The Sovereign Hotel Group, which owns Transport in Melbourne’s Federation Square, has acquired the historic Ball Court Hotel in Sunbury, Melbourne.

As the only surviving 19th Century hotel in the north-western Melbourne town, the hotel group is now bringing new life to the iconic venue, according to venue manger Kristy Shaw.

Changes include extended trading hours, an al fresco dining area that is open seven days a week and a new wine list reflecting the local producers.

“The priority for us is to establish the Ball Court Hotel as the first choice for locals and visitors to the area,” Shaw said.

“This will be achieved by delivering great atmosphere, exceptional service and the highest quality food and beverage options.”

The bluestone venue was built in the mid-1870s by owner John Cahill, who named the hotel after a nearby handball court.

Sovereign Hotel Group took on the venue in March and it has a main bar, restaurant, TAB and bottle shop under the Thirsty Camel banner.

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