Toowoomba CBD has a new pub, The Rock, located at 520 Ruthven Street, designed as a one of a kind gastropub on the Darling Downs, according to its operators.

The pub’s name, The Rock, has been derived from residents and former patrons referring to the historical Gladstone Hotel as the “Happy Rock”. In playing on the word “stone” out of Gladstone the venue has been rebranded as “The Rock”.  The ground floor consists of a modern dining area, beer garden and street dining that boasts open style architecture featuring green walls, raised planter boxes and mosaic tile throughout. The Rock boasts Toowoomba’s newest gaming room, with the latest machines.

Chef Max Stephenson has returned home to Toowoomba after travelling and working across Europe and the UK before his appointment as Executive Sous Chef at MONA, Hobart and then heading to Clare, South Australia, to open at hatted restaurant. He has devised a menu worthy of a contemporary gastropub.

The yet to open, Top Bar, which is located on level two, offers patrons the perfect vantage point to take in the Toowoomba nightscape. Paying historical homage to the site, the walls of the Top Bar are lined with the Gladstone Hotels original floorboards. The venue is positioned in the same precinct as the established Oaks Hotel and will be the perfectly convenient spot for hotel guests to visit and enjoy meals, drinks and entertainment whilst visiting Toowoomba.

Director Kenneth Wagner is ecstatic with how the plans have come together since its inception nearly four years ago and is looking forward to the venue running at full capacity once government restrictions are lifted. “Although our timing with COVID was unfortunate, we are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase The Rock to the public. The Rock forms part of a much larger project of ours, being the Oaks Toowoomba Hotel, and it certainly embodies a level of quality that is rarely seen in regions such as Toowoomba,” he said.

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