Bordertown's Woolshed Inn recognised for transformation

NEW CHANGES: Lauren Nelson (left), Gale Jarrett and Tatiara District Council's Diana Penniment pose with an award from 'Bordertown on the Move'. Photo: Taylor Harvey.
NEW CHANGES: Lauren Nelson (left), Gale Jarrett and Tatiara District Council's Diana Penniment pose with an award from 'Bordertown on the Move'. Photo: Taylor Harvey.

'Bordertown on the Move' has awarded the Woolshed Inn an award for special effort, recognising the renovations the pub undertook two years ago.

The certificate was created to recognise local businesses that have made significant upgrades to modernise their facilities.

Manager Lauren Nelson said the hotel made the decision a couple of years ago to upgrade its facilities, recognising it needed a bit of a facelift.

"Two years ago the pub was renovated, basically modernising it and refreshing it," Lauren said.

Regular patrons slowly saw the hotel change before their eyes, with a number of older parts of the pub being swapped for newer and better looking replacements.

At the start of the renovation, the hotel replaced its tables, chairs, carpet and new roof inside the building.

Lauren said there were a few additional renovations made after the original changes, including adding a beer garden and improving the accommodation buildings.

"We still have plans of adding onto the beer garden and all 11 rooms of accommodation have been completely renovated. Our bottle shop has also been done up as well," Lauren said.

Lauren added that the existing kitchen was "gutted" during the renovations, turning it into a commercial kitchen.

The hotel made the decision to make sure every aspect of the pub received some sort of upgrade.

"Pretty much the whole pub has been a facelift, at least. However, the dining area probably received the most love," Lauren said.

The amount of work put into the dining area has made a massive difference to the business, allowing for the hotel to host more functions.

"Improving the dining area has allowed us to host much bigger functions and has made it a more family friendly pub environment," Lauren said.

The installation of a children's corner has now provided a space for younger kids to play and relax, with the change garnering a lot of positive feedback.

Since the majority of the renovations have been completed, locals and visitors have made a number of positive comments on how the pub has changed for the better.

"We get a lot of people who travel through town and they 'Oh wow' it's changed," Lauren said.