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I would like to say that I had a wonderful experience last Saturday when I had the pleasure of meeting a friend for lunch at the Commercial Hotel. We both had a lunch consisting of the freshest seafood, followed by a yummy desert and to finish off a froffy cappucchino made by a very nice person named Sharon I believe.I had previously dined at the hotel and hadn't returned because of the poor service however when I heard it had been taken over by new owners I went back. I have no hesitation in recommending this place to anyone who wants a great local to have a drink and a bonus because the food is great as well.
review by: Gina
I've never felt particularly welcome in this pub but our last visit was the worst yet. Our family of 3 (2 adults & a 5 year old) decided to grab some dinner from the bistro - they bill themselves as kid-friendly. We were met in a brusque manner by a waiter who pointed us vaguely in the direction of a suitable table. He then made a disproportionate fuss when we inadvertently sat at the wrong table. We moved without complaint to the correct table & had barely pulled our chairs in, let alone looked at a menu when he was back again warning us that the behaviour of our child could possibly disturb other patrons. I'd have certainly understood if my child were out of control but he was standing quietly under a nearby tree. Kid-friendly? - I don't think so.
During the minute we were there, we managed to notice that the only other group of diners were receiving the same, barely civil service that we had received, except that a waitress was dishing it out. No kids at their table though – just lucky to get the Rolls Royce service I guess!
review by: alli369
After slogging up the hill from the ferry wharf, we were only to happy to stop for a quick beer, so we squeezed into the Commercial. As soon as you get through the door, you're at the bar - it's not exactly spacious, and I do think the pokie machines added to the feeling of claustrophobia a little. There's more space round the other side of the bar, but we only intended stopping for one and didn't want to get too setllted in. As it turned out we were there for more like three or four, but there you go.
We were served after a 'short' delay (the barmaid was holding a united nations summit on the other side of the bar) - and settled into our barstools. The Winter Olympics dominated the TV - Ice Skating (what's all that about anyway?) and the crowd cackled evilly every time a competitor took a spill.
After we introduced ourselves as SydneyPubGuide, we suddently became very important - with refills offered before we'd even finished the first lot. We don't think this happens all the time folks, so don't expect it. We won't be expecting it next visit (when we won't
be introducing ourselves at all). Expect this review to be amended after the anonymous review.
review by: pubguide staff