When publicans Greg and Cheryl Daley took on the Quinalow Pub for a second time, it left some locals scratching their heads – but very happy that this community-minded couple decided to return and help the community prosper.
What changed their minds from ‘No, we have already done that’ to ‘Let’s do it! ‘ ?
They had already earned the admiration and loyalty of the locals during their first stint at the Quinalow hotel, and won the acknowledgement and recognition of their peers in the Queensland Hotel Association when they were named in the top ten best bush pubs in Queensland. So they didn’t need to prove their ability or their commitment – but they weighed up all the pros and cons, and saddled up for a second run.
Is it something in the water? Is it the memories of the previous good times? Is it the strong sense of community? Is it the regulars that keep the shine on the bar stools? Is it the partnerships with the nearby Maclagan and Peranga communities? Or is it the vision they can see for the future of this farming heartland so close to the major centres of Toowoomba, Oakey and Dalby?
Well it is probably a combination of all of these. Whatever outsiders see, the hearts of this life partnership spill over with genuine pride and their0 plans to remain an active part of the community even after they hand over the reins of the running of the pub in the future. Their hearts lie in Quinalow and Quinalow hearts are glad!
You don’t have to be a Pub regular to be on Greg and Cheryl’s radar. The Welcome Mat is out for anyone who pulls up and wants to explore the area. While each of them pursue their own interests, together they are a dynamic duo. Despite fires, drought and the effects of COVID 19, this pair see potential and go for it. Their generosity is known far and wide and along with the positive partnership with the school, the Quinalow Pub is the core of the community – fundraising for great causes, the recycling centre or ANZAC Day allegiance – Greg and Cheryl are behind it all!
Greg’s knowledge of the history of the pub, the yarns that have created myths of ghosts and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night and the yarns of the local characters keep visitors well and truly entertained. What are these stories and initiatives that he and Cheryl hold? Well, stay tuned, take your seat at the bar, and you too will soon get to hear the stories old and new.