My husband and I stumbled across Briars and decided to stay one night as the rate was very reasonable for the night with breakfast for a long weekend. We booked in for dinner at Briars and the menu looked good.
I ordered prawns for entree which turned out to be about 6 prawns on a bed of lettuce with a small container of seafood dressing. The prawns were as white as a ghost and had no flavour to them at all, but as i was hungry i just smothered them in the sauce and ate them. My husband ordered the calamari and was content to eat them.
As my main I ordered the Tempura prawns, which again they used the same prawns and again had no taste at all. This time I could not eat them and I returned them and put in a complaint to the chef. I didnt hear anything back regarding this or even offered a discount for not eating this lousy meal.
My husband ordered the lamb shanks and found them to be pretty ordinary and nothing to rave about.
The best part of the meal was when we ordered a Pavlova stack to share for dessert. We watched about 3 people trying to stack this dessert as it came in 2 pieces with their grubby little hands, all having a go at it trying to sit it on top of each other. When it was presented to us at the table we said we no longer wanted it as too many hands have touched it and we requested our money refunded. Which it was. My husband even made a complaint to the Manager but we never heard anymore.
Our room at Briars was quite clean and nice and with a nice view of the lake with little ducks who were very friendly and would come up to you for food. The only complaint we have regarding the room was the rock hard bed. It was a very uncomfortable night and we have never felt a bed so hard as this one. It was like sleeping on a concrete floor. We were in room 19. And our bathroom also leaked through the exhause fan as it was raining on the night we were there.
Breakfast was quite good in the morning but overall I would never recommend this place to anyone and we will definitely never be staying here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Briars Country Hotel Bowral
- Briars Country Lodge And Inn