After a year of construction, and almost 20 years in the making, Harrigan’s Cameron Park opens today!
In what has been almost 20 years in the making, Harrigan’s Cameron Park officially opened on Saturday 16th September, kicking off what was a weekend of celebrations for locals, keen to experience the venue for the first time, and see if it's been worth the wait. We think so!
Speaking with Marketing Manager Kim Jacobs, Kim explained construction began on Harrigan’s Cameron Park in October 2022, however, the venue has been a part of the overall property development plan of Cameron Grove Estate, which was established almost 20 years ago.
“The licence has been approved for around 14 years, so it’s been a long term plan. We’ve been waiting for the right time and when the population in the area was large enough to support the scale of the venue we wanted to build.”
This long term strategy has paid off with the final outcome being impressive, both in size and design, layout and overall experience.
The wow factor begins as you walk through the doors, as you’re met with an almost altar-like bar design with the grid layout of tiles accentuating the extraordinarily high ceilings.
To the right of the entrance is where the sport bar sits, and the massive screens that display a mix of live sport. Just beyond the sports bar is a separate dining area which doubles as a live music space on Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Taking a left turn will have you entering the main dining area, known as Lakeside Bistro. The expansive open plan space is adjoined by the enclosed kids play room which houses a range of activities to keep the little ones occupied.
If eating and drinking outdoors is more your style, the venue offers ample opportunity to take a seat on the balcony, which runs the entire length of the venue. The inclusion of outdoor heaters and misting fans allow for the temperature to remain just right no matter what the season.
In addition to the multiple dining areas, sports bar and balcony space, leading off the back of the main bar is a function space that can be blocked off from the rest of the venue. The sliding wooden barn doors create a private area that can host up to 100 people. For larger groups, the venue can be sectioned off to create larger private spaces through the use of glass sliding doors.
As you wander through the venue you can’t help but notice the beautiful lighting choices, with the hanging globes and pendants delivering a soft ambient light throughout. Space is the other obvious aspect with the venue seeming to go on and on as you wander through.
When it comes to the dining, Head Chef Andrew Poultney and the team have worked on a menu that highlights local products and produce.
Whether you take the share and graze approach with the Starters or take the Pub Classics option, producing a varied and quality menu has been the focus. One of the features of the kitchen is the roaring pizza oven which fires up the 12 inch hand stretched pizza in just 90 secs.
Staying hydrated isn't difficult with 17 beers on rotation across the venue that showcase various local brewers like Modus. The wine list is a lineup of predominantly Hunter Valley Wines, you’ll also be able to access some local spirits with Earp Distilling behind the bar.
Whilst Harrigan's Cameron Park has some similarities with Harrigan's in the Hunter Valley, the newest addition to the family will resonate strongly with the community, as venue manager Mat Sargent explained,
“People will travel to come here because they want to see it, but it will also be the local pub for those who live in the area. It’s going to become a community hub.”
“The design and grandeur of the venue will also be matched from a customer service angle. We see Harrigan’s Cameron Park being the benchmark for customer service in the area."