The Woodcroft

Today on the Dining Diaries…

The ribs make us roar but the beef was a bore.
You can go far with an okay salad bar and
Fireplaces bring comfy heat and soothing cosiness while we eat.

Ah thanks for indulging me by reading that rhyme. Seemed liked a good idea at the time..

Now onto the review! Today we were at The Woodcroft.
What a nice little surprise this place was! We hadn’t been here before and truly hadn’t heard much about it but it came up on a list of possible places to go today so we chose it.

I had a look on their website before we left to see what kind of menu they had and to see if there is anything unique about the place. The Woodcroft calls itself the “soul of the south”, with priorities being brew, conversation, and comfort food. They also claim that their delicious new menu raises the bar on pub food. Sounded good to me!

When you walk through you see that there are quite a few different eating areas and many of them have  fireplaces which I find a huge plus! Nothing like sitting in front of a fire place. I love that the seating areas are diverse too, so you can pick whatever area you’re in the mood for. There’s lots of lovely wood and industrial type decor making the dining areas spacious looking but also strangely cosy and comforting.

We took a couple of menus and found a nice comfy booth. There really is a lot on this menu! From pub favourites like schnitzels and salt & pepper squid to specialties like Jambalaya, Tank Beer Braised Beef in cob, Habanero Prawns and many more.

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Seacliff Beach Hotel

Today on the Dining Diaries,

We get Schnitty’s on the cheap,
We get Cider on the cheap,
We discover that when assessing food quality, value for money saves the day!

Hey Diners, today we were at the Seacliff Beach Hotel. A pub that is situated on the esplanade at Seacliff.
Anyone who’s been here can attest to the perfect location, especially in Summer when the sun and surf glisten in the background as you sip your wine or beer.

We have been to the Seacliff many times, but usually on the weekend. Today we were drawn here because of their Thursday night special – Two Schnitty’s and a cider for $30. Now that’s value!

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We walked in from the ground floor. There seems to be a stark difference between the ground and top floors. The ground floor is carpeted and devoid of atmosphere. It seems to attract an older crowd.

 

njouvipv9nnqbcmwiqmdThe top floor, even when not full of people, seems to have an entirely different vibe. Warm wood, exposed brick, noise, relaxed and a much younger clientele. There’s also a fireplace however even on this cold night, it wasn’t lit which was a little disappointing.

The top floor also has a balcony where you can take full advantage of those glorious views. There is heating out there so you can dine in comfort even during the colder months.

We noticed that a lot of diners both upstairs and down, had ordered the schnitty’s so they must be a popular draw-card.
We ordered a chicken schnitty with mushroom sauce and a beef schnitty with no sauces and took our jug of cider to the table.
You have to admit, that is amazing value for thirty dollars!

The food came out within minutes after we sat! At least, it felt that quick.

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Hubby had the chicken schnitty and he had no complaints.

 

You can’t really complain for the price.

 

He said the chicken was thick and moist and the mushroom sauce was very creamy. In fact, his exact words were that his dish was perfect!

 

He really enjoyed it

 

 

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I went for the beef schnitty and it was probably exactly as I was expecting.

The meat was a little tough however again, for the price, I’m not going to complain and I would even order that again.

It was not premium chef quality but it was perfectly acceptable for a weekday pub meal and very filling.

Interestingly enough, if you look at the two pictures of our schnitty’s you may notice that the salad on my plate was double the size of the salad on hubby’s plate.
It was kind of strange that no one noticed that and they allowed that to go to the table like that. It almost looks like someone has half eaten his.
He also had loads of dressing in his where mine had hardly any.

I have been to this place quite a few times and never been wowed but they haven’t done anything overtly wrong either.
It’s a great meeting place for locals.
I’m sure I will continue to enjoy the Seacliff whether it be Winter or Summer because there really is just something about the place that draws you.

Have you been to The Seacliff? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below,

Till next we chow…