The Raffles Hotel has a bit of a historic journey which includes being the site of the former Canning Bridge Hotel (from 1896) and then undergoing a refurbishment and rename in 1937 as the Raffles Hotel, interestingly named after the grand Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Lets be honest here, The Raffles Hotel in Applecross I would say does not resemble the one in Singapore at all, perhaps in 1937 it may have but today it is a popular drinking pub for the locals and absent is the colonial charm you would experience in Singapore. You can read more about the history of the Raffles Hotel site here.
The lounge bar comprises of a sports bar inside and an alfresco terrace overlooking the Swan River. The Art Deco restaurant offers a separate menu and is located upstairs.
View from the river bicycle path
We pretty much had the alfresco terrace to ourselves and noticing the reserved tags on 90% of the tables for the afternoon, it was going to get busy. The coffees were okay, my cappuccino was fairly weak and DD had the right idea by ordering an extra shot in his one (red cup). It was pretty nice to sit outside in the sun and we were lucky to see a pod of Dolphins swim by in the river which happens to be across from the hotel. The decor is looking fairly tired and I was surprised to see some camping tables being used as additions to cater for the large groups that had bookings for later on.
Two positive aspects of this place is that you can have a coffee and alcoholic drink so it adds choices for the bigger groups that come through and its location on the Swan River makes for a nice walk afterwards or drive up to Heathcote Park.
The Crown Lager sign says it all
Jetty nearby to park your boat
Paid parking underneath the hotel or across the road. Canning Bridge train station is within walking distance.
Mon – Fri 10am – Late
Sat and Sun 8am – Late
67-71 Canning Beach Road
Applecross, Western Australia