The Surry Hills venue will close and undergo a significant renovation before opening under the lead of Craig Hemmings (ex-Quay, Bistro Guillaume and Bilsons.)

Hemmings will be joined by Jed Gerrard (ex-Wills Domain, Wildflower, Ritz Carlton Perth) in the kitchen, along with James Audas and Michael Chiem looking after wine and drinks.

“Our brief for the venue is simple – a pub we would all like to go to,” said Hemmings.

“A relaxed and fun local that quietly over delivers and doesn’t break the bank. All four of us are aligned in wanting to create an offer that is interesting, approachable and affordable. It’s great getting the band back together and we’re excited to breathe some life back into the old girl.”

Plans are to recreate the venue to host a public bar and restaurant on the ground floor, along with a cocktail bar and private dining space on the upper levels.

The White Horse is now closed, visit for updates.