Beers expected to flow early in 2019

The wait is almost over: The site of the old Horse and Jockey Inn which was bought by Club Menangle. Picture: Chris Lane
The wait is almost over: The site of the old Horse and Jockey Inn which was bought by Club Menangle. Picture: Chris Lane

If all goes to plan Menangle Park locals will be able to grab a beer at their local by early next year.

Club Menangle’s redevelopment of the pub formerly known as the Horse and Jockey Inn is anticipated to be complete early next year.

An amended development application was lodged with Campbelltown Council late last year which centred around changes to the building.

The changes included fully enclosing the upper terrace which is currently open, replacing the marquee with a permanent function room and changing the entrance from the back of the site to the middle.

Club Menangle chief executive Bruce Christison said the alterations aimed to ensure weather didn’t dictate the number of patrons.

“Most of what we are trying to do is make it usable seven days a week no matter what the weather conditions are,” he said. “One of the biggest problems we saw was that if it rained or it was cold, trade was smashed.

“Rain reduced the capacity to about 50 or 60 people. But if it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon it was really busy.”

Mr Christison said if there were no hiccups, construction would likely start towards the end of the year.

With the project estimated to take about two months, it meant the venue could be open early 2019.

A name hasn’t been finalised though Mr Christison said there was a front-runner.

“It will probably be called Club Menangle,” he said. “It would be Club Menangle and the racetrack would be Club Menangle Trackside.”

The Horse and Jockey Inn closed in December 2016.

The club also plans to build a hotel near the Inn and race track in the next 10 years.

An artist's impression of what the new club will look like. Picture: Club Menangle

An artist's impression of what the new club will look like. Picture: Club Menangle

An artist's impression of what the new club will look like. Picture: Club Menangle

An artist's impression of what the new club will look like. Picture: Club Menangle