The Central Hotel is an icon of Port Douglas, and is located midway on the Macrossan St shopping area. Since the devastating cyclone in 1911, the hotel has been completely refurbished, remodelled, and extended, for size this hotel would compare with Sydney or Melbourne. Outside on the footpath are high tables and chairs, with easy access to a number of alternative drinking and dining area's. The very modern additions include three different "verandah" dining area's on different levels, serviced by the "Verandah Bar". At ground level there is a huge area under canvas, with plenty of tropical greenery and two large TV screens featuring football of differing genres and movies.. Seating includes large tables with form seats and comfortable lounges with armchairs. The huge wall behind the screens is painted in two contrasting, dark shades and the new bar overlooking and catering for this area, the same, with a batterned bar front in a dark stained wood attractively featured. Beyond the canvas/sails covers is a completely outdoor area, with a lawn and garden. Inside, the famous "Public Bar" is complete with the usual pub entertaiment features, Pokies, pool, darts' internet and a live band.
On offer is a diverse menu, seafood, pasta, king of the grill, mains specials, kid's meals, salad, snacks and breads. We started with warm Garlic Ciabatta, and for mains we ordered Barramundi, wild caught, grilled, with chips and salad. Also very fresh Garlic Prawns in a creamy white wine sauce, served on a bed of rice with crisp salad. Both meals were very tasty and well prepared. The service was attentive, and prices reasonable.This hotel is extremely popular and we enjoyed our food along with the entertainment provided.