The Lomond HotelThe Lomond Hotel
The Neagle family who own and operate the Lomond Hotel are farmers who became publicans. James Neagle was born and bred on the land at Edenhope in Victoria’s Western District. They were second generation farmers and as staunch Catholics the boys were educated at Monivae boarding school, Hamilton and the girls went to college in Adelaide.
James was only 24 when his father died. He took over the reigns of the farm but the clover growing business just wasn’t able to create enough income to bring up the family of his mum, three sisters and three brothers. Sadly they all realised that a change of lifestyle was required. They agreed that they would look around for a country pub to buy and run as a family business.
After looking around for a while they decided to approach Harry Meese a well known hotel broker. Harry repeatedly told them ‘the Lomond is for you!’
His insistence to at least take a look at it made them realise that there was a great opportunity to grow a business and keep the family together, albeit in East Brunswick.
30 years later and they are all working the business together still. James runs the bar, his wife Carol does the cooking and his mum Val helps with the cooking and looks after the bookkeeping. All the other family members help as well whenever they come back to Melbourne for visits.
The Lomond has an extremely relaxed and friendly atmosphere, much in the style of a country family pub. Patrons come from every corner of the globe, and it is common for painters and brickies to be sharing the bar with famous actors, Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling crew, local and international musicians, and music lovers from all walks of life. There is a strong sense of community and support… and it’s one of the last musician’s pubs left in Melbourne. There’s always time for a song at the Lomond. There is also an impressive wine list and a mouth watering menu open for lunch and dinner that caters from bangers and mash to the gourmet end of the spectrum!