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Forrester’s Surry Hills is a multidimensional pub staying true to its roots as a casual local.

Since it’s establishment in 1921, Forrester’s has been an iconic local pub proudly serving the Surry Hills neighbourhood for almost 100 years.

Applejack Hospitality snapped up the venue in November 2020 with the vision to deliver a community-centric watering hole with an Applejack twist!

The recent renovation has drawn inspiration from the building’s century-old history and original “bones”, incorporating classic touches such as a timeless colour palette and natural timbers. With three spaces tied together by Applejack’s welcoming interiors and high-variety dining experiences, there is something for everyone!

Explore our spaces and view our menus below.

Meet the team


Laura Tello

Meet the Head Chef of Forrester’s, Laura Tello. New to the Applejack family, Laura is excited to bring her creative flare to the menus at Forrester’s.

Alongside The Butler Head Chef Amber Doig the pair have curated a menu designed to be a fresh take on pub food that’s been guided by the Americas – North, Central and Southern. Expect both snack & share style dishes, handheld delights, vibrant salads and hearty mains.


Shaun Brown

Meet Forrester’s General Manager, Shaun Brown. Shaun has been with Applejack Hospitality for a total of 7 years in senior management roles at Bondi Hardware, The Botanist Kirribilli, Della Hyde and was most recently the General Manager at SoCal.

Whilst he makes a mean Margie, he also pours the perfect pint and will go out of his way to help you out no matter how ‘Karen’ your request may be. Stop by and say hi!


Applejack Founders, Ben & Hamish

Applejack Hospitality is a boutique Sydney based hospitality group founded in 2011 by seasoned professionals Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll. The passionate duo are determined to challenge the status quo and lead the industry by delivering unique venues to bring people together, creating epic concepts and magic experiences.

In taking over Forrester’s Hotel, Ben & Hamish’s vision is to deliver a community-centric watering hole with an Applejack twist whilst staying true to its roots as a casual local with something for all.