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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.
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.
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...