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About Us

Hornsby Inn History

The heart of Hornsby and the home of the best pub feed, cold drinks and live entertainment!

Our History


The Hornsby Inn opened on the 27thof November 1967 as Claude Fays Hotel. It was built on the former site of the private hospital which had been demolished some time before Claude’s was built.


William Smith was the original licensee managing the Hotel until March 1971 when Frank Martin took over. The bars in the hotel were originally known as the Banquet Bar, the Bird Bar, the Shire Bar, the Whistle Stop and later Sunny Corner. To this day it has retained the Whistle Stop bar has retained its name along with the railway carriage interior.


It was said that the Bird Bar, located in the basement now known as the Nightclub, was the place to be on a Thursday night in Hornsby through the 1980s.

Late 1980s and 90s

The Bird Bar was renamed and a busy night club, called Midnight Express, operated in the basement of the Claude Fays Hotel.


Michael Bradshaw was the licensee from 1995 to 2017 and during this period the hotel changed its name to The Hornsby Inn.


The Haps Hotel team took over as licensee and have since given the bistro and deck area a fresh new look.