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“Good food, bad bar service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Parkes Services Club Bistro

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The Parkes Services Club Bistro
9-17 Short St, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia
02 6862 1966
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Ranked #11 of 30 Restaurants in Parkes
Cuisines: Australian
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Maclean, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Good food, bad bar service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We visited the club on Sunday for lunch. The food was really good and there was plenty of it. The really really annoying thing was that the bar attached to the bistro was not open and when someone eventually decided to attend to me I was told to "go to the other side" to get a drink. What other side? That might be ok for locals, but travellers have no idea where the other bar is (which was across the other side of the club). Very poor.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Australia
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199 reviews 199 reviews
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Reviews in 97 cities Reviews in 97 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“A great dinner, a (few) great beer(s) and a chill out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was a feature of our short visit. The food and staff were great. They have great mid week specials. The dining room has a nice atmosphere. After that we retired to the lounge to relax a bit longer.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Yum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

After 12+ hours in the car and the hotel restaurant being 'closed' we were forced to venture out for dinner. Thank goodness we ended up here on the back of the other reviews! Yum!
Friendly service.. Great value for money.. Generous portions.
2 of us had roast of the day (beef) - delish. 1 of us had the mixed grill - only feedback here would be to pre season the steak before cooking.
In my opinion, I've yet to find an RSL that serves good gravy and this one is no different but it was warm and edible.
All up I think dinner and drinks were about $65 odd dollars! Very good value and great, friendly staff.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very friendly and helpful staff, nice dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I both had the Roast of the day, which tonight was pork. The meals were a decent size and the pork, which comprised of 3 large thick slices, melted in your mouth. You had a choice of chips, mash or roast potatoes and gravy, as well as salad or veges. Great value for $13. Members pay $11. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Would recommend for a nice dinner.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Specials night's the go!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

On Thursday nights after shopping, I treat myself to tea at the Services Club. It's roast night and the pork with crackling or country lamb is very welcome indeed. The veggies are fresh and well cooked and the servings extremely generous. As with most clubs, prices are very reasonable and the menu, although not adventurous, provides a some great pub style country grub with quick friendly service and access to a sports bar, TAB and the pokies. The Bistro also features a schnitzel night and a steak night and has coffee and cake available for afternoon tea if you're inclined. When you're in Parkes for the Elvis Festival next January - check it out - you'll be well fed and still have change in your pocket for the buskers.

Visited March 2013
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