Bridge Road Brewers Old Coach House Brewers Lane 50 Ford St Beechworth HOT: Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

Features:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs,
  • playground;
  • disabled toilet with pram access;
  • kids menu; and
  • standard menu suitable for kids.

One of the most popular family-friendly eateries in Beechworth is actually at a brewery, Bridge Road Brewers.

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We were invited to visit Bridge Road Brewers by Tourism North East and we rolled into Beechworth just after lunch opening on a weekday. Being unseasonably warm already the beer garden was starting to fill up so if you’re coming with a large group or want to be assured of a spot during a busy period then book ahead, especially if you need high chairs.

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For colder climes the beer hall is spacious and filled with beer-making paraphernalia, decor and furniture as well as a cosy wood fire.

The Bridge Road Brewers kitchen makes pretzels and pizzas influenced by brewery co-owner Maria Frischmann, who grew up in the Tyrolean Alps. The kitchen bakes pretzels daily and they come plain ($3) or with a choice of cheese sauce or chocolate sauce ($4.50).

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These crusty, salt-speckled twists are the perfect snack for kids – easy to hold, easy to chew – though I wouldn’t give them too much obviously due to the salt content. Lady AB and Baby 2.0 loved them and after a 3 hour drive from Melbourne it was a good way to get them munching before the main meals arrived.

Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

 

Bridge Road Brewers.

The kitchen is most famous for its extensive range of pizzas though you can order other beer-friendly plates such as nachos, ribs and pie or a lighter soup or salad.

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Bridge Road Brewer’s pizza bases are made in house using their Bavarian Wheat Ale and it creates a crispy, bubbly base for a range of toppings. We tried the classic margherita punctuated with big dollops of Shaw River Buffalo Mozzarella and fragrant basil leaves ($17.50) and for contrast, a non-traditional “Morrison Street Butchers” Sausage Pizza with bocconcini, caramelised onions, tomato, sausage and mustard sauce ($19). There is also a kids pizza which is plain cheese.

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Both pizzas were bursting with hearty flavours and very filling – I think one large pizza between two would be sufficient, even with kids. My only criticism is that I thought there could have been less topping so as to retain the crispiness of the base and to prevent ingredients frequently slipping off into a messy puddle (onto my lap, invariably). But in general Australian pizza eaters tend to prefer more toppings, not less, so I can understand the slightly overladen approach.

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For adults you can match your food with a pint of any of their craft beers or go with a beer flight of up to ten tastings that arrives on its own special board. You can also conduct your own tasting by taking home a mixed six-pack ($19.50).

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For kids I think the highlight of Bridge Road Brewers was probably the playground. There’s a tree swing, climbing frame, things to turn, twist and tangle and a mini slide.

Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

Bridge Road Brewers is a great place for families where both kids and adults will enjoy themselves equally. There’s great food and drink, great kids facilities and a friendly atmosphere which sees parents flock to the beer garden all through the week.

ridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford St, Beechworth +61 3 5728 2703

Kitchen opens lunch 7 Days a week, 12 – 3pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6pm. 

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