The Barker Hotel underwent a major refurbishment a few years back and when it reopened it had been completely renovated offering chic decor, a large restaurant, a roomy front bar and a gaming room. Despite this, things weren’t great after the re-opening and there were many occasions when local people were very dissatisfied with the food and the service. The reopening had been a long time coming and when it happened patrons felt very let down.
I am pleased to say that those days seem to be gone and the Barker has become a jewel in the crown of this rapidly growing centre in the Adelaide Hills. An evening spent there in December 2016 was a very positive experience right from the moment we approached the bar in the restaurant area. The staff member was friendly and welcoming. We were undecided about eating there so she told us they only had one table left in the restaurant area and encouraged us to take it just in case we did decide to eat. A good start to what ended up being a great experience.
The food was very good quality – served quickly, and well presented and tasty. Meals were priced between $18 and $29 and were very good value especially considering the size and quality of every dish.
Summary: Customer service spot on; food excellent quality, generous serves and well-priced; large airy restaurant with tables and booths providing a pleasant environment as well as outside seating well protected dining. Worth a try? Absolutely! I will make the trip up the freeway to go again in the future.