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“Grossly Overated”

Halfway Inn (Restaurant)
Ranked #6 of 550 Restaurants in Patong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$18
Cuisines: Bar, Asian, Thai, Pub, Healthy
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Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: We are pleased to announce that, on the 2nd October 2016, we relocated 'Halfway Inn' to the grounds of The Hill Resort, Patong, which is 450 metres past Christin Massage on the left hand side of the road heading South towards Karon, directly opposite PS Hill Resort. To avoid confusion the new place will be known as 'Halfway Inn - The Hill Resort' on popular social media. The old place will still serve bar snacks and drinks and is known as 'Halfway Inn Bar'. The indoor covered restaurant has a very traditional Thai theme with 10 individual 6 seater salas (bamboo huts) for 60 diners, 12 standard tables providing seating for 48 customers, and a central 'Bamboo Bar' with stools for around 20 punters. There is also a large sports bar area with 2 pool tables, 2 large screen TV's, a 2 metre wide projector screen and enough space for a 5 piece live band. Outside there are a further 3 salas with seating for 18 customers and what will be a covered BBQ sala. There is spacious off-road parking for up to 5 cars (or minibuses) and 30 motorbikes and easy access North (towards Phuket Town and Kamala) or South (towards Karon, Kata, Chalong and Rawai). There is also an access ramp for disabled customers at The Hill Resort reception steps (although, admittedly, it needs some improvement). Customers, old and new, will welcome the fact that we have paid attention to the few negative reviews we have received on TripAdvisor (and constructive criticism from our regulars). There is now much more space between different dining groups, excellent washroom facilities, and (optional) segregation between the restaurant and sports bar areas (in one half you can enjoy what games are going on while dining and listening to the music whereas the other will be more discrete). There are also comfortable rooms available at The Hill Resort, which is currently being renovated, bookings can be made online or in person. Bed and Breakfast prices are reasonable, the pool and rainforest surroundings are very pleasant, with a swim up bar, jacuzzi pool and kids pool. Some of the rooms on the upper levels have views over Patong Bay. Nan is enthused by the fact that can now create her mouth-watering dishes from a very large, modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, the size of our existing restaurant / bar area in Soi Kepsap. We are both excited by the opportunities this new property offers and we trust that all our customers, old and new, will enjoy their visit here.
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“Grossly Overated”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

The restaurant has 4 small tables with 3 chairs at each (inside) & 2 bench style seating arrangements out the front.. Meals are more expensive than many other larger restaurants in better locations. Dave & Nan are friendly. Alcoholic drinks are more expensive than many other bars in similar locations Meals are ordinary.
There are 3 'free BBQ's a week. As free as ping pong shows in Bangla Rd , free as a scratch ticket from the timeshare touts.
The tiled floor inside is badly damaged , the pool table has holes worn in the surface & every plate used to serve our meal on was different & appeared to be randomly selected from a 2nd hand shop.
Not what most would expect from the #3 restaurant in Patong !

  • Visited October 2013
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8 Thank black_ribbon_NSW
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Dave W, Owner at Halfway Inn (Restaurant), responded to this review, 4 November 2013
dear Black Ribbon NSW

thank you for your review, I have a few comments that I would like to make in response.

The FREE BBQ that we provide 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) is exactly what we advertise - we do not charge for the food and customers can eat as little or as much as they wish. The food is fresh from the market that day, many satisfied customers comment on the quality of the sausages and the way our cooks painstakingly marinade all the meat and seafood prior to cooking. Your comments comparing our FREE BBQ to a Ping Pong show or timeshare scratchcard ripoff do not accurately reflect the legitimate, upfront, honest policy I encourage here and I am disappointed that you felt the need to make those comments.

On BBQ nights the only thing we charge for is alcohol which should not come as a surprise to a seasoned traveller. We have found that nearly all our customers who reply to our invitation to a FREE BBQ (i.e. where we do not charge for food) reciprocate by having a few beers, enjoying themselves, playing Pool and making new friends.

There are several reasons why we charge slightly more for our drinks than other bars in the area notably the fact that we serve original spirits rather than the 'copy' spirits that are readily available in Thailand and which some other bars may choose to serve in order to keep costs down. We also specialise in serving our beer ice cold, never charge more than 80 baht and, for 3 hours every day between 4pm and 7pm, drop the price to 60 baht during Happy Hour. We are also a Sports Bar and customers can watch almost any sport on 5 independent TV's in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking environment.

Our meal prices are actually the same or cheaper than most other establishments in the immediate area, we have had many positive comments about the taste and quality of the food, the only surprising complaints being that our portion sizes are too large!

I agree with your comment that the pool table surface leaves a bit to be desired, however the table is perfectly level, the cues are straight, the cloth is fast, and most of all it is totally FREE to everyone all day, every day. The small hole has been caused by inexperienced players (felt rippers) repeatedly breaking from the spot, which would annoy any pool player of standing. The table will be recovered in the near future. I also agree with your comment about the holes in the floor, again caused by 'felt rippers' smashing the ball off the table, again I have plans to source some sort of rubberised floor covering to improve the appearance of our establishment.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“cheap and cheerful”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

What more can you ask for friendly staff and service with a smile perfect for budget travellers with authentic cusine highly recommend to anyone.

  • Visited October 2013
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“Awesome from Steven Reig”
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Most likely in the top 5 bar/restaurants in all Patong. Free BBQ 3 days a week, pool competitions and a great Thai menu. Heaps of fun and a great atmosphere. Pop in and say hi to Dave and Nan.

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“Small little homely place”
Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I walked pass this place while making our way to the beach. The A - League fixture got our attention. Stopped by to have a grub. Food was very good! Both of the owners, Dave and Nan were very welcoming! Thanks very much guys. We will be back. Look forward to enjoying your Elvis live music again.

Best wishes,

Luke and Peach xx

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Gold Coast, Australia
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“Fun Place with free BBQ”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stopped by here for a drink and it was a night when they put on a free BBQ for guests drinking there. My husband enjoyed the BBQ immensely, best sausages he had tasted for quite awhile. I couldn't eat because I had Gastro and just sipped on lemonade. Great cold beer and good fun atmosphere, sorry we didn't get to try their Thai food.

  • Visited October 2013
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