About Hunt Hospitality

Hunt Hospitality is currently managing The Kent Hotel in Hamilton, The Duke of Wellington in New Lambton, Lakeside Village Tavern in Raymond Terrace, Oceanview Hotel in Urunga, Seabreeze Hotel in Nelson Bay, and Finnian's Tavern in Port Macquarie.

Hunt Hospitality is owned and operated by Stephen Hunt, a third generation publican who, along with his family, has been a part of the hospitality industry since the 1940s. He has a proven track record in maximising a venue’s potential – something that is evident in transformations he’s achieved in the past. In 2014, renovations to The Kent Hotel and CBD Hotel undoubtedly enabled the venues to reach their full potential, while also leading to nine nominations in the 2014 AHA NSW Awards For Excellence.

More recently, Hunt Hospitality was nominated for three categories in the prestigious 2015 Hunter Business Awards, including Excellence in Customer Service, Excellence in Business, and Stephen personally for Business Leader of the Year. In 2016, The Kent Hotel was nominated for five, and The Rutherford was nominated for six, AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.

Having completed his master’s degree in 2013, as well as an executive education course at Harvard in 2014, Stephen is also a firm believer in continuous personal development. When he’s not working on his thriving businesses or seeking out new ventures, you’ll probably find him training for his next run or ocean swim. In his own words, “a healthy mind and body equals a healthy business.”

Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt
Managing Director

Current Venues

The Kent Hotel

Owner / Operator

The Kent Hotel is a landmark in Hamilton’s heritage. Built in 1924, it was one of the first hospitality venues on beautiful Beaumont Street. As an important part of Newcastle’s tourist industry, The Kent Hotel is pleased to offer a venue that has something for everyone.

Bar, Bistro, Functions, Gambling Facilities

The Duke of Wellington

Owner / Operator

Starting life in 1876 – some 24 years after the death of the hotel’s namesake and 60 years after the Duke’s famous Battle of Waterloo – the humble, timber, two-story structure on the corner of Portland Place and Regent Street, New Lambton opened it’s doors as a public drinking house. Today’s Duke of Wellington Hotel is legendary for many reasons; great food at affordable prices; friendly service; a brilliant atmosphere; and (as the barrister from “The Castle” would say) the vibe!

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities

Ocean View Hotel

Owner / Operator

Just off the Pacific Highway 20 minutes south of Coffs Harbour, the historic heritage Ocean View Hotel lies in beautiful Urunga. Overlooking the Kallang & Bellinger rivers, the hotel offers guest accommodation, full bistro & dining restaurant, Pub Pizza, TAB, Sky, Austar & Keno. With a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere locals and visitors alike can meet for a cool ale and satisfying meal. Our staff are dedicated to making your visit with us a pleasurable one. Be entertained each week by live artists or just kick back & ‘love the pub’.

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities, Accommodation, Kid's Playground

Finnian's Tavern

Owner / Operator

Finnian’s Tavern was established in 1999 as Port Macquarie’s local Irish pub. Since then, our location has been renovated and modernised, developing into a family-friendly restaurant.

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities, Beer Garden

Seabreeze Hotel

Owner / Operator

Lay down your anchor and let the salty-sweet breeze of the ocean sweep you into the Seabreeze Hotel! Just as you step off the D’Albora Marina – the Seabreeze Hotel is the perfect place soak up the ambience and quintessential beauty of Nelson Bay. Settle in for a day or evening of dining, drinks or watch your favourite sports. Or perhaps spend a night or two in one of our 18 Boutique Hotel rooms!

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities, Bottle Shop, Accommodation

Previous Venues

The Lakeside Village Tavern

Owner / Operator

Lakeside Village Tavern is a family friendly hotel conveniently located 5 minutes from the centre of Raymond Terrace.

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities, Bottle Shop, Kid's Playground

Rutherford Hotel

Owner / Operator

The original hotel in the Rutherford area, just two kilometers east of Maitland and just over two hours from Sydney. This family friendly hotel has something happening everyday and the RH Cafe is one of the areas most popular restaurants with a menu to suit all tastes.

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities, Bottle Shop

CBD Hotel

Owner / Operator

The CBD Hotel is located in the heart of Newcastle’s Civic Precinct. After a stylish renovation it is quickly re-establishing itself as one of Newcastle’s premier hospitality destinations.

Bistro, Functions, Accommodation, Courtyard, Nightclub, Bar, Gambling Facilities, Kid’s Playground

Mattara Hotel

Operational Manager for IPG

The Mattara Hotel is one of Newcastle's premier venues offering a wide range of facilities from bars to TAB and a selection of comfortable and private function rooms for all your conference and meeting requirements.

Bar, Bistro, Functions, Gambling Facilities, Kid's Playground

Iron Horse Inn

Operational Manager for IPG

Iron Horse Inn is a favourite local hotel in Cardiff. With a relaxed friendly atmosphere its easy to see why locals and visitors alike enjoy spending time here.

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities

Jewells Tavern

Operational Manager for IPG

Jewells Tavern is a favourite local hotel in Jewells. With a relaxed friendly atmosphere its easy to see why locals and visitors alike enjoy spending time here.

Bar, Bistro, Gambling Facilities, Kid's Playground, Beer Garden


Port Stephens Variety ‘Bashers’ Help Raise Over $1 Million Through Newcastle Event
Mitchell Lees | 6 June 2019
The Port Stephens community is no stranger to helping those in need and thanks to the crew at Hunt Hospitality the Variety Bash received an extra $100,000 for their cause.
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Hunt Hospitality aims to raise $100,000 for 2019 Variety Bash
AHA NSW Newcastle Hunter | 11 December 2018
Owner of Hunt Hospitality, Stephen Hunt and his staff at hunter hotels Lakeside Village Tavern, The Kent, The Duke of Wellington, and Seabreeze Hotel are together aiming to raise $100,000 for the 2019 Australian Hotels Association, NSW Variety Bash.
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Pub Leaders Summit 2018: What you missed
Vanessa Cavasinni | 21 March 2018
The 2018 Pub Leaders Summit was held on Monday in Sydney with more than 300 delegates from across Australia attending the conference and expo.
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Lakeside Tavern Finalist In 2017 AHA Awards For Excellence
Rachael Vaughan | 30 November 2017
Raymond Terrace’s very own Lakeside Village Tavern is a finalist in no less than four categories in the 2017 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence...
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NSW 2017 Awards for Excellence
Clyde Mooney | 22nd November 2017
Around 1200 of the industry’s elite gathered last night at The Star to celebrate the Australian Hotels Association NSW’s night of Excellence.
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Hunt Hospitality’s clean sweep in AHA NSW nominations
Vanessa Cavasinni | 27 October 2017
Newcastle-based Hunt Hospitality has received nominations for all five of its venues in the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.
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Hunt snaps up Ocean View whilst on holiday
Clyde Mooney | 18 August 2017
Well-known publican Stephen Hunt has bought the Ocean View Hotel in an impulse deal that saw him prepare and take over the pub in just three days.
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Hunt goes for a holiday, buys a pub
Vanessa Cavasinni | 16 August 2017
Hunt was holidaying with his family in the Coffs Harbour region when a last minute opportunity amounted to him purchasing and taking over operations of the Ocean View Hotel in Urunga in a matter of days.
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New investment model to boost Hunter hospitality
Hunter Industry News | November 2016
The Hunter hospitality industry could flourish with the help of a new syndicate buying model that will help more people get their foot in the door, according to Hunt Hospitality Principal Stephen Hunt.
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The Kent & The Rutherford finalists in 2016 AHA Awards
AHA NSW | October 2016
The Kent Hotel is a finalist in five categories and The Rutherford is a finalist in six categories of the 2016 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.
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Hospitality & Staff Retention – with Stephen Hunt
Adam Le Lievre | September 2016
Adam Le Lievre catches up with Newcastle region legend Stephen Hunt to talk hiring and retaining.
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Hunt Hospitality buys Newcastle pub
Robert Harley | 7th August 2016
The Hunt Hospitality Group has extended its operations in the NSW Hunter Valley, taking control of one of Newcastle's leading hotels, the Duke of Wellington Hotel in New Lambton.
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New owners and a new look
Donna Sharpe | 5th April 2016
New owners and a new look for historic Rutherford Hotel in refurbishment and rebranding plan.
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Clyde Mooney | 23rd March 2016
Much lauded and super-fit hotelier Stephen Hunt has unveiled to PubTIC plans for his latest acquisition in one of NSW’s growth corridors.
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Pub Leaders Summit a resounding success
Vanessa Cavasinni | 23rd March 2016
The inaugural Pub Leaders Summit has been hailed a success, with an incredible line-up of speakers imparting their knowledge and experience to a sold out crowd.
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Lockouts the big Pub Leaders topic
Vanessa Cavasinni | 23rd March 2016
One of the biggest topics at the 2016 Pub Leaders Summit was lockout legislation and the increasing red tape of compliance.
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KENT HOTEL Finalists in 2015 AHA Awards
AHA NSW | 26th October 2015
The Kent Hotel is a finalist in the categories of 'Best Traditional Hotel Bar' and 'Best Steak Venue' in the 2015 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.
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Best advice I was given: Publican
Triana O'Keefe | 3rd February 2015
The most successful hoteliers recognise that listening to their patrons is fundamental to customer service, says Stephen Hunt of New South Wales pub group Hunt Hospitality...
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Newcastle publican in AHA nomination haul
James Atkinson | 12th November 2014
Hunt Hospitality, the business group behind Newcastle's CBD Hotel and Hamilton's Kent Hotel, is punching above its weight with nominations for a combined nine awards...
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Kent Bar & Grill turns 90 in style
Kate Tarala | 2nd September 2014
BEAUMONT Street’s Kent Hotel is turning 90 in style. Built in 1924, the heritage building has been restored, uncovering some of the property’s original features including leadlight windows, pressed metal ceilings and more...
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Schnitzel giveaway a clucking success
Michael McGowan | 28th March 2014
Following in the footsteps of the Newcastle Herald’s gut-busting schnitzel challenge, the CBD Hotel on Hunter Street was yesterday throwing down its own crumbed-chicken gauntlet, aiming to set a record for the number of the most eaten in a day by giving them away for free....
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