The Castle Hill RSL Club is an institution with local Hills families - it's THE place to go out. With 5 different eating venues, and a brand new super duper kids playground, I can see why.
IN A NUTSHELL: Being a RSL Club you have to be a member, or live outside the 6km radius to enter the Castle Hill RSL Club. Membership is reasonably priced ar $22/year, and you can pay on the spot. You also receive a $15.00 voucher to be spent on your birthday, so really your membership is only costing $7.00! The Club has loads of parking, an excellent gym as well as a pool where kidlets can learn to swim. There are cocktail bars, and extensive event/function spaces available. Like all Clubs, if you are a member you receive discounted prices for food and drinks. The Castle Hill RSL is also a huge supporter of the local community, sponsoring many sporting teams and charities. The doors to the club are open 7 days a week, from 10am until late.
FAMILY FRIENDLY ASPECTS: The favourite meeting place for parents (in particular Mother's Groups) at the Club, is in the sunny courtyard. This area is really spacious so you can get a huge number of prams in here. There is a lovely green where kids can run around and also the enclosed playground which has play equipmet for both big and little kids. High chairs are in abundance and excellent toilet facilities with baby change tables are close by.
Before you go out to the the courtyard, it is advisable to order something to eat and drink from within the club (unless you are dining with other people who can keep an eye on your kidlets). The Courtyard Cafe is where you can have coffee, cake or a snack 7 days a week from 10.00am. Once you place your order you receive a buzzer and then you have to go back and collect your meal once it is ready. There is a dazzling array of cakes available for you to have with your coffee - oh and the coffee is really good! Babycinos and kid size milkshakes are also available. Besides the sweet treats there are pies, wraps, toasties and other hot snacks available, and nothing costs over $10.00!
If you arrive at lunch/dinner time you can order food from the Courtyard Restaurant - it's basically the club's bistro and it is open 7 days a week. The menu is quite creative and you can have everything from a gourmet salad to an old fashion roast of the day. Most of the menu items cost between $20 - $30, with simpler items such as burgers costing less than 20 bucks. Once you order and pay, you take a table number and staff bring you your meal.
Kids have their very own menu - $9.50 for members and $10.50 for non members - each meal includes an ice cream or slushie. The kids meals are fairly typical but you can choose to have either salad or chips served with the meal which is a bonus. In the bistro area you will also find colouring in for kidlets - you just go and help yourself. This is an ideal way of keeping the kids at the table whilst you all eat dinner.
All of the other eateries within the RSL welcome families with open arms too. Jin Yan Asian Cuisine is a huge Chinese restaurant that is open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner; the Rib Factory is open from Thursday - Sunday for dinner and has $11 - $12.50 kids meals; and the Courtyard Pizzeria is open from Wednesday - Sunday for dinner (as well as lunch on Sun) from 5.30pm.
Every Tuesday in the courtyard the RSL provides entertainment for kidlets which will hopefully give parents a little break from parenting! Face painting, balloons and a clown are the usual entertainment from 11am - 2pm. Also during school holidays they normally have some sort of activity for kids to participate in as well as shows such as Play School Concerts, The Jitterbugs and other kids favourites. So yes the Castle Hill rissole is definitely family friendly and it receives 5 big fat lollipops from us!
So Little Munchers, does your local RSL Club have facilities as good as the one in Castle Hill? Is it THE go to place for dining out in your hood?
77 Castle St, Castle Hill NSW
02 8858 4800
Open 7 days lunch & dinner
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