ALL IN (from left): Chef Sam Tolliday, manager Hannah Tolliday, director Sarah Morris and her husband Blaine Morris have reopened the Moura Tavern and are in it for the long haul.
ALL IN (from left): Chef Sam Tolliday, manager Hannah Tolliday, director Sarah Morris and her husband Blaine Morris have reopened the Moura Tavern and are in it for the long haul. Carly Goody

Moura Tavern gets a fresh lease on life with new management

IT'S been an on-again, off-again affair for a few years now.

But the Moura Tavern's new director wants to make it clear she and her family are in it for the long haul.

The hotel and functions venue reopened its doors in June under the direction of Sarah Morris, also known as the director of Moura Memorial Pool.

Mrs Morris told The Central Telegraph she had never run a pub before, but she and her family were determined to make the new venture a success.

"It took some elbow grease to get the place back to being (clean) after more than a year closed," she said.

"But I've got a magic team - my husband, as well as my sister and brother-in-law.

"I've also got a son and a daughter and three stepsons.

"They like getting in and helping out. Everyone pitches in."

 

Sarah Morris and her family have reopened the Moura Tavern.
Sarah Morris and her family have reopened the Moura Tavern. Carly Goody

Mrs Morris said she hoped to provide a relaxed, family atmosphere at the tavern, where anyone could come along and feel welcome.

New facilities including a playground on the veranda now complement a function room and other features she said were perfect for corporate or private events.

Mrs Morris said postcode-restricted vouchers recently distributed by mining firm Anglo American after the destruction of Gibihi Rd had drawn attention to what was available for local shoppers.

"The region on the whole is on its way up, so we wanted to make sure there was somewhere for people to enjoy it and also to help that process along," she said.

"We're very grateful for the community support we've received already.

"Being local people, I think people know we're not here to make a million dollars and leave. We want to provide a service for the community which I think Moura definitely deserves."

 

IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL: Sarah Morris is learning on the job as she takes over as director of the newly-reopened Moura Tavern.
IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL: Sarah Morris is learning on the job as she takes over as director of the newly-reopened Moura Tavern. Carly Goody

Mrs Morris said having brother-in-law Sam Tolliday on board as head chef had smoothed the transition.

Mr Tolliday, who has 18 years' experience, moved from the Sunshine Coast with his family for the job.

"He's got a huge passion for paddock-to-plate food and he loves what he does," Mrs Morris said.

"So that's made it a little easier ... but while everyone else is still learning, I get to do a bit of everything.

"I spent the first two weeks washing dishes!"

  • The Moura Tavern is open 10am to late, seven days a week.

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