Williams at The Raffles Hotel
Monday 18 April 2016
The Raffles Hotel has been the iconic ‘people’s local’ of Perth for nearly 120 years. It was first built in 1896
and was then known as the Canning Bridge Hotel.
In 1937 the hotel had a full Art Deco transformation orchestrated by Billy G Bennett—a major exponent of interwar design. It was then renamed as the Raffles Hotel as homage to the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
Late last century the hotel was almost demolished for other developments, but push-back by the locals won it heritage status in 2002.
Many eras passed, and years had worn the old hotel but in 2015 it once again was beautifully restored to its
Art Deco heritage both inside and out. Now it once again functions as a sophisticated riverside public house.
The Raffles is one of Colonial Leisure Groups, busiest venues, situated on the banks of the Swan River. Today it
boasts beautiful rooms, balconies and a beergarden. It serves up fabulous wine and cocktail lists and produces
some of Perth’s best dishes sourced from fresh local ingredients.
The hotel is one of a number in Perth leading the way with modern, environmentally-friendly, glycol refrigeration systems. A glycol system replaces refrigerant gas with super chilled water.
In its downstairs main bar, The Raffles Hotel holds one of the largest cabinets Williams has built.
The cabinets were installed by Hayward Engineering who remotely monitor each cabinet so the hotel staff never need to worry about settings— the whole process is looked after automatically.