Osmington Road, WA 6285 (located on the Perth side of Margaret River, about 6km down Osmington Road)
Phone: 9758 8177 – http://www.colonialbrewingco.com.au/brewery/
Open Daily 11am – 6pm (until 9:30pm on Fridays)
Colonial Brewing Company is about a 10 minute drive from Margaret River town. It is a really great place to take the kiddies as it has a huge (fenced) grassed area and a large playground which is partly shaded.
There are a couple of decent climbing frames with slides, forts and monkey bars as well as a see saw and an old style playground roundabout (Merry-Go-Round). There is also a smaller enclosed one. The roundabout can get a bit crazy so you would need to watch little ones on that if there are lots of children. On a hot day the playground equipment in the open (ie not under the shade sail) can also get pretty hot so you might want to test it out first.
There is lots of seating outside, including a fair bit under the large veranda which is covered by a hard roof so you can still sit there if it rains. However, at busy times you either need to book or get there early to get a good table.
There are some hills to roll down and plenty of space for ball games and running around, away from the tables.
We have been a few times. On the most recent occasion we were not that hungry and had a platter of cold meats, cheese, olives, etc which was very nice. There is a decent range of food from salads, fish and chips, burgers, etc. We have had the pizzas before and they were very good too.
There were 4 choices on the children’s menu – pizza, fish and chips, burger and chips or grilled chicken and chips. Each option is $10.50 and our kiddies chose the kid’s size pizza which was very yummy. See the website for an up to date version of their menu.
There is a kitchen garden which the restaurant uses in its kitchen and their website says they try to use the garden and local ingredients for all their dishes.
For the adults you can get a tasting paddle of beers for $15 which is always fun. They also do a ‘growler’ which is a massive 2L bottle of beer. You can buy them full or empty and you can also get them re-filled.
* 6pm to 9.30pm every Friday all adult pizzas are $10.
* One time when we went for lunch during the Easter school holidays, it was extremely busy. We had booked a table so we had somewhere to sit but food and drinks are ordered at the bar and at times we had to queue for about an hour to order anything or get a drink! They may have been short staffed as this hasn’t happened before when we have been but it is worth looking at the queues at the bar, particularly if you have hungry kiddies.
We have been to Colonial a quite a few times over the years and would definitely recommend it.
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