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Published December 21st 2017
Not just an Irish pub
A destination in itself, The Fiddler an Irish mega pub on Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, trading on the site of one of Australia's oldest licensed premises. The 2014 renovation has brought an elegant resort-style feel to what used to be The Mean Fiddler.
The hotel is large and is divided into six different dining/drinking areas. There is the stylish 'Lounge', relaxed 'Beer Garden', the airy light-filled 'Verandah' which has plenty of space for groups or parties, and the 'Courtyard' with an outdoor oasis vibe. There is also the popular casual 'Sports Bar' and the historic 'Irish', where there is an array of craft beers and whisky.
Choose your space and order at the sandstone bar/kitchen from the extensive menu. Weekday lunches are popular with groups of women catching up over a meal in a drink. Our group of 10 chose to dine on the 'Verandah', which is fully covered but open to fresh air on the sides where you can overlook the 'Beer Garden'.
Walk-ins are welcomed, but I imagine The Fiddler would be very busy on weekends and evenings - groups of 8-19 can book online and larger groups need to ring 9629 4811 to ensure there is a suitable space. They also offer function catering in separate private rooms. Children are catered for with Sunday face painting, colouring in and a playground.
The next time you are travelling the Windsor Road, call in for a drink or something to eat.