please note there are road closures on Yarra Street from 10:30am – 12:00pm so allow plenty of time for parking & walking!

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The Grand is supporting you!

Warrandyte Community

To give back to our supportive community;

The Grand is gifting 11 x $200 vouchers to those who are doing it tough in lockdown!

Do you know someone who is in need of support?

Someone that may need assistance with their groceries, someone that deserves a take away dinner & drinks feast or someone that deserves to treat themselves to a haircut or night out when we can re-open?!

The Grand is here to support you!

The Grand has purchased 1 x $200 voucher from each of the following small local businesses:

On top of this, The Grand has 5 x $200 vouchers to be enjoyed here at The Grand when we re-open!

To nominate someone who deserves a $200 voucher, please email The Grand team at: with the recipients name & a paragraph on why you think they deserve a voucher.

The Grand thanks you, for our communities continued support & this is our way of giving back to our wonderful supportive community.

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Contributing to our Community & Environment!

The Grand Hotel is proud to share the following statistics we have saved our community in just 9 solid working weeks.

We have been using the BottleCycler to recycle all glass bottles in our venue and are amazed at how much we have saved our environment in such a short space of time.

The Bottle Cycler is an easy and effective way for hospitality venues to recycle glass on-the-go and we are looking forward to watching these numbers grow even further!

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We made the Front Page!

AHA award night photo of Grand Hotel Warrandyte staff with awards - Heart of the community

The Grand Hotel is on the front page of our local paper Warrandyte Diary!

“WE LOVE our pub. In fact, we love our pub more than any other town in Victoria.” – Warrandyte Diary

We are so proud of our Grand Team, for taking out two awards at the Australia Hotel Association State Awards for Excellence!

“The Grand is now eligible for the national awards, which are held in September in Tasmania. It would be great to be recognised not just in Victoria as the The Heart of The Community, but in Australia, it would be pretty special for our little Warrandyte pub.” – Peter Appleby

Thank you for your ongoing support during these difficult times, it is greatly appreciated!

Read the ‘Heart and soul of our Community’ article here!

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