As I spoke with the manager to confirm our booking for that evening, with Miss 2 screaming in the background, I was silently counting down the minutes to the promise of dinner at a venue that the whole family could enjoy – and the Hotel Pennant Hills did not disappoint.
The hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishment to meet the changing needs of the community with garden bistro, kids indoor play area and large private function room for those special occasions.
On arrival we were greeted by happy friendly staff and shown to our table which was within prime viewing area of the indoor playground. There are a large number of tables available in this space but they were all booked out for the evening, such is the popularity of the hotel with local families.
The indoor playground is separated into two sections for kids aged 2-4 years and those aged 5-10 years. Whilst independent play is ideal, a little supervision is required as there is a lot of activity going on in there!
The hotel has worked hard to accommodate families and in addition to the indoor playground, there is free children’s entertainment every Sunday afternoon between 1pm-3pm where you will find superhero characters, magicians and craft on hand to further entertain the kids.
Within minutes of arriving, Miss 2 disappeared quickly to take advantage of the various climbing ladders and slides, waving briefly from the top as she spun around the helicopter wheel. With her occupied and baby asleep in pram, DH and I took advantage of the extensive bar menu and ordered some drinks whilst perusing the dinner menu. Drinks were reasonably priced with a couple of cocktail specials on offer as well.
The menu is extensive but not overwhelming, with classic pub favourites such as Bangers and Mash, Burgers and Pizzas. The main course meals though were most tempting, and at the recommendation of a fellow NSM I ordered the Twice Cooked Pork Belly and DH the Scotch Fillet. The Pork Belly was divine, with a sweet cider jus surrounding the sauté potatoes and braised cabbage. DH was very impressed with his Scotch Fillet which was perfectly seasoned and cooked to order.
As for the kids menu, there was a range of options and even fussy Miss 2 was suitably pleased with the Meat Balls and Spaghetti, ditching her fork so as to make the most of every morsel! All kids meals come with a complimentary kids activity bag which helped to keep her occupied while we finished our meals.
Although full from dinner we decided to have a try of the Chocolate Brulee dessert, and before we knew it Miss 2 had arrived back to the table, spoon in hand! The Brulee was lovely and creamy, whilst not being too chocolatey (if that could ever be a problem) and the side of gelato was fast devoured by Miss 2. There is a full dessert cabinet to choose from, in addition to a gelato bar with a range of flavours. All in all, the food is great and reasonably priced.
Shortly after dessert, we were treated to the traditional sounds of an acoustic guitar and vocals as the regular Sunday music session kicked off. It was at this point that I realised just how great a venue this is. It’s family friendly without losing those features that make pubs a great venue for a meal out, listening to live music and catching up with friends. DH was also quick to point out that from where we were seated there were at least four TV’s within viewing range, one showing the kids channel and the rest sport. On Wednesday evenings there is also Pub Trivia and I can see the formation of an NSM team on the horizon…!
All in all, we had a great time and will definitely be back to the Hotel Pennant Hills.
Hotel Pennant Hills is located at 352 Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills. To book a table, call (02) 9484 2266.