The former Criterion Hotel has been transformed into a warm, inviting Provincial Bistro & Bar complete with a remarkable fit-out of natural timbers and textures. Huge original steel
beams are highlighted and fit seamlessly alongside specially imported light fittings,
individually designed chairs and barstools draw inspiration from Danish designers and
traditional Aix-en-Provence form. A beautiful feature stone wall made from locally sourced
Yapeen slate and a staircase of recycled Ash timber, rounds out a stunning interior.
Public Inns main attraction, their unique barrel wall, is complete with six working wine
barrels. Goldfields style carafes are the order of the day, with the concept celebrating the
regions wine industry.
Owner and managing director Hayden Winch is a hospitality industry professional having taken his career from Central Victoria to Melbourne, then onto Vietnam, Dubai and Hong Kong.
During his time abroad, he has overseen a number of hotel fit outs while in the position of General Manager for either Hotel Groups or Restaurant Groups. For a small period he worked in an interior design firm in Dubai, to broaden his skills.
Hayden has described the venue as a Provincial Bistro and Bar, and with this theme, the concept was to create a light, comfortable, airy space which had layers of natural texture.