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Lachlan's Old Government House

Venues & Event Spaces
Parramatta, NSW
Open today - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Mon 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thu 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sun 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Gardens, History, Private Rooms, Verandahs. Restaurant, Weddings And Corporate Events In One Of Sydneys Best National Trust Restaurants.

Restaurant and Cafe. Private Dining Rooms for small parties up to 30 guests. Long Verandahs for outside dining. Corporate Events. Seminars, Conferences and Meetings. Weddings. Parties. Upmarket celebrations of all kinds.


Dining Options

Private Room Outdoor Seating Banquet Bookings Functions Alfresco Indoor Dining Corporate Dining A-la-carte Coffee Buffet


International Australian Fingerfood Native Australian Modern Australian Coffee

Price Guide

Mains $30-$50


Licensed and BYO


Group Bookings Outdoor Seating Function Room Private Function


Breakfast Brunch Degustation Lunch Dinner

Disabled Facilities

Disabled Parking

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Reviews of Lachlan's Old Government House

  • Lovely place with rich history, good service and Lunch menu is superb. Food is appetizing. High tea could be better as serving portion is small comparison to other similar establishments.
  • We had our wedding reception in the marquee at Lachlans Old Government House in 2004 and we've been coming to dinner here often ever since. The food is always excellent, and whether it's winter time snuggled up in one of the private rooms with a log fire, or out on the verandah enjoying the breeze, we always enjoy ourselves. Phillip often regales us with the history of the place whenever we ask. It's not a bustling, high energy place, so it's suited to a relaxed or intimate meal unless you're bringing your own large group with you. We joined the VIP club on our wedding day and now we receive a dining voucher to spend every year on our anniversary.
  • I recently had my wedding at Lachlan\'s Marquee with our ceremony held on the front steps of Old Government House.
    The old Lachlans website, should be an indication of what to expect for any event at this venue. These days, having a great website designed is really easy! For not that much cash, they could really do something with it, but alas, the website remains outdated and as tired as the interior of the Marquee and as tired and unmotivated as their staff.
    Despite the history and beauty of the venue, Management treats your event as just another number; booking events one after the other. I am always amazed at how people can provide a service in the Wedding Industry (which we all know is big bucks), and still have no concept of making people feel special or excited about their event.
    One of the Management was particularly rude in most of my correspondence with them - abrupt and unyielding for no reason, despite my polite email enquiries. When we met face to face, they were condescending and made me feel like an idiot for no reason at all! Being the Bride, you would expect that they would be doing anything to make me feel special, but I was simply made to feel stupid, with any requests I had shot down. Instead of saying yes we can provide that for you etc, they were trying to talk me out of many ideas I had, simply because they couldn't be bothered. When asked if they could reserve a couple of spots in parking for the Bridal car and other parties, they could not make any arrangements of the sort. Family members who were part of the Bridal Party but not in the bridal car, had to quickly go look for parking and walk across the field (in high heels and dresses) to get to the ceremony, which was very stressful and time-consuming for them, delaying our ceremony.
    Bump-in time was greatly effected as they had no storage for us to bring things for the reception set-up days before the event, and the staff had not even cleaned or set up for OUR wedding after the night before's event (tables & table cloths not in place, and floor very dirty, needing sweeping etc). This effected our set-up, and made our event run behind schedule. When my helpers were bumping-out, they were hurried up as another event was booked straight after our wedding!
    Pricing for an Event High Tea was way above what we got food wise. Don't let them tell you that it is enough - it is NOT! Maybe I am used to big European/Ethnic dos where we have generous amounts of food, but even for a High Tea, it was tiny amounts of food for the price. Knowing this could be the case, we had also paid for canapes and champagne etc, to be served upstanding after the ceremony, which my new husband and I got none of! The left overs from the canapes/Hors d'oeuvres (as promised), were NOT given to us or served later (which would be logical and a routine thing to do in the food service industry, since we paid for it). God knows what happened to those delicious left-overs!
    Staff were friendly but docile, and ineffectual - I had to tell them to bring food and tea etc to us at the Bridal Table several times - they seem to have forgotten us, even though we were supposed to be the centre of attention! MC/Maitre'D was lovely, but again, docile and with no self-motivation; I had to keep telling them what to do every 5 minutes, despite having provided them with detailed notes/ script and running sheet - leaving me to not enjoy the day. I was asked constantly what I wanted to have happen next.
    Our food was minuscule despite being assured by management weeks before that the High Tea was more than enough food. Children got more food with their chicken and chips than the adults did with their over-priced High Tea. In the end, we paid about $70 per head for tiny amounts of food for our guests in a tired looking venue.
    The Marquee at Lachlan's is a very tired looking venue. It could be great - it could be wonderful. But they need to look at really cleaning and sprucing up the place, including re-polishing the floorboards, and fixing those dreadful broken pots that greet you at the front door of the marquee! Thank goodness we had styled the event ourselves from head to toe, making it look much more beautiful than it usually does, or probably ever did.
    Lachlan\'s needs to re-look at several things for their business to be highly sought after: Management needs to clean up their attitude to paying customers, and know the business of making one feel special; their website and Wedding Folder and other literature needs serious updating (come on, it does not cost that much to revamp a website and get a new folder with better quality images for potential new customers); they need to revamp their menus on offer; and their Marquee needs a serious clean and revamping (especially those broken ugly pots that are at the front door of the venue)!

  • The verandah area was the only positive. We went with a large group and were seated in a nice outdoor area. Then the food came... What rubbish! Flavourless sandwiches, cakes tasted old. They even ran out of menu items and rather than advise us, they served us different and I'm sure cheaper options. Bad bad bad! Would rate a 0!!
  • We had a farewell lunch for a workmate there. It was a bit hard to find where to annouce our arrival, but when we eventually did find the staff, we were seated on a lovely verandah with vines overhead and birds twittering about.
    The food was lovely and the atmosphere of the historic building is fantastic. I will definately go there again.
  • ac 1 review
    We had a Winterr High Tea in one of the small dining rooms to celebrate a birthday. We were warmly welcomed, the service was great all afternoon and the High Tea menu as fabulous with lot's to enjoy.
  • Kiz&Co 249 reviews
    After a hot-air balloon ride for my mum in her last months with terminal cancer (one of her final wishes), we organised a very intimate breakfast with family and friends in Lachlans. The breakfast was wonderful. Very few could finish their meal it was that large, and we all felt it was like a traditional country breakfast. After a very early start am) to our morning ballooning, and chasing a spot to be able to take off from, dining together over a champagne breakfast is a memory we will always remember. The private dining room was beautifully and tastefully decorated, and the waiting staff were sensitive to our needs. They also treated my two daughters (the only children present) very kindly. The verandah area was extremely relaxing. We ended up spending hours there and the time just flew by.
  • We had our wedding reception in the beautiful maquee just behind Old Government House and absolutely loved it!

    The staff were so helpful and its a lovely location.
  • Good place for wedding or function.... but the food menu can be expand a bit!
  • The location is perfect and whilst the menu is simple, the food is delicious. Great by the open fire on a cold winters day or in the shade of the verandah in summer. The staff are attentive, parking is a breeze.
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