Camden Valley Inn celebrates 80 years in operation at official opening event

2019 marks a huge milestone for the Camden Valley Inn.

The iconic local haunt has celebrated it's official re-opening after undergoing a massive transformation but this year also marks the pub's 80th year in operation.

The popular haunt closed in November last year to undergo a $15 million dollar makeover.

Lewis Land Group chief executive Chris Calvert said he was proud of the way the redevelopment had balanced the heritage aspects of the venue with a contemporary country design.

"Our venues are all about embracing the outdoors, and creating spaces for people to gather and enjoy the beauty of the surrounds," he said.

"Camden Valley Inn epitomises our approach to outdoor-focused social spaces.

"The scenic views, towering trees and heritage buildings are the real focus, so we have designed our venue to make sure these are highlighted from every vantage.

"We want to provide a feast for the eyes, as well as a great menu and level of service."

The first lot of eager customers stepped through the inn's doors last month and business has been booming since.

Renovations at the pub included the demolition of all structures except the two heritage-listed buildings and recently-renovated accommodation units.

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

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

A permanent marquee, a new children's playground and petting zoo were also built.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith officially opened the venue today (October 31) after nine months of renovations.

Set across approximately five acres, new facilities of the venue include multiple bars, a brand new dining area, a cafe, a pizzeria, accommodation, TAB and gaming facilities, a brand new beer garden, covered terrace and private and semi-private function spaces; all of which work around the fifty year old trees in the area which have been fiercely protected.

The family venue also caters for children, with a giant playground and petting zoo with baby goats.

Lewis Land Group head of leisure Brad Jenkins said the refurbishment had also facilitated job growth in the area by creating almost one hundred jobs that have mostly been filled by locals, in an effort to boost economic growth for the Camden region.

"From kitchen roles, duty management, function staff, food and beverage attendants, and marketing and event management, we're excited to have provided more job opportunities for the local Camden economy," he said.

Camden Valley Inn was originally the Camden Vale Milk Bar.

It was built by the Macarthur family in 1939. They 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.

To celebrate the Inn's former life a sculpture of an old-school milk bottle has been installed outside the main entrance.