is is a good idea to re-visit locations just to see
if things have changed. This week I opted for the Bairnsdale Bowls and Croquet Club, to give it the correct name, is
it up to the same standard?
Location: A modern venue with a gaming room for those who wish to indulge. Some on street parking plus a large well-made car-park at the side with easy access into the bistro which allows a view of the bowling green while you eat. The club is all accessible and has full facilities as you would expect, they are well serviced. The bistro is spacious with good quality seating, tables are well spaced, and the sounds of the gaming room although adjacent do not disturb your meal. Full bar service and counter ordering and pick up of your meal after one of those electronic buzzer things goes off! (They always make me jump when they start) . Tables can be reserved and groups can be catered for by arrangement.
Menu: Where to start? I
have had both lunch and an evening meal here and the menu is extensive catering
for all tastes and with regular specials there would be few who would not find
a meal to their liking. Take your time reading the menu, and it will take
some time, with a huge array of dishes. If, having devoured your entrée
and after your choice of main, you are still able to move, try some of the
desserts, I dare you. Oh the calories, the sugar, but oh what a
If it is lunch you are after, you can enjoy an extensive but slightly smaller menu. Having said that, I took a while to choose from the very wide ranging items displayed on the menu. Roast of the day, turkey on our visit, Lambs fry and bacon, Lamb cutlets, schnitzels or Parma’s are just some from the selection. These are all served from the counter and there is a self-serve salad and veggie bar from which you can choose your own favourite.
Experience: Our lunch was with friends, was enjoyable, in pleasant comfortable surroundings, a relaxed atmosphere, well-laid out tables. Service was efficient yet friendly, our lunches were very good value, between $14 and $15 tasty and well cooked. I went for a chicken schnitzel, it was huge, and although thick was well cooked and still moist. Veggies were potatoes with a creamy sauce a mixed veg dish which looked a bit worrying but tasted great and green beans. Clean plate for me. The seafood platter was well cooked not greasy and obviously pleased as another clean plate. The boss enjoyed roast turkey and veggies and was a tad hungry so no time for a photo. Truth is she hates me taking photos on the meals! We were not hurried at any stage although staying until after 2pm.
Summary: Slightly off the beaten track but well worth a visit either for lunch or dinner. The extensive menu and generous servings provided make this a good spot for a well cooked food be it for lunch time or dinner. Lunch can be a little busy and is popular with us “older” generation, saves cooking at night! A very reasonable tariff makes this a top spot. For a special occasion or group function, I suggest you pre book. Recommend for lunch, relaxing tasty and top value.