For those that don’t like being cramped, the bistro at the Golden Barley is perfect. It has plenty of space to park the high chairs and prams around the table while you eat and can accommodate a long table of people with ease. So it’s a great spot for a casual family get to together. Though a word of caution; if you are sitting at some of the indoor tables, there are a few cacti used as centerpieces which could get the better of inquisitive, tiny hands!
Although an art deco pub, the bistro’s decor has been recently revamped with lots of exposed brickwork, raw wood, mood lighting and attractive Spanish tiles so it has a contemporary feel. The attached beer garden is well established and lush with nooks and crannies to play hide and seek.
The Barley is reaching out to the family market, with a menu to suit varying appetites. There’s a kid’s menu, share plates and salad bowls as well the more traditional pub fare. The pub provides an activity pack, airliner style for $1.50 if you have run out of distractions. The food is good and the kids’ portions are a reasonable size, in fact the kids’ burger ($8.00) is almost the same size as the adults’ ($18.00) but minus the salad and all kids get a free drink to accompany their meal. The kid’s menu is the usual, spaghetti with bolognaise or napolitana sauce ($8.00) Steak and chips ($8.50) or toasties ($7.50.)
Or you may want to choose from the regular menu, and order one of the various share plates, including a vegan mezze board ($18) or polenta wedges with sun dried tomato tapenade ($14.00.) which is perfect for grazing youngsters. For adult’s there are a range of dishes, smoked on the premises and salad bowls with a middle eastern slant containing freekeh, brown rice, raw beetroot & carrot, sprouts, labne and lemon tahini ($16.00) and traditional pub grub of steaks ($24.00) and fish and chips ($21.00) as well as daily specials.
The desserts are limited to a couple of choices such Eton mess and crème brulee ($12.00) and there are lunchtime gourmet sandwiches on offer during the week. The Golden Barley is the sort of place that offers a bit of everything, so everyone, even the pickiest in the family will find something to enjoy.