Saturday, September 5th, 2020 - National Hotel

FREMANTLE’S Kings Square is the new location for the famed Freo Long Table Dinner, now in its fifth year.

Tickets for the popular fundraiser, organised by the National Hotel and homeless support charity St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, will go on sale at 9am, September 7.

The November 28 event will feature numerous high-profile chefs including TV’s Anna Gare, Kailis Fish Market Café head chef Pete Manifis, Bread in Common’s Scott Brannigan, Manuka Woodfire Kitchen’s Kenny McHardy and Melissa Palinkas from Young George and Ethos.

Students from the Empyrean Education Institute will provide additional support in the National Hotel kitchen.

The three-course dinner will be accompanied by the some of the state’s best wines and local craft beers from Little Creatures, Leeuwin Estate, Ferngrove Estate and Capel Vale Wines.

National Hotel owner Karl Bullers started the fundraiser in 2016 and was looking to shake things up this year, moving the event from High Street to Kings Square, as part of a larger free community event.

“As well as a fantastic dinner, ticketholders will be treated to an evening of entertainment provided by some of Fremantle’s most incredible musicians and performers,” he said.

“We’re delighted to have Circus WA back on board and look forward to announcing our guest MC and headline act soon.

“This year’s Freo Long Table Dinner is set to be extra special, not only because of its new location but it’s also the first time it will take place on a Saturday.”

St Pat’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Piu said the Freo Long Table Dinner had played a key role in strengthening the community over the past five years.

He said 2020 had been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone and he looked forward to bringing together the Fremantle community through this year’s event.

“While St Pat’s has risen to many new challenges in 2020, the need within the community continues to grow significantly,” Mr Piu said.

“The Freo Long Table Dinner is absolutely pivotal in enabling St Pat’s to continue providing wrap-around services for people who are struggling.

“We rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of the Fremantle community to ensure we can reach everyone who needs support.

“This year’s Freo Long Table Dinner is also an excellent opportunity to come together for a common cause and reignite the community spirit that has been challenged in unprecedented ways over the past six months.”

The Freo Long Table Dinner will take place at 7pm, Saturday, November 28 – other major sponsors include Patrick Terminals, Dethridge Groves, the City of Fremantle and Bendigo Bank.

The National Hotel will be open throughout the day and evening, with the community invited to enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the venue’s bars or while taking in the views from the spectacular rooftop.

Tickets are available from Sticky Tickets from 9am, Monday, September 7. Visit to find out more.



FLT1-2: The annual Freo Long Table Dinner is moving to Kings Square this year on November 28. Pictures: Richard Goodwin

FLT4: The National Hotel and St Patrick’s Community Support Centre have again teamed up for the Freo Long Table Dinner.

FLT5: The Freo Long Table Dinner is back again for 2020 with its usual fun and frivolity.

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The National Hotel reopened in its current form in December 2013. We have created a double award-winning modern bar and restaurant venue in a beautiful heritage building in the heart of Fremantle.

Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. The ground floor comprises a traditional style pub, with a 60-seat alfresco area on High Street, a 4-metre high back-bar display replete with an extensive selection of premium spirits, cocktails and wines complimented by a lengthy array of tap beers. Check out the detailed ornate ceilings, the beautifully restored lead light windows or the bar counter made from re-cycled railway sleepers. Moving up to the first floor there is a huge wrap around verandah split into a relaxed drinking and snacking section or the more formal restaurant setting. The main bar is split into a restaurant and a bar area with restored fireplaces and a 3m screen to catch up on all your favourite sporting action.

Undoubtedly the best place south of the river to hold a function, we cater for everything from small groups to a 250 person gathering, great for wedding receptions, office sun-downers, birthday parties or anything other reason you can come up with to have some fun.

For more information call us today on (08) 9335 6688 or e-mail [email protected]



The site was first used as a shop in 1868, then during the 1870s became the National Bank. In 1886 the branch relocated to lot 30 High St, opposite Sandover’s store.

By late 1886 the National Hotel opened, taking its name from the bank that occupied the site. The site and building was then owned by J. J. Higham, a local merchant and businessman. In 1895 the building underwent a major reconstruction.

Some-time later the hotel was acquired by Michael and Daniel Mulcahy (Messrs. Mulcahy Bros.), who came to Western Australia to prospect for gold and enjoyed great success, then went on to become prominent Hotel proprietors and pastoralists. In 1902 they enlisted the architect Mr Louis Pearce to prepare plans to rebuild an up to date and commodious hotel, worthy of its position in the centre of Fremantle.

The original two storey hotel was to be replaced with a new prominent hotel of five levels including a basement. The hotel was to be constructed of stone and brick with stone forming the foundations and the lower portions of the walls with the brick above. The plans included a right-of-way from Market Street, and balconies totalling 450ft in length and about 9 foot in width. The wall height was 45 foot, extending to 70 foot from the ground to the top of the dome, the flag pole being a further 21 foot high. Internally, there was to be a total of between 50 and 60 rooms with provisions of 13 foot ceilings on the ground floor to 12 foot ceilings on the other floors as well as spacious stairways and corridors. The basement contained a large kitchen, three cellars, two wine store rooms, a scullery, storeroom and servants’ dining room.

The West Australian in 1902 stated that “The architect has, throughout, apparently, striven to produce something which will reflect the highest credit upon his profession, and when the building is completed, it should form a valuable addition to the architecture of Fremantle.” The National Hotel was anticipated to cost between 7,000 and 8,000 pounds. Michael Mulcahy died in 1917 and until at least 1933 the hotel was still owned by Daniel Mulcahy. By 1948 ownership had changed to Mr. T. Dean who also owned the Central Hotel in Perth.

In 1953 Allen & Nicholas carried out works, including erection of suspended awnings. On 15th February 1975 the top floor was destroyed by fire. In 2006 the hotel was closed for a major upgrade. Prior to the completion of development works, on the 13th March 2007, the hotel was vandalized and set on fire which seriously gutted the interior and the roof, however the exterior remained just about intact. The hotel has changed ownership a couple of times since then and in 2010 received the city of Fremantle heritage award for the conservation including restoration and reconstruction of the exterior of the hotel building. The building was purchased by the Carnegie’s International Group in 2012 who set about restoring it into the magnificent venue you see today.

The National Hotel is a substantial and highly decorative, four-level, prominent corner hotel, expressing the affluence of the gold boom and designed in the Federation Free Style of Architecture.

Karl Bullers
P: 0439 990 711


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