FORGET the days of going to your local for a quiet drink or two.
At the Red Beret Hotel, there’s always so much more.
With mouth-watering meals, a sports bar, TAB, gaming room, Madison’s function rooms and a spacious deck to relax and unwind on, the Red Beret is a mecca for dining and entertainment.
Red Beret general manager Jeanine Cooke says it is those features, combined with listening to what customers want, that ensures the hotel appeals to a wide customer base across the Redlynch area.
“Wherever you are in the venue, it’s always about having a good time,” she says.
“We love seeing people have fun.”
With a long and storied history stretching back decades, Jeanine says the Red Beret has reinvented itself under the watch of owner Tom Hedley to ensure that it retains its family hotel values whilst keeping up with current trends.
“When you want people to come back, you need to be constantly keeping it fresh,” Jeanine says.
“There’s really something here for everybody.
“It’s stood the test of time because we’re in Redlynch and not the city, so we’re not relying on the tourist trade.
“Our regulars are people who live in the area and this is their go-to place to get together with friends and family.”
Adding to the appeal of the hotel, children catered for with littlies play areas, video games and iPads all provided to ensure the kids are kept entertained while mum and dad relax.
Upstairs, patrons will find Madison’s Function Rooms – two beautifully refurbished rooms fully equipped with their own bar and kitchen.
Combined with an impressive balcony, Madison’s is the perfect setting for all types of celebrations and weddings, as well as conferences and training events.
“We opened Madison’s about two years ago and it’s been very well received,” Jeanine says.
“We have regular wine dinners hosted by various wine companies and we’re looking forward to our Melbourne Cup lunch in November where we have our own in-house fashions on the field with great prizes and show the race on two big screens. The last two years have been a great success with close to 200 people each year.”
Always committed to improving their overall product, a recent kitchen revamp and change of menu at Dylan’s Bistro has received glowing feedback from patrons who love the choice of meals now offered.
“We’ve now got a fantastic team in the kitchen and the meals are the best they’ve been for a long time,” Jeanine says.
“We’ve still got the pub favourites but the “Chef’s Selections” the team are serving up are sensational.”
Big sporting events are always popular too at the Red Beret Hotel. With big screens throughout the venue, everyone can watch the event and be part of the great atmosphere as the crowd cheers along.
“It gives you goosebumps,” Jeanine says.
“Tom and I are also passionate about giving back to the community and the hotel sponsors many junior and senior sporting teams. We run our Friday night Goose Club to help those teams raise money and regular raffles throughout the week as well. We also put our hand up to help with charity fundraisers wherever possible.
“The hotel and staff are our family. We want to keep it as an iconic venue and something all of our guests feel they’re part of.”
Photos by Silvia Mogorovich