Drink a bit of history.
The original building had fallen into disrepair by the middle of this century, and efforts were made to preserve it.
The current owners, The Durney family, have recently extensively restored and redeveloped the inn.
Their work has been recognised by the Australian Hotel Association’s Award for Excellence: Best Redeveloped Hotel – Country, 1997 and in 2007 they won the Award for Excellence – Best Heritage Hotel.
The Surveyor General Inn was built in 1834 for James Harper, using convict labour, and licensed as an inn in the following year. Remaining in the Harper family for almost one hundred years, The Surveyor General is the oldest continuously licensed inn in Australia. The main building, constructed of local convict-hewn sandstone and sand stock bricks, has served as both a pub and accommodation for over a century and a half.
From Cobb & Co. to today countless travellers have passed through its doors (although today, the taller may have to stoop to enter the low lintels!) – from the Cobb & Co. passengers of last century, to the motor car travellers on the main Hume Highway south from Sydney this century, and the many visitors travelling to see the sights of historic Berrima today.
There were originally four inns at Berrima (the other original buildings still stand), but only the Surveyor General has survived as an hotel.
It was, as you can imagine, the favoured “watering hole” for locals – and remains so today.
The original taproom is still the main bar, with stone walls, timber and pressed metal ceilings, open fireplace for cool evenings, and 80 year old carved cedar bar.
There are 6 beers on tap (including Guinness), spirits, local wines, counter lunches, bar snacks, and espresso coffee.
On weekends especially the bar is a hive of activity, and customers can be found enjoying their drinks at tables on the verandah.
You might like to relax in the beer garden under the trees, where a band can often be found playing on Sundays.
There is also a band most Friday and Saturday evenings from 8.00 pm till late, when the Surveyor General becomes the favourite place to wind down at the end of the week.