The Tern Inn Owners/lessees

1. Ray Knight - Early 1950's to 1969

Above: a Postcard of the Tuross Motel built by Ray Knight

Ray Knight first built the corner store building (the Tern Inn) then began to build the motel

Above: Tern Inn 1969 (person unknown)

2. Bill and Lorraine Seymour 1969 -1976
Lorraine and Bill bought the corner building. In those days it was called Seymour's Corner

Above: Looking towards the Seymour Corner and Motel at the time of the Seymours

Above: View from Tern Inn circa 1960's

3. Horst and Sylvia Lerche - 1976-1982
Horst and Sylvia lived at Southernwood on Jellicoe Road

Above: The Tern Inn and bottle shop 1983 in the background
Bearded git in the foreground is Lei

4. Ron and Phylis Valentine 1984ish
Ron and Phylis had the shop as a takeaway whilst also running the milk delivery
They sold and moved to the boatsheds to create a takeaway there
(see Boatshed History)

5. Bartons/Kilbournes 1989-1990
(renamed Tern Inn to Quaffers Restaurant)

above: Bill Barton, Joyce Killbourne, Sue Miller and George Killbourne at Quaffers

6. Warren Knight - 1990 -1995
(as Quaffers Restaraunt with a-la-carte dining)

7. Bronwyn and Geoff Ludlow 1996-1998
(operated Quaffers for a time then relocated the bottleshop licence to
Evans Road and moved there to run that
as a seperate business

8. Rick Hart (leesee) 1998 - 2002
(reopened the restaraunt section and traded as Waffle On Icecream Cafe & Crafts)


9. Guenther and Barbara Ploy 2001 - 2007
(renamed from Waffle On to Ploys)

Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2007 Score: 14/20

Sydney Morning Herald GFG 2004,Score 13/20


When Barbara and Guenther Ploy left their successful Blue Beat Café in Canberra they were looking for a quieter life. But when they made their plans known to local operators, they were strongly encouraged to open a restaurant to fill a vacant fine-dining niche in this part of the South Coast.

The result is Ploys, a stylish yet relaxed restaurant at Tuross Head, where Barbara and chef Terry D’Arcy create delicious dishes worth driving a country kilometre for. Barbara’s version of homemade Turkish bread, learned from Ottoman in Canberra, is delicious toasted with Ploys dreamy pate, served with herbed butter, or baked with anchovy or with parmesan and garlic.

Starters at Ploys include oven-roasted Chinese-style duck wrapped in coriander and spring-onion pancakes; prawns served sizzling in olive oil with garlic, chilli and shallot; or homemade Grand Marnier chicken liver, bacon and leek pate with warm toast and red-onion jam.

Mains include slow-cooked lamb shank with pumpkin and pine-nut risotto, fresh rocket and olives; or spaghetti tossed with scallops, prawns, chillies and fresh rocket. Tender locally grown beef might be served with a creamy parmesan mash, plus there’s always a fish of the day and pizzas. Later, you can drift into dessert paradise with a vanilla-bean pannacotta with lime and coconut syrup.



10. Highly forgetable - leesee
renamed to The Fig and run as a cafe


11. Nick and Diane - Sept 2009 - July 2011
Renamed it from The Fig to the Tern Inn Cafe

12. Le Calypso - May 2012
Renamed it from the Tern Inn Cafe to Le Calypso
Henri had been operating Le Calypso very sucessfully at the
Tuross Country Club and relocated it to the Trafalger Road premises.

Henri then sold to his chef, Leon early 2012 - the restaraunt traded until May 2012

If you have any old photos of the Tern Inn that you would like to contribute to this history please phone 44738106

11. Nick and Diane - July 2012
Renamed it from The Fig to the Tern Inn Cafe