One meaning of the word “pub” is described as a culture held inside four walls and a roof, well that’s Knopwoods Retreat to a tee! “Knoppies” as the locals affectionately call it has been the hub of drinking (and socialising) culture since well, way way back in the day. Today “Knoppies” is one of the few pubs in ye olde Hobart town that has retained a true, traditional pub-style feel. Located in Salamanca Place, on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront, “Knoppies” is the place to quite simply “eat, drink and be merry”.
A rich history…
The Reverend Robert (Bobby) Knopwood was Hobart’s first man of the cloth. He was also a larger-than-life figure who left behind him a trail of debt, a famously detailed diary, a broken spirit and a significant contribution to life of early Hobartians. He was a man who enjoyed the plonk and lived life large, and we love that about him. All hail Bobby!
You can read about the good Reverend ‘Bobby’ Knopwood in these intriguing documents that are, along with his grisly death mask, still on display at Knopwoods Retreat to this day.
- Read more about Knopwood and the Hobart Waterfront Strip (PDF - 36KB)
- Read 'To all who pass this place - a greeting' (PDF - 32KB)
Links to more history on the goodly (and beer swilling) Reverend Robert Knopwood…
Today Knopwoods Retreat is one of the few pubs in Hobart Town that has retained a true, traditional pub-style feel. Located in Salamanca Place, on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront, ‘Knoppies’ as the locals know it, is the place to go to relax among friends or enjoy a little bit of Hobart’s rich colonial history whilst you ‘wet your whistle’.