History in every corner of the Surveyor General Inn

HISTORY REPEATS: You can sit at the old cedar bar and recreate the days of the first settlers enjoying a pint or two at the Surveyor General. Photo: Supplied

HISTORY REPEATS: You can sit at the old cedar bar and recreate the days of the first settlers enjoying a pint or two at the Surveyor General. Photo: Supplied

There are few buildings that have stood the test of time, and Berrima has many such establishments, all with their story to tell.

The Surveyor General Inn was built for James Harper in 1834 using convict labour. It was licensed the following year and is recognised as being the oldest continuously licensed inn in Australia.

At the time of its construction, Berrima was a relatively new village on the new line of road south, surveyed by surveyor-general of the colony of New South Wales, Thomas Mitchell.

The rough hewn local sandstone (taken from a quarry still to be seen behind the village to the south of the Anglican Church) used to construct the inn can be seen in the cellar beneath it, where ale and provisions were stored within the cool basement.

The original building had fallen into disrepair by the middle of this century, and it has since been lovingly preserved.. The original taproom is still the main bar, with stone walls, timber and pressed metal ceilings, open fireplace for cool evenings, and an 80-year old carved cedar bar.

Licensee, Peter Durney said the NSW Top Tourism award had definitely had a positive impact for them.

A PLACE TO RELAX: This historic inn, in the heart of Berrima has many stories to tell. Sit down and enjoy a cold one with the locals and see what this town has to offer.

A PLACE TO RELAX: This historic inn, in the heart of Berrima has many stories to tell. Sit down and enjoy a cold one with the locals and see what this town has to offer.

"It has brought so many new faces to the town who may not have discovered Berrima otherwise," Peter said.

"It is a hugely exciting and well-deserved win for our little town."

Peter's family has owned the hotel since 1994. "We loved the history and have made the preservation and promotion of the Surveyor General our main drive."

TOP SPOT: Bring the family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal at the Surveyor General Inn in Berrima.

TOP SPOT: Bring the family and friends and enjoy a delicious meal at the Surveyor General Inn in Berrima.

There are a total of 20 team members employed at the Surveyor General, each focussed on bringing great service and food to their patrons.

"Our bistro is the primary focus. We aim to provide every visitor with a true country pub/hospitality experience."

Peter said it was the staff and their commitment to making every visitor's experience memorable that set them apart.

"Even as Berrima grows, and we welcome new members into our community, it still remains the kind of town where you know everybody and can feel welcomed and at home."

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