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The formerly derelict Terminus Hotel is now a very posh pub

Written by
Jordi Kretchmer

It’s the abandoned corner pub that sparked a series of viral photos, and a thousand renovation fantasies, and now the Terminus Hotel is finally throwing open its doors. After sitting empty for 30 years the venue has undergone a two-year-long transformation.

If you’ve ever been to Pyrmont there’s a good chance you will have seen the formerly derelict pub sitting on Harris Street. Now the snaking vines, cracked windows and dust have gone, replaced with a schmick new public bar, a cocktail lounge out the back, an outdoor terrace with a retractable rooftop and a nine-room boutique hotel upstairs.

Terminus Interior Photograph: Supplied

Former Chiswick chef Bektas Mustafa Ozcan is serving spruced up brasserie numbers like grilled sumac-cured calamari; slow roasted lamb shoulder with smoked eggplant and pickles (you can order a half or a whole serve); miso pork cutlets with mac and cheese potatoes; and a daily salad bowl. Drinks will focus on craft beer and spritzers designed to suit the sunny, sandstone courtyard. The Terminus was originally named for last stop on the tram line (these days you can actually access it from the St John’s light rail stop) and is one of the oldest licensed pubs in Sydney.

Photograph: Supplied

The Terminus Hotel will open in early March at 61 Harris St, Pyrmont 2009. Mon-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-11pm. 

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