The Hotel’s highly-anticipated refurbishment will be unveiled in a matter of weeks and pay tribute to the surf culture of the area with a brand-new restaurant, bar and cafe.
Harbord Hotel, which has stood proudly as a community landmark for nearly a century, will unveil the first phase of its spectacular refurbishment this December. The reopening will offer Freshie locals a beachside escape encapsulated by the area’s rich history and young spirit, just as summer hits.
Formerly known as the Harbord Beach Hotel, the venue changed hands earlier this year for the first time in more than four decades. Now in the dedicated hands of Freshwater locals Glenn Piper and Lachlan Cottee, the hotel will witness an evolution designed to keep the locals and the area’s surf culture in mind. The result is a true beachside haven that will continue to be a community landmark for everyone to be proud of.
“We are honoured to be the new custodians of a venue that is so entrenched in the Freshwater community,” says Glenn. “Everyone knows that undeniable Freshwater current — it’s magic, and something that has guided us throughout this process. Life doesn’t need to be complicated when you’ve got the fundamentals down to a fine art. Good mates, great food, cold beer and cracking tunes. And of course, the ocean. We’re so grateful for everyone’s support and patience this year, and can’t wait to swing open the doors and see everyone back enjoying this special venue again.”
What to expect at the new Harbord Hotel
The first phase of the hotel’s refurbishment will show you a transformed ground floor including the expansive main bar and courtyard. It will also support the exciting launch of Balsa, a new casual and coastal dining experience that captures the soul of Freshwater. Head Chef Adam Rust (ex-12 Micron) who grew up and still lives in Freshwater, will harness the simple and natural flavours of salt, wood, and smoke to cook the best ingredients that he can find, sourcing the freshest, finest seafood and foraging along the coastline for herbs. The drinks menu will take the smoke and salt philosophy to the next level, hero-ing riffs on margaritas, coastal wines and crisp Aussie beers, with a strong representation of non-alcoholic drops.
By working alongside architects Alexander & Co, the owners have used Freshwater’s history and claim as the birthplace of surfing in Australia to re-do the venue’s interior and exterior. You will be greeted by a mural courtesy of local artist Ash Holmes and have the chance to stroll right up to its sun-soaked courtyard for some downtime. The outer facade will have a new sun-bleached identity and previously covered areas will now be exposed for that extra bit of coastal charm.
“We want Harbord Hotel to be more than just a pub for our guests,” explains Glenn. “It’s a home, a hangout, a place where you can pop in after a surf and grab a bite to eat, and be on a first-name basis with staff, where morning brunch stretches out to the afternoon and daytime turns seamlessly into sundown.”
A summer to remember at Harbord Hotel
There’s already an incredible action-packed first summer of free events and entertainment for both locals and outside visitors to enjoy. There’s going to be a strong focus on live music and showcasing Northern Beaches talent. To keep up to date with the latest news so you can plan your days accordingly, sign up here.
To maintain the hotel’s historical charm and significance, the team are being careful not to rush through the refurbishment. Later on, the second phase will include a boutique accommodation building and cafe to keep the excitement alive.
Stay tuned for more details!