Camden Valley Inn to close for nine months: Photos

Camden Valley Inn is set to close for nine months so the iconic pub can undergo a drastic modern makeover.

The popular local haunt will be refurbished at a cost of $3.5 million.

The pub’s last trading day is Sunday, November 4.

It will reopen in July or August next year.

Brad Jenkins, head of leisure for Lewis Land (the company which owns Camden Valley Inn), said he was delighted that the works could finally get under way.

“It has been a long process to get here so I think nobody is more excited than we are to get this started,” he said.

“The accommodation service will be open throughout the renovation period, however the pub itself will be closed.”

The renovations will include the demolition of all structures except the two heritage-listed buildings and recently-renovated accommodation units.

The historic buildings will receive a facelift, under consultation with a heritage architect.

Major modern additions to the pub will include gaming room facilities, dining and function areas, as well as additional parking.

A permanent marquee, a new children’s playground and petting zoo will also be built.

“We think the heritage nature of the site is really important so we will maintain that,” Mr Jenkins said.

“[Camden Valley Inn] is a part of the community.

“We’re dedicated to keeping the history alive.”

Renovations to the pub will also include a cobblestone pathway, a pizza bar and a new public bar.

“One of the big things we will maintain is the country feel of the pub,” Mr Jenkins said.

“We think that is really important.”

Mr Jenkins said some staff would be maintained however there would be a recruitment drive when the inn reopens in 2019.

“We see the closure as big, long sleep and when we wake up we’ll be back, bigger and better than ever,” he said.

“We are big on local employment and we see that as critical to the success of our business.”

Camden Valley Inn was originally the Camden Vale Milk Bar.

It was built by the Macarthur family in 1939. The sold milk and cream from the site.

The venue was granted a tavern licence in 1989 and became the inn and restaurant much loved by locals today.

The pub’s planner Michael Brown told the Advertiser earlier this year the extensions would be built in a “country pavilion” style.

“The inn will be a whole new family dining experience,” he said.

Mr Brown said the pub would no longer host live performances.