Briars Historic Inn

4.1
93 reviews
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Set in the historic Georgian Inn (Circa.1845), the Briars Bar and Restaurant has a true country atmosphere and is a favourite haunt for locals with its intimate bars, open fires and succulent steaks full of flavour and tender. Boutique ales are available on tap, and we have an extensive wine list that includes local varieties.
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SP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked for lunch Tuesday September 18 -2018 which was confirmed by your organisation.
On arrival after driving 2 hour from the northern part of Sydney we were advised that the Briars Historic Inn was closed.
Why were we not advised of this matter?
Very poor unacceptable management from BHI and your organisation for not making this known to patrons.
No apology has yet been received from you or the BHI Management .
Stuart Pittendrigh 3b Mason Ave Cheltenham 2119.. Mob 0411 596 278

JB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Options for improvement:
Food....... Charcuterie board had over cooked roast beef on.... left overs?
Lamb filet had the impression it had been precooked and then reheated... not good
Saltimbooka a little dry
Chips cold
Overcrowding in front room, so noisy and struggled to get around.

Good things:
Service, coffee
Rest of meals good esp steak freshly cooked.
Asparagus good
Parking great

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Solid food with good service. Looking a little tired perhaps.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely mix of an old country pub, and a relaxed restaurant. Lots of variety with seating, inside, verandah, deck. Decent variety of food, and cook your own steaks if you want to. Great staff.

MC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu was dated Summer 2017 so time to update. There were a few blackboard specials. Essentially it is pub food, with a cook your own steak option. Cabinet display for dessert. Would hope to see some different options when we return next.

W
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked a table for 6 on Sunday at 1pm. Lovely atmosphere. Food was delicious, it was order at the bar and bring to the table. All meals came at the same time. Had a lovely afternoon, no pressure to leave.

JV
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and my partner enjoyed the hold night, from the Christmas in July food which we enjoyed.
the warmth of the rooms made it pleasant , staff where welcoming and prop with the food.
We stayed at your motel next door, and found the room excellent , we will be happy to stay and dine at
briars again.
Thank you for your service.

Mr John.P.Vaccaro

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was not aware it was a buffet-style service when I booked. Thought I was in a leagues club with the quality of the food. There were two long hairs I had to rescue from my dessert. We were hoping for some tea and coffee after lunch, but gave up as had to wait forever.

DW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

had a wonderful time.. Staff were lovely, especially the bar staff. Super friendly and ready to accommodate. Food was great, but the wait time from ordering deserts and coffee was way too long. Other than that, had a great time. thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

After booking a table on your app in the time slot given as ‘only time available’ 3 pm, we arrived to find that the kitchen closed at 3pm! Only 4 out of the 8 guests had arrived and we were told to order for everyone because the others wouldn’t get anything to eat otherwise. This isn’t really acceptable when you have planned to have a leisurely family lunch. The staff tried to help but said we had booked too late a time

EW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We cooked our own steaks and the steak was beautiful, very tender. Salad bar was fresh and filled regularly when we were there. Cold windy day so everyone was inside but it would have been nice to sit outside. Only complaint was that they were down a staff member and their was only one guy behind the bar who was doing a fantastic job under difficult circumstances.

M
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant few hours spent at the Briars. A good selection of food, well prepared ( in some cases excellent), generous servings. Staff were excellent. Good range of wines. Much enjoyed. Thank you.

LK
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great night. Very enjoyable and good food. Service was really good

LK
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely time, the food was terrific and the staff very friendly and helpful

C
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff. Very big serves-maybe share an entree so you can fit in delicious looking desserts! Nicely cooked traditional comfort foods

NM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Have always loved Briar’s, food is always excellent. However this time around we found the wine list to be quite disappointing. Nothing decent by the glass in the wine, rose or pinot ranges. When driving buying a bottle doesn’t make a lot of sense. A little more effort in this area would have made the experience as fantastic as it usually is. Will still be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed having lunch at Briars. Good prices, nice food and friendly service

BR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

beautiful lunch for my wife’s 30th we will be defenently back again

DO
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was our first time visiting.
Lovely, warm and cozy late lunch dining, not realizing kitchen closes at 3.30pm, after a waiter advised once we arrived at our table at 3pm.
Quickly ordered meals.
Food was average. Great ambiance and garden setting and has a nice outdoor dining area.

MM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I have been dining at this place for over 30 years and I have to say that this will most likely be my last. What was served to us would have to be the most stingy portions that we have ever been served up at any restaurant. My wife had a pot pie that only had three chunks of veal in it and what my mother and I were served in terms of a 'the roast' (two slices of beef brisket) was very disappointing. The salad bar consisted of three types of salad and potato bake. Such a shame... On the positive side the service was great as too the desserts. They'll need to pick up their act if they want to remain a must do destination in the Southern Highlands.

N
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and i was so impressed with the service and the food! There was 10 of us and every meal was fantastic! We will definitely be going back!

BF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the meal and the staff couldn't have been more helpful.

RB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

With our anniversary we decided to book with a local restaurant with a good food selection and a friendly atmosphere which the Briars ticked all boxes

KR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service was great. Child friendly. It was a little loud to have a nice conversation at your table.

DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience at Briars - good food - excellent service - quiet table near the window. We were glad we made the choice to dine here - weeknight was not too crowded, and menu choices were good.

GD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

very considerate staff placed our small family group into a room by ourselves, great fun.

RB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We visit Briars at least once a year when we travel down to Bundernoon and Bridgaboon. I am sad to say, this year, we were disapointed with the service and lack of attention to detail.

On our arrival, 4 wait staff walked past us without any acknowldgement. When we went to order our 2 Roasts of the day- Pork, we were informed that there was no more baked vegetables ( how could you run out of baked veg!), but we could have chips, we ordered one roast and because I was not intersted in chips, I ordered the Lamb rump with asparagus, eggplant puree and roasted tomatoes.

The salad bar has been simplied, which is fine, but the pear and rocket salad, not dressed,  also had been mixed with the petita and orange salad from the neighbouring salad.

When our meals arrived the roast had baked vegetables, which we were suprised to see, especially afer they said there was none left,  the crackling was not crackling and there was no apple sauce! (who serves pork with no apple sauce!). The lamb was cooked nicely, the fat rended,  although the tomatoes were not roasted and the eggplant puree lacked something to me, like seasoning and acidity. 

We ended our night with the tiramisu and creme brulee which were both very nice. The coffee was also good.

PH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE STAYED OVERNIGHT WITH A BREAKFAST PACKAGE AND DECIDED TO DINE AT THE RESTAURANT AT THE INN. WE HAD A COUPLE OF DRINKS AT THE BAR .GOOD SELECTION ON TAP AND A GOOD WINE LIST.THEN WENT AND HAD DINNER WHICH WAS EXCELLENT.BREAKFAST WAS DELICIOUS.ACCOMODATION WAS THE BEST.WE WILL BE BACK.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

TC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere. We had a very good Mt Moric Pimot Moir from Geelong amd the grass fed beef and duck was excellent all cooked to perfection.

DP
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We drove from Sydney to bring our grandson for lunch .. His fish and chips where disgusting .. Served on the smallest plate and the fish was tough and watery and bitter and The serving was too small .
. . our meal was rib eye and was eatable . The salads are not very nice ..
Sorry but this place used to be one of our favourites .
The girls where very friendly. The manager was nice as well .

WS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had never been to briars inn before, when we were taken to our table and the staff member put our menus on the table at no stage did he inform us to order drinks you go to the bar and the same for food. (We were seated in a corner with our backs to the order here sign etc. ) When the menu was placed in front of us we thought a waiter will take our order, it was only when I realised there were no wine glasses on the table and no wine list included with the food menu I became aware of what we had to do. He should have asked us had we been here before and tell us the setup. Having said that the food was amazing, very impressed and a lovely relaxing atmosphere!

JC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Has improved, but serving sizes are a little small, and salad bar not as good as previously!

KC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good variety on menu, food well cooked, service to table good and good bar facilities - great desserts.

M
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

From arrival till the end of the night our group had a fantastic experience.
Zac and his team gave excellent service, the food was very good and the range of beers on tap excellent.

LP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for Sunday night dinner. Very few places open.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good and service exceeded expectations

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful venue - service was quick and friendly and food delicious!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous establishment with long history lunch menu very good but for me not wow however I will return as value is good and friendly, welcoming & friendly staff are outstanding.

S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great ambiance outdoors enhanced by a perfect evening (weatherwise). The seating is nicely spaced so that you can hear your friends and enjoy the delicious meal in a lovely 'country' setting.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food left a lot to be desired! Meat not cooked - raw in the Centre. Had to be sent back to the kitchen. Salad bar - over ripe very sad looking salad. Not fit for consumption.

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