- Diners Club Winelist of the year 2002, 2004, 2006
- Diners Club Gold Wine list of the year 2010, 2011
Giles is one of the northern suburbs’ most popular after work meeting places and has become renowned for its bustling ambience and superb deck overlooking the Craighall Park Valley which has a magnificent sunset view.
Giles generally attracts an upmarket crowd and has become very popular amongst young professionals on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday evening. Saturdays too can be very busy depending on which sport is being broadcast on the eight large plasma TV screens.
Opened in 1994, by Ian and Jenni Gillies, Giles began as a small neighbourhood pub with a rather large restaurant.
The name was spawned through the combination of Ian’s nickname and from the title of Giles cartoon books (drawn by Roland “Carl” Giles and published in the London Daily Express from 1945 – 1991) some of which were copied and pasted on the original dinner tables.
Tragedy struck on December 6th 2005, when Ian was murdered, a calamity that devastated the Giles community and all who knew this much loved restauranteur.
Giles is still in the family and it is owned by the three Gillies’ children, Benjamin, Kiarin and Bryn.
Like many family businesses, other family members also get involved and Sandy is still the bookkeeper.
The menu has changed somewhat over the 17 years yet the favourite dishes still remain unchanged, namely, The Grandma Burger, Andy’s Fish and Chips, Flo’s Delight and the Oriental Chicken Salad.
To keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting there are monthly specials.
The wine list is extensive, non-expensive and features some unique estates.
The Giles cartoon theme still remains on the tables and within the menu with additions from Ian’s personal collections that he drew.
FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS:
Exciting functions at Giles range from the Month-End Wine Tasting on the last Sunday of the month and mid-month Pub Quizzes.
With the large deck, Giles is a superb venue for that special celebration such as birthdays, farewells and anniversaries and is well known for excellent Festive Season Year-End Functions.