In our charming capital, there are far few opportunities to engage in the history of post-colonial Australia. Fortunately, The Old Canberra Inn – built in 1857 – provides a beautiful snapshot of life before Canberra even existed.
Once surrounded by sheep paddocks and streams, The Old Canberra Inn is now nestled on the fringes of the city’s inner north. The low-slung roof provides an initial feeling of cosiness and comfort and signals the mood and atmosphere of the much-loved pub inside.
With a warm fireplace, a huge beer garden and a children’s play area, it’s always a good time to drop in for a beer or a glass of wine. Also, the kitchen provides a delicious and high-quality range of pub food. Modern offerings include Buffalo Wings and even a vegetarian lasagna, as well as traditional favourites such as beer-battered fish and a collection of amazing steaks, especially selected from specific regions of Australia’s east coast.
In keeping with the sense of tradition, the cute little bar has eight beer taps, all of which feature craft brews. Even the local Pact Beer is available and reinforces the pub as part of the Canberra community.
There are four separate outdoor areas (one for smoking only) that all feature large park tables and benches. A function room hangs with more contemporary lighting, and there’s also a games room featuring dart board, air hockey and a couple of video games to keep the kids occupied while you savour a couple of extra moments of peace.
The pub offers a variety of $15.00 lunches and a weekday Happy Hour from 4.00pm – 6.00pm. Take the edge of a working day with $4.00 schooners of Pact Beer and half a kilo of free-range Buffalo Wings for $6.00. There’s no doubt that the Old Canberra Inn is considered a local by many, and those sort of prices ensure that it’s easy to drop in a few times a week without breaking the budget.
The Canberra Inn was built in 1857, described at the time as “deserving of wide renown for its excellent beer” and its fare as “first class”. The Inn’s excellent reputation lives on, now with very modern facilities but that historic vibe remains for your next function.
This venue has two spaces, the Kookaburra Room or the Schumack Room so you have flexibility to create the perfect setting for that special celebration.
For enquiries or to book your next function please contact the Old Canberra Inn directly.