Who We Are

About Us

The Hunt Club Hotel  Merrijig opened on September 2nd 1873 and still has it’s rustic charm today.

First opened by William Lovick, a family that still has a strong hold on Merrijig today, the pub has seen many visitors come through the doors and fall in love with it’s country charm – And current owner David (Ralph) Nemeth is proud to still be offering the rustic charm and friendly country service that has always captured the patrons affection and loyalty to the country pub… the cold cold beer still served today is another aspect we all love.

Over the generations, the pub has been owned by local families from the Lovick’s to the Purcell’s with each owner offering the same country-family charm and some pretty good times. From pack-horses to today’s modern visitor, the pub still remains the meeting hub for those living in the area and or those who are just passing through.

Today the pub offers a 90-seat bistro offering affordable quality country meals in generous portions, and with our two open fireplaces, it’s the perfect spot to warm up after a chilly winter’s day. During summer, our bistro is blissfully chilled via the aircons or you can head outside and enjoy the views from our decks.

The pub also hosts many bands and events, such as our popular Open Mic Sessions, and is your perfect country venue for any event. Our team are happy to sit down and discuss your requirements and help make your event perfect.

So next time your passing through Merrijig, call in for a cold one or a bite to eat and say Hi to our team, their always up for a chat and are happy to talk about our unique location.

Publican – Ralph

Where the frig is...


Merrijig is nestled at the foot of the Victorian High Country and gateway to Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Craigs Hut and the backcountry.

With the Delatite River running through family farm, snow capped mountains, picturesque views, and hidden trails into the wilderness, Merrijig is a popular tourist destination for Bushwalkers, horse riding, motorbike riding, camping, fishing, 4 wheel driving, hikers, hunters, skiers and boarders, and photographers who revel in the opportunity to explore.

Although the Hunt Club does not offer accommodation, you can easily find venues throughout the area to cater for your needs, whether it's for a weekend getaway, a family holiday or a seasonal tree-change.