Hotel Royal

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Lamb salad

180 Henley Beach Road TORRENSVILLE  5031 | Phone (08) 8352 7855 |
Dining times Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm  Website

Great location on Henley Beach Road only minutes from the CBD and close to the Airport. Art decor style renovated pub with a fresh ambiance, great service, pizzas and pub meals, as well as a bsitro offering good quality meals at great prices.
I don’t go to pubs a great deal and the experience of the Hotel Royal was very positive. Clean modern interior with plenty of casual seating in the bar area next to the Bistro. Right from the start the service was spot on with a friendly greeting, explanation about the menu if we were interested in eating there, and the offer of ice cold water – wonderful on a 40 degree day!
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Caesar salad

We chose to order in the bar, and the lamb salad and Caesar salad were both fresh and good size serves – excellent value for money. The area overlooking Henley Beach Road was relaxing with a choice of stools or bucket lounge seats and the volume of the cricket and the music was just right. A very pleasant experience overall.
Summary: Excellent customer service – many could learn from the staff member who served us!. Food was fresh, served quickly and at $18 were good value. Great menu choices including burgers, pizzas and standards like fish and steak just to name a few. Easy parking in Jervois Street or at the back of the Hotel. An unpretentious place with a lot to offer. Worth a try? Absolutely – even if hotels are not what you might normally consider this one is worth a go.

The Barker Hotel

32 Gawler Street, Mount Barker  SA  5251 |Phone (08) 8391 1033
Find them on Facebook | http://www.thebarkerhotel.com

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.

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