Applejack Hospitality unveils new look Forrester’s in Surry Hills photography

Forrester’s – 336 Riley St, Surry Hills

Sydney Hospitality group Applejack has reopened the iconic Forrester’s pub in Surry Hills following an extensive $1.5 million renovation. There are now three drinking and dining spaces – Phylli’s restaurant, a public bar and an upstairs entertainment and dining space. Applejack drew inspiration from the building’s century-old history and original ‘bones’ incorporating natural timbers and a classic, neutral colour palette with pastel furnishings.

Phylli’s restaurant is the go-to destination for long-lunching, casual dining, or a catch-up with friends. Bringing the outside in, Phylli’s dining room is filled with natural light, lush greenery, and lux timber finishes. Highlights include the new spritz cocktail menu.


Opting to restore and highlight the pub’s original historic features, Applejack has kept the Public Bar’s exposed Oregon beams, hardwood floors and tri-folding timber sash windows. Adding a bespoke timber back bar to complement period feature lighting, and natural materials such as leather, to create a ‘lived-in’ feel. The Public Bar will pour a strong range of local craft beers and Australian wines and is the perfect place to catch the latest sporting fixtures on the big screens.

Designed with entertainment in mind, Upstairs at Forrester’s incorporates comfortable booth seats and a separate bar in its dining space. Upstairs at Forrester’s will host weekly trivia nights and comedy evenings for those in need of a good belly laugh.

Forrester’s will always be a pub at heart, offering an eclectic selection of tap beers, featuring iconic Aussie brews, alongside a solid independent craft offering. For wine lovers, there is an all Australian line up curated by Group Bars Manager Lachy Sturrock and Sommelier Consultant, Dan Simmons. The drinks menu shines the spotlight on local state growers and producers who focus on sustainable, organic farming – wines with place and purpose.

Photos: Yasmin Mund