The British hotel is the longest continually licensed and is the only surviving North Parade pub. It opened 1847 as a single storey building, and was rebuilt with two stories in 1876 for the owner Henry Ayers (later Sir Henry) who was premier of South Australia on several occasions. James Wakerling was the hotel’s first publican and it is believed he built the British after his Port Hotel, also located on North Parade, burnt down in the great fire of 1847. The South Australian Brewing Company acquired it in 1937. It was known from c. 1907–1952 as "McGraths British Hotel". In the second half of the 20th century there were some rough times for the pub. Port Adelaide had a bad reputation for its rough crowd. The hotel was closed and boarded up for several years.
In 2009 the British Hotel was bought by an investor, and underwent major reconstruction. The British Hotel became the most beautiful and modern restaurant not only in the Port area but for many miles around. In 2009, the British Hotel won the ‘special project’ category of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield’s first Heritage Awards. The British has unique cellars that provide an inviting atmosphere to sit back and relax! Beautiful function rooms with views of the Port River are located upstairs on the first floor of the pub.
Located in Port Adelaide, right by the Port River. It is easy to find us between the Fishermen's Wharf Market and the TAFE Port Adelaide Campus. Here's a map, but if you get lost, just give us a call and we'll tell you how to get here. Plenty of free parking right in front of The British Hotel.
Please contact us if you would like to reserve a table, place a pre-order, are planning an event or need catering services.
13 N Parade, Port Adelaide SA 5015, Australia
08 8240 2286