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“50Th Wedding Anniversary spolied by incredibly slow uncaring service”
Review of Hordern's

Ranked #26 of 97 Restaurants in Bowral
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$147
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Hordern's Restaurant offers fine a la carte dining with an extensive wine list. Rich fabrics, high back chairs and soft lighting, give a distinctive feel of the great restaurants of France. Magnificent views of the garden thoroughout the day and night. Open seven days for lunch and dinner.
Reviewed 3 April 2011

My parents 50Th Wedding Anniversary dinner was long planned. We are a small family of 8, so we booked a private dining room. We were all dressed up and so looking forward to our special night. We arrived on time, no staff to greet us - we found the room, table set, no candles lit and no one to take a drink order. We sat and waited and then someone poked there head in the door and dashed off - the elusive and arrogant Matrie 'D!!

The food was fantastic, the young waiter who served us and did his best was professional but when you wait 1 hour betwwen courses the gloss goes off the evening. Three times we had to chase down staff serve us and at the 45 minute mark waiting for dessert (and we were not waiting on a souffle!!) we were tired and had enough. We asked the Matrie 'D what he meant by 'Its coming - we have a wedding for 120 people you know!!" That was the sinking feeling we all had when we knew that are special party didn't matter, they simply didn't care.

To top it all off we then had to track down staff to pay the bill - even then we had to wait.

Great food, lovely young waiter let down by very slow Kitchen ruled by a rude and arrogant Matrie 'D.

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Reviewed 21 April 2009

We dined for lunch in the new Orangerie restaurant and it did not dissapoint. Years ago we experienced the most romantic and splendid food experience at Hordens and returned to this exquisite country house for another dose. The service was wonderfully friendly. My lamb rump on eggplant relish with red wine reduction was to die for. Make sure you allow time to wander around the spectacular grounds after lunch or before dinner

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Reviewed 20 October 2008

As they suggested on the phone, we wandered the grounds here before dinner. The formal English gardens are magnificent. Really remarkable. A nice way to warm up for dinner.

The restaurant itself is quite nice. Probably one of the most upscale feelings I have had in Australia. (I didn't wear a jacket, but easily could have).

The food was very good. Amazing tastes, well prepared. Good portion sizes. I had the lamb and the wife had a vegetable stack sort of thing. The service was top notch -- very attentive.

I was a little disappointed by the children's menu -- 3 items such as spagetti Bolognese, chicken nuggets, etc; next time I think I would let them chose off the big people's menu.

2  Thank Leroi L
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