Originally from Nottingham in the UK, Oliver trained as a chef before going to run bars and restaurants.  He then somehow established a successful career in IT, which brought him to Australia in 2009.  But the love of food and drink brought him back to hospitality when the opportunity arose to purchase the Pavilion, along with old friends and now business partners Sandra Duncan & Darren Eaton.

Our vision was to create a true family-friendly beachside experience, so whenever you are visiting the beach there’s something at the Pavilion for you to enjoy.  Our restaurant offers casual beachside dining with 2 hatted chef Michael Harris, coffee and homemade cake in the café and mouth-watering fish and chips in The Fish and Chippery to the Tapas terrace bar with its casual vibe and beautiful views across the bay and the huge wedding and function centre.

Q1. Redcliffe born or Redcliffe-lured?

Lured. Originally a POM, I moved to Sydney back in 2009 and spent my first 8 years there, before the opportunity came up to purchase the Pavilion. I love it here locally, no traffic, friendly people, lots to see and do on the doorstep, everything is cheaper than Sydney and the weather is a lot nice than it is south of the border.

Q2. What does your business/job involve?

Along with my business partner Sanda, I oversee the day to day running of the venue, which is pretty hands-on running a venue the size of the Pavilion (around 1800sqm) So there’s no such thing as a typical day for me. It could be working with suppliers on new and exciting products, making sure customers are happy, working with chefs to sample new dishes (fav part of my role) or simply tied up with the logistics of running such a large venue – such as unblocking toilets – the worst part of my role 🙁

Q3. Suburb you live in and why you love it?

I currently live in Margate, so I’m close to work. I like being near the beach and good local cafes and eateries – not that I get much time to enjoy them.

Q4. How do you unwind?

I often get home late and usually tired from being on my feet all day, and although my body is exhausted my brain is still active – so I zone out in front of the TV with a nice glass of wine or dark rum. When time permits I love to go bush camping or scuba diving.

Q5. Best watering hole or coffee shop in town?

Suttons Beach Pavilion of course, where we have tried to create an atmosphere that is family friendly and has something to offer everyone.  Whether that be casual drinks on the terrace, beautiful lunch or dinner in the restaurant, take away from our Fish & Chippery or coffee & cake, ice cream from the cafe.


Oliver Thomson

Suttons Beach Parkland
Redcliffe, QLD, 4020


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