Seeing photos and hearing good reviews from my friends who had had the Australian Hotel & Brewery experience in Rouse Hill, I was convinced that it was a place I should try out with my family. And trying out is what we did. Since I was not convinced we would get seating if we just turn up at the brewery, and also being a late night shopping day, we called up the night before and made a reservation for the family. I have gone down Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill many a times, and I never realised the the brewery restaurant was just there. Maybe the big Rouse Hill Bunnings building on Windsor Road blocked its view from the main road. However we found the brewery very easily, and we were excited to be there.
It was a Thursday, and it was busy, but the brewery does not lack in car parking. I doubt anyone ever turned back due to the lack of car parking space. The entrance to the bar and the bistro is that of a typical brewery with two large vats on one side and a brick wall on the other. A narrow passage takes you in to this enormousness: a dinning hall that resembles a ranch restaurant in the United States. Being a Thursday night we joined the crowds that were waiting to be seated, and were even prepared to wait a while if we had to. But it was not the case. We were escorted to a table right away after our booking was confirmed. Sitting at the table I looked around fascinated by the somewhat upmarket ambiance of the pub and the restaurant. Here at the brewery, space was no issue. There was plenty of room for all in the large open dining hall.
How delighted was I to discover the vast room specially dedicated to kids right next to the main dining area. This large room came with play equipment and seating for children. I was glad my hungry bunch could have a distraction while the food was being ordered.
The brewery bistro serves typical pub food in typical pub style. Decisions are made at the table, and then the order is placed at the counter. Once the drinks are purchased, we wait for the beep of the table buzzer. It looked like there was not much for the waiting staff to do; but mark my word those busy stewards and stewardesses are constantly roaming the dinning hall making sure everything was cleaned and cleared promptly.
The menu, although a bit pricier than many other pubs, has everything a pub restaurant should have, and not to mention the gourmet dishes on offer. All the favourites from pizzas to schnitzels are on the menu, but since all of us were starving that night, we opted to order quite large mains. The Chicken Parmigiana ($23.00) and the Black Angus Scotch Fillet ($42.00) are two of those large meals that some of us with a large appetite chose to order. Be warned, these do come as quite large potions - especially the mash potatoes which I was able to pass around the table. But if you are one with less capacity, I recommend you go for the Petite Sirloin ($24.00) which is ample in portion size.The mains come with a choice of chips or mash potatoes. There were many varieties of sauces that accompanied the main meals as well; mushroom, pepper and sweet chilli to mention a few.
The chilli jam at the brewery is one that you should not miss to order. When my kiddies started dipping their potato chips in the chilli jam, I was convinced that the thick dark red syrup went well with almost anything edible that was on the table.
Do check the special daily offers at the Brewery. The churrasco which starts on Fridays, and is served until Sunday during both lunch and dinner seems like an option that I would like to try.These specials are not the only attraction. If you choose to sign up to become a member, which is free of charge, you can reap the other benefits the Brewery has lined up for its members as well such as discounts on all meals.
Most of the food served at the brewery is not extraordinarily fancy, but they're great stomach fillers. By the end of our meal we were all satisfied customers. With the advance of the night, the brewery started to get filled up and became rather noisy. Since we were with kids on a school night, we decided to call it a night; but if you are with a bunch of friends, this sure is a good place to hangout with a home brewed beer in hand.
Where: Rouse Hill
Why: Good food. Ample Parking. Enough seating space. Well stocked bar. Gluten free options. Kids play area.
Cost: Mains start from $20.00
When: Lunch & Dinner