Hospitality Beginnings

South Australian Premier and trend setter Don Dunstan had a bee in his bonnet to get the old house back into the center of Adelaide’s popular society. On 30th June 1973 Ayers House opened to acclaim with a fine dining restaurant and bistro. Visited by British Royalty, Princess Anne and serving Queen Elizabeth II it quickly became the place to be seen in Adelaide. Fine dining opulence of the 70’s was full silver service; closhes, bread carts, fish knives and table flambè, today this open plan space is The Parlour room.

The magnificent Victorian styled glass conservatory extension, added in the mid-80’s, extended the bistro from the Coaching House and stables into the gardens – still many Adelaidian’s espouse “Paxton’s” as their favourite restaurant. A favourite for business (long) lunches, birthdays,
anniversaries and right from the start weddings.

Today the tradition started by Sir Henry Ayers of lavish parties and dancing continues on in style. His legacy is more than just bricks and beautiful spaces, it’s a house built for having fun! Your celebration will add to Ayers House’s illustrious history.

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