I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published July 19th 2019
Delicious food and three play areas for the kids
The last time I set foot in Byford and Districts Country Club, it was just a little bit too busy for a quick feed with two tots in tow, so we vowed to come back at a later date.
Well, it only took us 5 months to come back, but we were mighty glad we did. It's easy to see why it was so busy, and even on a Wednesday night, the place was heaving.
Why? Perhaps it's the great service or fantastic food? Family-friendly facilities and laid back atmosphere? With all of the above, it's easy to see why it's a popular venue.
We booked for 4 people for my husbands birthday on a Wednesday night, armed with cake. On the day of the booking we had to change this to a table of 10, and despite the last minuteness of it all, this was no dramas.
Now, the first thing to know about Byford and Districts Country Club, is that it is a private club, so you have to be a member to order anything. It costs $10 to join, but members receive 10% off purchases and can bring up to 5 adult guests in as guests. Myself and my husband both signed up.
All the kids made a beeline for the soundproof playroom. Mine went straight for the Peppa Pig car and play kitchen, while the older children headed outside. The playroom is best suited for preschoolers, while the outside space boasts a great space for school-aged kids with games and arcade-style claw machines.
There's no table service for ordering, which is all done at the bar, although meals are brought out to the table by a staff member. Perhaps my only critique is the lack of signage noting to order drinks on one side of the bar and food on the other, which wasn't clear for a newbie like me, but it's a fairly small thing to get critical about.
The winner of the night was the Ribs 'n' Wings Combo, which four of our party ordered. We also had the weekly pasta and curry specials - gnocchi and a tasting plate of beef korma and chicken masala - plus fish and chips, kids' pizza and a serve of nuggets and chips and something just a little different - kangaroo fillet.
There were zero complaints about our meals, with my husband actually enjoying his meal. He's very fussy, and as a result, we now have very limited options for dining out close to home. He is usually very critical of ribs and wings, so to hear him singing their praises was a change of scenery.
The curry tasting plate was huge, with a small serve of korma and masala, a little bowl of rice, plus Naan bread and a pile of poppadoms. It was delicious but a bit too much for me to finish. I had to leave room for cake, after all!
I was even impressed by the fact the kids' meals offered a side salad. This is quite rare among restaurants. They probably know the salad won't get eaten but at least they are trying.
With our meals finished and plates cleared, it was time for cake. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff - they kept the cake in the fridge for us and loaded it up with a few lit candles. With a final play on the playground after cake, it was time to go.