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Our family have frequented this pub for many years but our visit on Sunday to celebrate a family birthday was disappointing. The way we were spoken to at our table was very ubrupt and unnecessarily rude. We all sat there in shock and surprise. Then...all the meals which had crumbs on were very overcooked to the point they could hardly be eaten. Hoping this was just an off day for them.More
Lovely country pub just out of Gowrie Junction and very close to Toowoomba. A good number of patrons there the day we were there, good selection of eats and an above average variety of drinks. Value/Price was very good I thought. The meals were huge...(perhaps too big) but it was pleasing to see the attention to detail. I had sate beef on a bed of yellow rice with salad which also came with chips. The beef was lovely and tender, the chips were not over cooked and the Salad was lovely and fresh and included a slice of watermelon which was a nice touch. Was very happy with our short stay. My only criticism was that on our particular day (through no fault of the pub) we seemed to be competing with quite a few flies who also thought the meals were great.More
Our son took us here on our recent Toowoomba visit, reminding us prior not to eat any breakfast! He had made a last minute booking so our table was not in the best pozzy when we arrived but the staff bent over backwards to secure...a better table on the balcony area for us, all before we'd even ordered our first drinks! We all had steak meals, done to perfection and yes, don't eat breakfast! I would agree that the meals here are fabulous as are the attentive staff who, although obviously run off their feet the day we went, remained welcoming and happy. Do yourself a favour & make the trip.More
From 15 through to 22 December 2020, my wife and I enjoyed a delightful week at Highfields, near Toowoomba approximately 140 kilometres west of Brisbane. Highfields is a satellite town of Toowoomba around 13 kilometres north of the city. Our accommodation in Highfields for the...week was the charming Oak Cottage, one of the Homewood Cottages (reviewed separately).
During our visit we visited a number of local attractions and enjoyed some great meals at a variety of country pubs, and none better than the one we had at the Meringandan Hotel on the Saturday night.
The Meringandan Hotel is the social hub of the small town of Meringandan, around 8.5 kilometres north-west of Highfields. The locals warned us that the steaks at the Meringandan Pub are some of the biggest in Australia and for us to be prepared for a very large meal. The Pub lived up to its huge reputation and did not disappoint.
To cope with Covid 19 restrictions in place at the time, the Pub instigated a two session scheme where patrons could pick either 5pm or 7pm for their evening meal when booking. Bookings by the way are essential at this very busy hotel. We chose the later time. The staff had a very well organised set up to record attendance to meet their Covid 19 plan, with a minimum of fuss.
We were given a table on the back deck which we appreciated as it gave us a bit of a breeze for added comfort. On our table on arrival was our place card with our name, table number, our arrival time and number of guests. The organisation by the staff in getting patrons seated so efficiently was impressive. An added bonus was to see the sun setting over the Meringandan countryside from our back deck table. There is plenty of seating inside as well as an outside courtyard catering for larger groups. There were a lot of patrons eating while we were there.
Ordering meals was at the counter via a very large blackboard menu offering every possible steak type including small and large rumps, T-bones and rib fillet steak. They offered mixed grills, reef and beef (seafood and meat combination), lamb shanks and lamb cutlets as well as fish. I chose their excellent Texas T-Bone, medium rare with salad and Dianne sauce whilst my wife had prawn cutlets and chips. My T-Bone simply melted in my mouth, it was so well cooked. For what we received, the price of $37 for the T-Bone and $24.90 for the prawn cutlets represented very good value. We were asked if we wanted desserts; however one course at this Hotel is plenty enough so we politely declined.
One gentleman next to us dared to order their “Monster Rump” and on observation a very large meal indeed. In fact far too large a meal for me so I am glad “my eyes were not bigger than my stomach” and that I settled for the Texas T-Bone instead.
It was a nice country atmosphere throughout the evening and we enjoyed a couple of drinks to accompany the meal. The cooking of the meals was not rushed. For my steak I asked for medium rare and medium rare is what I received – it doesn’t get better than that.
Our visit to the Meringandan Hotel was very memorable and we enjoyed the Saturday evening dining experience. We look forward to returning in the future.More