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Cessnock Hospitality Group is a community-owned organisation comprising four businesses – Cessnock Leagues Club, Paxton Bowling Club, Vincent St Kitchen + Bar and Wine Country Motor Inn.
Cessnock Leagues Club opened in 1980 to provide a home for players, officials and supporters of the local rugby league team, the Cessnock Goannas. The Club has grown to become the major hospitality venue in the Cessnock area, offering gaming, food and beverage facilities and services, and hosting a range of shows, functions and community events.
The Wine Country Motor Inn was built next to the Leagues Club in 2005 as part of the Group’s diversification strategy. In 2016, the Group amalgamated with Paxton Bowling Club to preserve a community asset and continue to service its local community. A fourth business was added to the Group in 2018 when it amalgamated with the Cessnock Ex-Services Club, which had closed its doors the previous year. The former ex-services club was redeveloped into a contemporary hospitality venue called the Vincent St Kitchen + Bar.
With three licensed premises and a motel in its portfolio, the Group became officially known as the Cessnock Hospitality Group in November 2019 to reflect its core purpose and future direction for the organisation.