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HOT: Station Hotel, Footscray

The Station Hotel in Footscray is considered to be one of the best steak restaurants in Melbourne and it's also child-friendly!

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They have now upped the ante on their kid-friendly offering with a revamped outdoor beer garden and courtyard that caters perfectly for families.

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The historic hotel and fancy gastropub has revamped their outdoor beer garden and gated courtyard with a new deck, shade sails and an awesome two-level cubby house and play kitchen!

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Plus on Sunday Funday there are a host of free activities in the beer garden. Between 12:30-3:30pm they offer a $10 kids menu, free face painting and balloon twisting plus a petting farm or reptile zoo (depending on what week you go).

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Outdoor tables are super popular for Sunday Funday so it's best to make a booking – or you can try turning up on the dot at 12pm when they open for lunch. Order quickly at the bar so that you can get a jump on the crowds!


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From the kids menu we order the fish and chips with peas. I am pleasantly surprised when the waiter asks whether I would like to kids' meals to arrive first. Yes please!

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Lady AB says that the fish and chips are so delicious that every time we visit The Station Hotel she will order it!

The Station Hotel‘s beer garden menu offers ‘bar bites', ‘main meals' and of course, steaks. My GP recently informs me that my iron levels are very low and that I need to eat red meat more regularly, so I order a bavette with greens, chips and mini pots of hollandaise and pepper sauce ($32).

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My medium-rare steak is perfectly well seared with a thin crust and the 200g steak is the right portion (most steaks are 300-400g). It's not actually on the bar menu but you can order items from the restaurant menu if you ask for it.

The steak sandwich (which is on the bar menu) is a generous double-hander stuffed with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion.

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The Station Hotel‘s Sunday Fundays are a great way to enjoy a relaxed Sunday lunch with kids. If you have dinner between Monday and Thursday they also offer a free kids meal from 5-7pm for every main meal purchased. That's almost every day of the week sorted!

For more fun in Footscray check out Footscray Park and Quarry Park

Click here for more family-friendly cafes and restaurants with outdoor play

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • There are disabled toilets and a change table;
  • Children’s menu at $10;
  • Colouring-in, cubby house, kitchen
  • Sunday Fundays 12:30-3pm there is free face painting and balloon twisting plus a petting farm or reptile zoo (depending on what week you go);
  • Street parking available on Hyde Street and surrounding streets; and
  • Nearest train station is Footscray Station

I hope this post has helped or inspired you! Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to find out more ways for your family to have fun together!

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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