There is so much to do in the Yarra Valley it’s a perfect day out with the family.. although if you’re anything like us sometimes you just don’t feel quite up to the pressure of eating in a beautiful winery and you’d rather just enjoy a meal without pestering the kids to sit still and be quiet.
The Yarra Valley Grand Hotel offers a really friendly atmosphere for families – their play corner provides a perfect diversion while you line up to order your meal at the meal counter. The generous array of colouring sheets ensures that everyone is catered for with entertainment back at the table. And the relaxed vibe gives little ones space to practice their table etiquette without you feeling you might be ruining your fellow diners meal.
Like any good pub the meals were generous and hit the spot – and the kids meals were extremely good value (compared to city prices anyway!). We opted for a juice (rather than a soft drink) and that was absolutely no problem – and the jelly cup (which was a frog in a pond) for desert was the perfect incentive for our little ones to make a good effort with eating a dent in the ample dinner serving.
The kids ordered fish and chips (which came with a salad garnish) and spaghetti bolognaise – both of which were generous portions (think adults entre size).
We arrived shortly after 5.30pm on a Sunday – there was plenty of seating options and we were second in the queue to order our meals. By the time we departed (just before 6.30pm) it was getting really busy – so you may want to call ahead and book if you want to reserve a table. The service was friendly and fairly prompt.
There is also outside dining options and a grassy area – the evening we attended it was a cool autumn day so we hustled straight inside, but on a warm day/evening this would offer an alternative spot for a family meal.
A perfect ending to our day out at Healesville Sanctuary!