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The Henson Gastropub

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published October 25th 2014
Taking family friendly to a new level

The Henson Park Hotel has long been a part of the inner west history, but recently revamped, it's a laid-back destination for drinking and dining, and you can even bring your kids!

We turned up at as a walk-in for Saturday lunch - the beer garden and dining room were already full, so we nabbed one of the few tables left that wasn't reserved. So make a reservation would be my advice.

The draw, other than the food, is that they have a playroom set up for kids - there's a ball pit, a basketball hoop and blocks and chalk. Kids require supervision when in the play room so trying for a beer garden table is your best option.

The beer garden is an inviting floral space, with real greenery and interesting feature decorations - like the fence made of doors.

Inside, there's plenty of tables in the dining room, but people know to make reservations and do. The entire room was fully booked when we turned up at 12.30 on a Saturday.

The food is great - it's a sophisticated dude food. I was tempted with the Tempeh burger with a satay sauce, but in the end the lure of the Dirty Bird was too great. A spicy flame grilled quarter chicken with yellow rice and raw slaw. It was delicious and more than ample.

There's also a pork belly burger with pickles, kimchi kewpie. jalapeno mustard and chips.

The Karaage chicken burger with a miso mayo was very popular in our group, served with charred onion, pickled greens and also chips.

The prices are reasonable - $17 for the burgers (they're substantial burgers) and $22-$27 for the mains. I thought they were good value, given the quantity of the food.

The menu has a five vegetarian options as well as nibbling bar good. There is also a separate kids menu, so ask for that if you need to.

If you haven't already been, make a bee line for The Henson for your next gathering with families, but make sure you book first to be guaranteed a table. The only problem I foresee is dragging the little ones away from the play room when it's time to leave...
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Why? Good food, great ambience and even the kids will love it!
When: Kitchen open from 11am, 7 days. (until 9-10pm depending on the day)
Phone: 9569 5858
Where: 91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Cost: Varies, reasonable.
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