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A HOTEL WITH OVER 130 YEARS OF HISTORY

The Elephant & Castle Hotel has been situated on Mckillop Street since 1870 when a gentleman by the name of John Richards first acquired the license. The current front of the building was built in 1891 and is still seen today. The pub has had many licensees over the 100 years of operation, but one thing has stayed the same – the gentle family atmosphere. So when Mr Paparazzi DARRYN LYONS took over the license in early 2012 the same foundation remained but with a modern flair.

The name Elephant & Castle has long history back in England particularly in South London, our pub was named after a local ale house in the same area. Where the name of the pub comes from is one of debate, but here is one of our favourite yarns…

Around the 14th century back in merry old England lived a noble family from Castille in France. The family had a son who was trying to marry off to a rich English princess. Then as now, the activities of royals were followed with a keen interest and were a popular topic of conversation around the local taverns. The interest in this particular family was of greater hype because of the insuring romance. Now back in those days England was actually a bilingual nation with many of the nobles speaking French. For this reason the Castille’s son was known as “L’enfant De Castille”. Perhaps to be topical or to drum up business, or whatever the reason, a local innkeeper decided to name is bar after the young noble. The cockneys of London who, believe it or not, had not taken French lessons had a little trouble with the name of the inn. Before long the pub become known to all the locals as the Elephant & Castle. Incidentally, we have no idea if the young noble got his girl.

Whether that tale is true or not doesn’t matter in our book, as long as the Hotel has the same local feel as the one in the tale. Why not come down and find out for yourself?

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The Elephant & Castle Hotel is located on the fringe of central Geelong at 158 McKillop Street.

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ELEPHANT & CASTLE HOTEL | 158 McKILLOP STREET GEELONG VIC 3220 || PHONE: 03 5221 3707 || ENQUIRIES@ELEPHANTANDCASTLE.COM.AU