A warm welcome to … George IV Inn, Picton
Established in 1839 George IV Inn, is one of the oldest colonial inns, still operating as a hotel. Constructed from local hand hewn sand stone, the George (as known by locals) still contains that great colonial and vibrant heritage. Constructed on the banks of Stonequarry Creek, the stables (now know as the great hall) dates back to 1810 being one of the first buildings in Picton and possibly the oldest.
The Inn has a rich history with the transportation of convicts. Convicts were kept over night shackled in the cellar while en-route to Berrima prison from Sydney. You can still see some of the shackles behind the bar. In it’s early days the Inn has been providing accommodation for travelers over the decades, on the Great South Road from Sydney. Giving access to the areas of Bong Bong (Southern Highlands) and Argyle County (Goulburn).
“The Beer We Brew Around Here…”
George IV Inn is also famous for being one of the first micro breweries in Australia, which was set up in 1987 by previous publican Geoff Scharer and named Scharer’s Little Brewery. The hotel back then had a strong reputation for selling beers that were only brewed on premises. The brewery has won numerous awards over the years for the Burragorang Bock and Scharer’s Lager. We are currently not brewing at the moment, however the kettle is still on display in our main bar.
“with something for everyone…”
Today the pub caters for a mixed range of clientele, offering over 15 beers from locally and well known Australian beers. With the new owner passionate for giving back to the community and tourists the hotel has many events throughout the year and has seen a resurgence in popularity.