Sydenham’s The General Gordon Hotel Reopens Following A Multimillion-Dollar Makeover

Bars, Drink, Pubs, Sydney / 8 March 2021

The female-led venue The General Gordon Hotel is back, and better than ever.

After three years lying dormant, the iconic General Gordon Hotel has risen from the ashes. A few years back in 2018, the local pub experience a fire and has been awaiting revival ever since. And now, this beloved watering hole has returned with a fresh new look not to be missed.

After reopening to the public on February 26th, General Gordon has been embraced by the local community with open arms. In fact, the Sydenham icon has received a multimillion-dollar makeover, with a strong female duo at the helm of the venue.

The pub has a strong female-led history, with the pub a leader in its day with one of Sydney’s first female licensees, Bridget Smith. Today, the venue is led by the licensee and inner west local Sarah Lewis (boasting over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry).

The new-look General Gordon hotel has been crafted by AVA Architects, with an alfresco courtyard and welcoming revamped bistro area. Expect an electric mix of furniture, Terrazzo floor tiles, and historic memorabilia throughout this public bar.

The kitchen is headed up by chef Kirsten Baker (with over 25 years’ experience at venues like Vic On The Park), curating a classic pub offering showcasing local produce. The venue’s menu is spearheaded by “The General’s Oven”, a wood-fired feature oven-slinging pizzas, a 12-hour beef short ribs, wood-roasted pumpkin and so much more.

There are tonnes to choose from including starters of seared scallops and chicken wings to hearty burgers, gnocchi and linguine, pub mains (like the classic schnitzel and parmigiana), and stacks of pizzas, too.

Plus you can wash it all down with a classic cocktail (all priced at just $18), a craft beer, a delicious glass of wine and so much more.

Find General Gordon Hotel at 20 Swain Street, Sydenham, open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 am and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. Find out more here.