The iconic Camden Valley Inn is about to get a drastic modern-style makeover with millions of dollars to be spent transforming the tired-looking pub.
The popular local haunt will be refurbished at a cost of $3.5 million.
Works will begin after Mother’s Day and are expected to take 12 to 18 months.
Locals will be happy to know the Cawdor pub will remain open during the renovations, however, some sections of the hotel may need to close for a short time.
General manager of Lewis Land Leisure (the group that owns the inn), Brad Jenkins described the revovations as an exciting time in the inn’s long history.
“Camden Valley Inn has a very busy, colourful past, and we are looking forward to returning it to its former glory,” he said.
“Our community will soon enjoy a high quality upgraded facility that still retains country charm.
“Multiple new offerings will include conference and wedding function space, bistro, gaming, rejuvenated gardens and landscaping plus a new pizzeria.”
The renovations will include the demolition of all structures except the two heritage-listed buildings and recently-renovated accommodation units. The historic buildings will receive a facelift, under consultation with a heritage architect.
Major modern-style additions to the pub will include gaming room facilities, dining and function areas, as well as additional parking. A permanent marquee, a new children’s playground and petting zoo will also be built.
Camden Valley Inn was originally the Camden Vale Milk Bar. It was built in 1939 by the Macarthur family who sold their milk and cream from there.
The venue was granted a tavern licence in 1989 and became the inn and restaurant much loved by locals today.
Mr Jenkins said the extensions would complement the inn’s heritage and create a modern rural feel.
“We are proudly country despite the growth of Sydney around us, and will ensure this remains a key feature of the hotel,” he said. “The family-friendly atmosphere will be focused on retaining our strong local patronage, as well as attracting new day trippers from Sydney and beyond.”
The pub’s planner Michael Brown said the extensions would be built in a “country pavilion” style. “The inn will be a whole new family dining experience,” he said.
Mr Brown said the pub would no longer host live performances.
The pub will be open from 5am to 12am Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 10pm on Sundays. The beer garden will close at 10pm.
The owners of the inn are waiting on final approval of their development application from Wollondilly Council before construction can start.