The Backyard is a bistro attached to the back of the Briars at Greenlees Sporting Club. It is a typical Aussie club, unassuming from the outside, with a recent reno out the back to attract a new, younger clientele. You’ll need to sign in when you arrive, so don’t forget to bring some ID! You may even be tempted to join up while you are there for the members’ discounted drinks or to get your youngsters playing on the junior cricket team in competition.
Like any club it is complete with a bar, lounges, pokies and a sports betting area. Away from these adult activities is the dining room and a huge bowling lawn with an undercover area, so an army of prams can fit with ease. There’s so much room to play at the backyard that it has become the go to place for local parents and pre-schoolers to hang out weekdays and let the kids just ‘get on with it.’
Fridays and Saturdays can be a bit of a wild free for all, with so many families dining, so maybe it’s a place to avoid for date nights and those wanting a quiet, intimate meal. In fact this place has been taken over by families!. Some weekends they even have movie nights ($10 -$12) on the bowling green with family friendly films but remember to BYO a rug or beanbag for a little comfort.
The restaurant and club go out of their way to ensure that families are catered for and tick all our kid friendly criteria. Kids will love the bowling green, equipped with rocking blue cows, a ping pong table and toys but best of all there’s lots and lots of fenced in space to run around in safety on the astroturf.
The food is basic pub grub, with schnitzel and fish and chips appearing on the daily $12 special menu. There is also a pizza menu with the usual toppings ranging from $16 -$24 and a kids’ menu with flathead and chips, chicken schnitzel and chips or macaroni dishes for $8.50.
As well as the usual bistro fare there are a selection of pasta dishes and salads such as, roasted baby beetroot, goats cheese, orange walnut and basil vinaigrette ($17) Steaks ($24) or share plates ($17-$22)
There is a large selection of cakes, but these seem a bit pricey at $12 a slice. The coffee is supplied by Pablo and Rusty.
All in all the Backyard is a great place for a gang of kids and parents to hang out and have a quick drink or snack or stay for a whole evening and have a family meal. It really is a family friendly venue where you can let down your hair and not worry about the disapproving looks of other diners, because families are in the majority!