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Published February 17th 2017
Pub grub, cheap wine and family dining in Byford
After driving around the gorgeous surrounds of Roleystone and our future home of nearby Bedfordale, we'd worked up quite an appetite and the Byford Tavern was in our sights after the pub we'd originally headed to didn't serve lunch on Sundays. What the heck?! Oh well, serves us right for not consulting a little thing called the 'internet' before we set off.
We were seated in the bistro, where many other families and couples were dining. It is separate from the TAB, has an alfresco area and its own bar. We popped our daughter in a high chair and consulted the menu.
The menu has all the old favourites – seafood, steaks, burgers, pizzas, salads – and is modern Australian dining more than anything else. It's actually really extensive, so it would be a big surprise if you don't find something you like. My husband chose one of his staple meals, the chicken parmigiana. I felt like something a bit stodgy and was tossing up between the curry of the day and the Giant Pie, until I found out the curry was a coconut lamb and I decided I didn't want that. The beef pie with mushy peas sounded inviting, even though in the past I've never been fond of mushy peas. Today they sounded like a good idea.
My husband ordered – there is no table service for ordering – and came back and informed me he'd changed his mind when he saw they had a $12 fish and chips special for lunch. Happy days! Considering the parmi was $27, he'd just saved us $15, or enough for another pint with change. They do have some great midweek specials from Monday to Friday, including $12 pizza or pasta on Tuesday nights, $15 steaks on Wednesday nights and $12 schnitzels on Thursday nights.
It didn't take too long for our meals to arrive. The Giant Pie lived up to its name. It was not a little pot pie served in a precious little ceramic bowl, like I was expecting – clearly I didn't read the 'giant' part before ordering. It was a huge, freestanding monstrosity. And it tasted delicious. The pie crust was soft enough to cut through around the edges – although it was a little bit tough along the top edge, but I was more interested in the filling. It was a lovely mix of beef, onions, mushroom and gravy that was packed with flavour. The gravy on top had a slightly different taste and I could really taste the vinegar, but it was enjoyable all the same. The mushy peas were a little on the salty side but I ate them anyway. The pie and peas also came with a cute little fry basket of chips.
My husband's fish and chips was great value for money, with lovely, soft fish, crunchy batter and just the right amount of chips, complete with a side salad. The fish and chips was certainly the most popular item of the day, with lots of it being served up to the pub patrons.
There's a kids menu, with favourite children's staples such as fish and chips, nuggets and chips and a kids pizza making an appearance. We didn't order our toddler a meal as it she doesn't eat much and it would've been a waste of $10.
The Byford Tavern has an extensive wine list, with glasses starting from just $5. They also offer desserts and coffee. The price was reasonable. At first glance I thought it was expensive ($27 for a parmi is slightly excessive in my books, but that's Perth for you) but then again, most of the pricier meals do include seafood ingredients, so factoring that in, it wasn't too badly priced. And seriously, where do you get a $5 glass of wine these days? So we finished our meals and continued on our travels full and happy.
Welcoming families, singles and couple alike, the Byford Tavern offers good food with some great daily specials, friendly service and the cheapest wine around.