Federal Hotel

The Federal Hotel just over the Swan Hill Bridge in Murray Downs, affectionately known by the locals as 'The Fed' is a family owned and operated hotel.


The Federal Hotel was built in 1889 after John Gray, who owned the punt at Swan Hill, secured the land and gained a NSW liquor licence. The weatherboard Hotel was completed in 1890, six years before the first lift span bridge on the Murray was built in 1896. “Puddi's” Bistro is named after a former licensee, George Puddicombe, who operated the hotel from 1915 until his death in 1939. Mr Puddicombe was a prominent and popular citizen of Swan Hill for many years. When the hotel was being renovated in the early 2000’s, a brick facade bearing “Puddicombe's Federal Hotel” was revealed, and in wanting to retain some history of the hotel, the bistro has been named “Puddi's”.


The Federal Hotel can cater to a wide variety of function needs whether it be a celebration or a business luncheon. We offer a private dining room which comfortably seats 20 for a sit down meal. Other options include the newly completed outside terrace and decking which seats 50 people or a table inside Puddis Bistro.


The Federal Hotel offers guests a casual and relaxed atmosphere to share a drink with friends. We have an extensive range of tap and bottled beers, wines, spirits as well as making cocktails fresh to order.

Enjoy a game of pool or listen to some tunes on the juke box. For the sports fans, Fox Sports Channels will ensure you catch all the big events on our huge screens.Our Sports Bar is the perfect place to relax and catch the live action, including, AFL, Tennis, Cricket, Horse Racing and more! We also offer NSW TAB and Keno

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