Freshwater’s Harbord Hotel reopens with a stunning new look

Freshwater’s beloved beachside pub Harbord Hotel (formerly Harbord Beach Hotel), has reopened with a stunning new terrace, restaurant and cocktail bar.

Just a short stroll from the shoreline, the redesigned Harbord Hotel celebrates Freshwater’s history and its unique claim as the birthplace of surfboard riding in Australia. 

The new owners of the almost century-old pub, Glenn Piper and Lachlan Cottee, have hopes for the new restaurant and bar to become “an extension of the area and a second home to many”.

Harbord Hotel Foyer

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Designed in collaboration with Alexander & Co, the new space dons a sun-bleached identity. Inside, you’ll find beachy interiors and walls adorned with surfing nostalgia and vintage images. There’s even a surfboard rack out the front so locals can stroll on in after a dip in the sea.

Parts of the building that were previously blocked, including the heritage staircase and arches, have now been exposed. While the terrace has been expanded to include an outside bar and more seating.

Open from 7am to late, Harbord Hotel is a place where morning brunch stretches out to the afternoon and turns seamlessly into sundown drinks and dinner.

Harbord Hotel main bar

What’s on the menu

Harbord Hotel has recruited Freshwater local Adam Rust (ex-12 Micron) to be the new head chef. 

The menu delivers up a classic pub feed with a coastal twist. Along with the favourites like fish and chips, chicken schnitzel and burgers, guests can enjoy a range of summery snacks like Queensland prawn cocktails, tuna and avocado tostadas, and fresh oysters.

Coffee and breakfast options like smashed avo and chia bowls will also be available for early risers.

Harbord Hotel entrance

Harbord Hotel will also soon be opening a new restaurant and cocktail bar called Balsa. The menu here will be a little more high-end, combining the flavours of the ocean with salt, wood and smoke.

Expect mains full of flavour, complemented by a drinks list that takes the smoke and salt philosophy to the next level.

Think margaritas with chilli salt smoked in the wood-fire, coastal and volcanic wines and crisp Aussie beers. Plus a choice of summery cocktails and non-alcoholic drops.

To top it off, guests will be able to enjoy their sundowners with live music. The entertainment will champion local Northern Beaches talent including Shag Rock, Aodhan and Great Gable.

Harbord Hotel is set to expand even more in the future, with the addition of boutique accommodation and a café. So, watch this space.

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Harbord Hotel Main Bar Window

Images: supplied/Harbord Hotel

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