Melbourne pub under fire for ‘tasteless’ Facebook posts about Queen’s death

A south-east Melbourne pub has been hit with serious backlash over a series of insensitive social media posts about the Queen promoting the venue.

Kelly’s Hotel in Cranbourne made the posts following the Queen’s death last Friday.

On September 10, the pub captioned a photo of the Queen and Prince Harry: “Make lunch before they die”.

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“The options after that are extremely limited,” the post reads.

The caption then included the hotel’s website and phone number, as well as advertising that restaurants and delivery options were available.

The post received over 1000 reactions and nearly 800 comments.

Kelly’s Hotel in Cranbourne published a series of posts highlighting the Queen’s death on the anniversary of her death. Recognition: Facebook
Many of the posts received backlash from locals and well-wishers. Recognition: Facebook

Another post on the same day again featured a picture of the Queen alongside a photo of Harry arriving in Balmoral after the death of his grandmother.

“Yes, he kept canceling lunch,” the post reads.

“‘It’ll last until next week!’ He said, “It’s not like it’s my mother’s mother,” he said.

“But the next week never came for Grannie Windsor. Have lunch with your oldie!!”

Kelly’s Hotel in Cranbourne. Recognition: Facebook
“Not a bit funny! They need to fire the clown writing this crap,” one person commented. Recognition: Facebook

Many berated the pub for attempting to advertise using “tasteless” means, and one Cranbourne resident commented that it was now “just another local… you’ve become estranged”.

“Not a bit funny! You need to fire the clown writing this crap,” he wrote.

“Dirty ads. I just don’t want to go there,” said another Facebook user.

One woman wrote that she was “absolutely disgusted” by the hotel’s attempt to lure customers.

“Regardless of whether you are a royalist or not, your complete lack of empathy and sympathy in favor of a dollar is deplorable,” she said.

“Another regular customer who won’t visit your place again.”

In response to the posts, dozens of one-star Google reviews were also posted by disgruntled patrons.

“Absolutely appalling advertising on Facebook. Totally chilling to ever visit this place again,” one person wrote.

Another said: “I remember going to Kelly’s with my family as a kid. We’ve moved out of the area and haven’t for many years, but your recent posts and ads mocking the Queen’s death are distasteful and awful.”

While the posts in question have since been deleted by the pub, some of the older Facebook posts that still exist show similar hoax attempts to promote the venue’s meals.

In one post promoting a Scotch fillet lunch special, the caption read: “Considering taking your oldie to lunch today. Over 400 oldies never woke up this morning! Oldies are special!!”

One person commenting on the pub’s posts about the Queen described the series of recent posts as “pathetic attempts at publicity”.

“(The posts) have been questionable a lot lately,” they wrote.

“It just eats the cake!”

Michael Goldie, General Manager of Kelly’s Hotel. Recognition: 7NEWS

Kelly’s Hotel general manager Michael Goldie said the pub was just trying to send a positive message by reminding younger people to spend time with their elders.

“The situation is that we are promoting taking older relatives to lunch at a pub or somewhere,” he told 7NEWS.

“They’ve been stuck at home for the past two years… we thought it would be good to remind younger people of the importance of older people in their lives.”

In a statement to, Goldie said he disagreed with the tone of the backlash the pub had received.

“Everyone shows grief in different ways,” he said.

“If some require an apology to grant the closure, consider that done. But if we’ve spared someone the heartache of missing one last dinner with a loved one…”

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