I am so guilty of the that old saying "don't judge a book by its cover." I do it all the time! The biggest example of this is that I have regularly driven past the Wenty Leagues Club in Wentworthville, and thought that it was a wee bit drab looking from the outside, and therefore never ventured in. However, a girlfriend convinced me to have a play date there during the school holidays on a stinking hot day, and she promised me that I would be impressed. And she was right - this is one impressive club! Not only its size, but its facilities, décor, service and food are all top notch - even their coffee is pretty good!
The Wenty Leagues Club is kind of like the mother ship of clubs - there are 5 different venues to dine in, numerous bars, a huge indoor kids play area and weekly kids activities, function spaces and of course bowling greens and pokie lounges. There is plenty of parking and access into the club is very easy with prams - there is a lift that will take you up to the various levels where the dining and play areas are. If you need help at all, the door staff are so very friendly - actually every member of staff I've encountered on our visits (yes we have been back!) are lovely and helpful.
On the first level of the club you will find the kids play area which has loads of things for kids to climb in up and through, as well as a slippery slide, TV viewing room and gaming machines. This room is sound proof and has glass frontage so you can spy on the kids from the dining area directly outside it. If the kids need to use the loo, they are just near the lift (where you came in) and there is also baby change facilities here too. The play room closes at 9pm each night and socks must be worn at all times when in there - staff actually patrol the area and ask kiddies to leave if they don't have them on (yep, guilty as charged).
You will find most of the fambams sitting outside of the play room and ordering from either the Wenty Cafe or Lawsons Bistro. We've eaten from both the cafe and the bistro and have been very happy with the food and drinks we munched away on. There is a TV on the wall in this area with the Nickelodeon channel turned on, which helps to keep little people occupied whilst eating. During mid morning this area is full of mums groups and grandparents looking after their grand kids. By mid afternoon it is dead quiet, making it a great place to have a play date after school. On Friday and Saturday nights it is jam packed - so make sure you arrive early to grab a table.
The Wenty Cafe is open from 9am (8am on weekends) and it serves breakfast (including red velvet pancakes & smashed avo on toast!) coffee, cake, sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizzas and the list goes on - the selection is huge. You order and pay at the counter and are a given a buzzer. And because it's a club you can also have a cheeky wine or two from the bar next door with your meal.
Now Wenty Leagues have gotten on board the freak shake train, and are pumping out some incredible looking delights in the Wenty Cafe. Their signature shakes are the Choc Mint Crunch, Tim Tam Slam or the Caramel Craze. And at the moment they have a special Easter Egg shake which the boys have road tested and given a big thumbs up to. These shakes will set you back $10 (or $9 if you are a member) and make for a special afternoon treat. The Easter shake has chocolate milk in the jar, then is topped with whipped cream. On top of that is a waffle basket that has had its edges dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Then piled into the basket are two scoops of ice cream, a slice of chocolate and walnut brownie, an Easter Egg as well as mini Easter eggs sprinkled on top. If you have kids who share well (unlike my lads) I would only order one as they are huge.
The kids meals from the Wenty Cafe come in a fun box which includes a drink. It's just your typical club fare from the cafe for kidlets, but the benefit of it coming in the box means if they don't finish it all you can always take it home with you for later, or just grab the meal to go if the offspring (or you) decide to have a meltdown! But don't be worried about meltdowns, because this place is full of families so there shouldn't be too many judgemental types around.
The other places to dine in at the Club are:
On the couple of occasions that we've now visited Wenty Leagues, I've had coffee from the Wenty Cafe which I was really surprised to find to be really good! Not too many clubs know how to brew proper coffee that's for sure. And I've also had a meal from Lawson's Bistro which was excellent. The Chicken Cashew Salad was huge and full of of lettuce, avocado, red onion, cucumber, toasted cashews and grilled chicken. And it came with a honey mustard dressing. I think there was meant to be crunchy tortillas on top but they were MIA. If salads aren't your thing, you might like the Pigmeup pulled pork burger or the Jamican Jerk Chicken or even a Seafood Platter for one. The menu is very diverse and caters for herbivores and carnivores alike, as well as providing gluten free choices and healthy heart choices too!
Just to let you know, Tiny Tots Tuesdays is held every week at the Club from 11am - 2pm. Little ones will be entertained with drumming sessions, discos, fairy parties and more. Check the Wenty Leagues website for details. During school holidays groups such as the Wiggles and Hi Five also appear at the club, but you must book tickets in advance.
Are you guilty of judging books by their cover too Little Munchers? I've certainly learnt my lesson and hopefully won't do it again, just in case I miss out on experiencing an amazing family friendly facility like the Wenty Leagues Club is x
50 Smith St, Wentworthville NSW
02 8868 9200
Mon - Fri: from 9am
Sat - Sun: from 8am