GALLERY | George IV Inn’s opening date draws near

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Come Melbourne Cup day, locals will be able to enjoy a cold one at the newly refurbished George IV Inn.

The owners of the Picton pub, Adam Cryer and Ross Robinson, said two bars, the gaming room, TAB room, rear courtyard and accommodation rooms would be open for business within the next two months.

The owners have worked closely and collaboratively to overcome several challenges including heritage concerns with Wollondilly Council and major repair work has begun on the much-loved hotel.

The pub, which was significantly damaged during a storm in June last year, has been closed since.

Mr Cryer said even though no official date had been confirmed, the pub would be open before Melbourne Cup day with plans for race day events to be announced shortly.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the pub open for business,” he said. “We will have a soft opening first and once the kitchen and dining areas are constructed then we will have an official reopening.”

Mr Robinson said the pub would not have a functioning kitchen or dining area built by the soft opening but the intention was to have food truck and barbecues serving a variety of food on Thursdays through to Sundays.

Mr Cryer said the beer list was yet to be finalised.

“All the locals’ favourite beers will be back on tap as well as a selection of craft beers,” he said. 

“Entertainment will also commence in November.”

The owners said they were pleased with the level of progress to date.

“Repair and maintenance work has begun on the floors, walls, roof, courtyard and toilets,” Mr Robinson said.

“The cellar has also been cleaned and will be brought back to life.

“We have repaired what we could and have replaced areas like-for-like. We are keeping true to the heritage character of the venue.”

The owners said they were looking forward to working with publicans Brett and Peta Cohen, who have rejoined the team.

“The repair work to get the pub open has been a labour of love for the Cohens and their help in getting the pub up and running again has been instrumental,” Mr Robinson said.

Mr Cryer said details of the plan for the rest of the pub including the kitchen and dining area would be released within the next six weeks, once the development application was lodged.

“The artist impression or a model display of the pub’s new look will be released at a similar time to the pub’s soft opening,” he said.

The owners said they would be working closely with the council during the development application process.

Mr Cryer said details of the plan for the rest of the pub including the kitchen and dining area would be released within the next six weeks, once the development application was lodged.

“The artist impression or a model display of the pub’s new look will be released at a similar time to the pub’s soft opening,” he said.

“The next stage will see the preservation of the original pub and we plan to enhance the previous site.”

“We will keep the integrity and charm of the pub.”