The Short family has been at the heart of the Australian hospitality industry since the 1970s, when husband and wife team Warwick and Ros Short began owning and operating hotels such as The Stoned Crow, Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, The Marlborough in Newtown & The Racecourse Hotel in Randwick.

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From Humble Beginings to a Sydney Icon.

Warwick was always a firm believer in the values of pride, passion and personality. He believed in the importance of being proud of your work, had a huge passion for the hospitality industry, and used his charismatic personality to create the best possible experiences for customers and staff.

After Warwick sadly passed away, siblings Martin Short and Paris Ballantyne, along with mother Ros Short, created W. Short Hospitality in loving memory of their publican father and husband, with the aim of continuing his legacy and instilling his beliefs into its pubs, hotels and staff.

Today, W.Short Hospitality owns and operates some of New South Wales's most iconic pubs and hotels, including The Australian Heritage Hotel and The Glenmore in The Rocks, The Royal in Leichhardt, The Tudor in Redfern and The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks, Misfits Bar and Dining in Redfern and are former owners of Scubar Downunder in Sydney Central.


Warwick was always a firm believer in the values of pride, passion and personality.

Known as one of Sydney’s most energetic and creative Hotelier’s, Warwick (Wog) Short was a leader and innovator in transforming the hose-out pubs of the 60s through various incarnations in the 80s and 90s to the sophisticated establishments of the contemporary Sydney bar scene.

Between his first bars, the legendary Stoned Crow and the Great Australian Wine Company as well as The Australian Hotel, Cargo, Loft and Bunglaow 8, he shaped some of Sydney's favourite watering hotels including Jacksons on George, The Bridgeview Hotel and the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel.
Warwick is remembered for his great personality, wonderful sense of humour, courage as well as his enthusiasm & passion for hospitality. Warwick always had a story to tell, a joke to share and a way of making people feel they were 'in' on them.

This was accentuated through the hotel industry where he was able to widen his embrace to draw so many people of various walks of life into his circle. Staff, managers and patrons of Warwick's Hotels all felt the warmth he radiated.

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W. Short Hospitality has a complete end to end solution for hospitality management, including specialised advisory service. We can tailor a management package to suit any of your operational and structural requirements. For a confidential discussion, feel free to call us on 02 9241 2711 or email


We live and breathe hospitality and our people love being a part of the family.


A passion for hospitality. It is in our blood, it inspires us.


A connected pride in the joy our people bring to our patrons.


Injecting personality into our venues and letting our staff's character shine.


Why should you work for the WSHG?

We offer many benefits such as AHA Membership, development opportunities, transfer opportunities across the group, internal promotions, group benefits and great people.

I have been employed with W Short Hospitality for 3 years and it’s a truly fulfilling experience. I thoroughly enjoy my role as General Manager of the Toormina Hotel, and I know that I have the full support and assistance from the Group Senior Leadership Team. I have the fabulous opportunity to live and work in the ideal location of the Mid North Coast of NSW, whilst being part of an innovative and progressive hospitality business based in the iconic area of The Rocks, Sydney. It’s a win, win.

Carl Mower General Manager Toormina Hotel

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Our Corporate Social Responsibility

W. Short Hotel Group is a proud supporter of a number of Charities, including: