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Moss Vale road, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
+61 2 4868 3566
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Briars has always been reliable for providing good food. Their staff are always helpful and polite

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Thank Judy A
Management response:

Thank you so much Judy for such kind and thoughtful comments. We greatly appreciate it. More 

Port Elizabeth
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The selection available and the quality and presentation of the food was top class so expect to pay that little bit extra, but it is wirth it.

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Thank Skytanker01
Management response:

We are so grateful to receive such thoughtful and kind words. We are working hard every day here at Briars and your comments help to build confidence in our already great team. Thank you ! More 

Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The room is bit small but almost every room has good view of garden and the the pond inside the hotel. Very nice stay, check out time is too early.

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Thank Leon H
Management response:

Thank you for your feedback. We greatly appreciate your support and all feedback is taken with gratitude and thought. More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The food here is average at best. It is very over-priced with average service. The atmosphere, however, isn`t too bad.

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Thank Owen R
Management response:

Thanks for your feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your experience. If you would like to return, we would welcome hearing your thoughts in person so we can treat the issue as it happens. We are working hard to deliver an enjoyable experience for our guests and need to know in person when we fall short. Thank you More 

Wollongong, Australia
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this restaurant for a special occasion, what a great night. The staff were awesome, the property equality lovely. The indoor and external eating areas were well set up. The food was also very good. Only issues, one barman to serve everyone, the drinks service was very slow. It was also very hot sitting inside with the self barbi,... More 

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Thank Wanderer379
Management response:

Thank you for your feedback. We greatly appreciate it. We hope to see you again. Many thanks More 

Tennyson, Australia
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

I have read a couple of reports and reviews of Briars and after travelling to eat their at least eight or nine times in the same foursome we had a mid week lunch their just over a week ago. My opinion has not changed!, this place remains one of the best pub meals you can get! You have the opportunity... More 

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Thank Ken H
Management response:

Thank you Ken for your kind and thoughtful review. We are working hard here at Briars as relatively new owners every day and greatly appreciate the feedback! More 

Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

It's a heritage and historic building with modern flair. Food & service are both great with lovely ambience. Take a walk to the lake, soak up some fresh country air. It's a bit dated but hey, give the new owners a year and it will be a Hyatt away from Sydney.

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Thank Linda_Chan
Management response:

Thank you so much Lynda for your feedback. We strive to maintain the heritage of Briars while delivering what our modern day clientele are looking for every day. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you! More 

Bowral, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Reasonable choice of menu, though quite pricy. The interior would benefit from an upgrade/renovation. White table clothes give the impression of luxury, though the interior overall is quite old and been left to deteriorate. A renovation would make it amazing and complete the experience. The food is generally good, just pricy, but regardless it's very popular and on weekends and... More 

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Thank mrsw777425
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We have eaten at the Briars a number of times and the food has been ok but last night our Sweet Potato Gnocchi was just terrible. Gnocchi meant to be light and fluffy. This was overcooked and stoggy with so much salt.Tasted like it had been taken out of the freezer and zapped in the microwave within an inch of... More 

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Thank Ian F
Management response:

Hi Ian, Firstly thank you for being a regular at Briars. We greatly appreciate it. As with any restaurant, some times, a dish just isn't prepared the way it was intended. Our gnocchi dish has been a very popular one but with change of Chefs, it did have a bad few days and I apologise for that. But rest assured,... More 

Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We have been to the Briars a few times since we had a disappointing experience. Generally things seemed to be improving, the salad bar was reinstated and the quality was better. However the standard of the famed roast pork has dropped, it is now a tired lump of grey meat, you risk losing a few teeth if you hoe into... More 

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Thank Rosebelle
Management response:

Hello Rosabelle, Well it certainly is difficult for owners who are so passionate about turning Briars around to read a review such as yours when our team try so hard 7 days a week, 364 days of the year. We have had a change over of some kitchen and floor staff over the past 12 months since we took over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moss Vale road, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Southern Highlands  >  Bowral
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4868 3566

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?