It was built with 3 different bars, the idea being that the brasserie was for families, the public bar was called the Boardroom and was a bar specific for serving the Triboard Mill workers and other working men. Speedy’s bar was named after designer and builder who built Collards, Michael Sloane, nickname Speedy. Speedy’s Bar was a high-end upmarket bar.
By 1988, Collards made changes to accommodate the younger market with entertainment. Bands were regularly held, sometimes with bands in all 3 bars at once. It quickly became the biggest pub in Northland.
During one of the biggest weeks, original owner David Collard remembers was going through 19,000 litres of beer. At times emptying one Keg every 3 mins. The carpark at these times were filled with 370 odd cars. They had to put bars on the toilet windows to stop people coming in to avoid the long queues outside!
Local Kaitaia Brothers Henry and Stanley Day spent many party and band sessions at the Collards Pub in the early days and went on to buy the business in 2017, some 30 years after it originally opened. They have since resurrected the bands and large functions, and also creating a great Sports bar atmosphere in the old Boardroom. The pub now serves food daily, has gaming machines, caters for pool & dart tournaments and has a great big screen and many other TV for watching any Sky sporting event.