It’s the steaks at the Norman Hotel that turn first-time visitors into regulars. They are laid out in a chilled cabinet where you can browse as if it’s your personal butcher shop and chose exactly which cut you’ll have. So it’s no wonder the pub trades on the catch-cry “Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant” (don’t worry, there’s plenty for non-meat-eaters too).
Take a table in the large open Grill Court and Fountain Court, the beer garden or Norman’s Bar, which is also the spot to watch your sport of choice on the massive plasma screen. Or you might be just popping in for a quick drink before heading to a match at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, ‘The Gabba’. The Sports Bar, tucked in a corner of the heritage-listed part of the hotel, also has live sport action and is a favourite with the locals.
The Norman is a grand and distinctive landmark on the corner of Ipswich Rd and Qualtrough St, the latter named after Elizabeth Qualtrough who sold her land to Robert Heaslop in 1885 so he could build his grand hotel. Heaslop named his hotel after Sir Henry Norman, who had just been appointed Governor of Queensland. Norman, who relocated to Queensland from Jamaica, was well-liked and respected and had many places in Brisbane named after him.