This ‘grand old lady of the bay’ is Queensland’s oldest licensed hotel, and is only 30 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD in the seaside suburb of Cleveland (there’s even a lighthouse just down the street). It’s a popular spot for weekend lunches, with a large outdoor restaurant in a garden setting with lots of grassy areas, a shaded children’s playground and live music.
The Grand View Hotel was built in 1851, and quickly became popular for its bayside location, sea breezes and beautiful scenery. As well as the laid-back Emu Point Garden Restaurant, the upstairs of the heritage-listed hotel also has the Verandah Restaurant for more formal dining. Fresh local seafood – scallops, oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, lobster and mussels – is a feature of the menu.