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regional excursions for dining

By astrojax - 30 January 2014 21

i thought i’d trawl the riotous hive mind for some food for thought.  my family has a significant milestone this year and we are considering clumping together, a rare event, and go somewhere nice for a meal and perhaps an overnight stay (there’s the folks and three [proper old] kids, mebbe a partner or two thrown in).

the family want to come through the ‘berra to see the astro monkey and astro chicken, then either swan off to somewhere in driving distance for a slap up feed, or even to stay over night and come back through here next day…

so, where do you recommend?  I’ve heard about torpy’s at braidwood, the french place at bungendore.  then there’s collector.  what to do?  looking at maybe two hours drive, tops.  but out of town, so no ‘berra recommendations.

What’s Your opinion?


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regional excursions for dining
astrojax 4:02 pm 31 Jan 14

andym said :

The Carrington at Bungendore is pretty good too.

one idea was to stay at the carrington and eat at marcel’s (?) restaurant up the road… anyone with experiences eating there?

and i like the sound of ‘clinton devine’s’ better than ‘flint’… 🙂

some interesting ideas, thanks – keep ’em coming!

andym 2:11 pm 31 Jan 14

The Carrington at Bungendore is pretty good too.

andym 2:07 pm 31 Jan 14

The Black Swan at Binalong used to be very popular, not sure if its still operating though.

pajs 10:18 am 31 Jan 14

Roundhead89 said :

I’ve heard ads on 2CC for a restaurant called Clinton Devine’s in Murrumbateman at the Celador winery. Sounds interesting.

That would be ‘Flint in the Vines’ at the Shaw cellar door.

Erg0 9:33 am 31 Jan 14

caf said :

Eschalot in Berrima is a fantastic restaurant, on the edge of your 2 hour limit depending on what part of town here you’re starting out from.

+1 for Eschalot, and it’s a fairly easy drive down the highway (most of the way) as well.

caf 11:14 pm 30 Jan 14

Eschalot in Berrima is a fantastic restaurant, on the edge of your 2 hour limit depending on what part of town here you’re starting out from.

Links House in Bowral is a nice place where you can all get a good meal and stay at the venue.

The Eagle’s Nest (up the top of the chairlift at Thredbo) has Saturday night dinners on all winter and during the school holidays in summer (they transport you up and down the mountain in a gondola), with of course lots of accomodation available in the village. Down in the Thredbo village the Terrace Restaurant is great too, and is located within a hotel.

dtc 10:20 pm 30 Jan 14

If you are going to head all the way to Ulladulla (2.5hrs), then Cupitts Winery is really nice esp on a sunny day for lunch or a warm evening.

Biota is excellent as well. Also Eschalot at Berrima. Proper expensive tho (both of them).

someone 6:16 pm 30 Jan 14

had a great meal at st isodor’s last year – the ulladulla/milton area. http://www.stisidore.com.au/

Roundhead89 5:18 pm 30 Jan 14

I’ve heard ads on 2CC for a restaurant called Clinton Devine’s in Murrumbateman at the Celador winery. Sounds interesting.

switch 2:01 pm 30 Jan 14

Meridian Cafe in Marulan is very good and has won some awards.

tommy 1:47 pm 30 Jan 14

Can’t go wrong with either Grazing or Rick Stein at Bannisters. Don’t stay at Bannisters though as it isn’t that great for the price.

Madam Cholet 1:42 pm 30 Jan 14

Grazing is the obvious of course.

Southern Highlands probably have some nice places – there’s the White Horse Inn – historic, has accommodation and provate rooms – Berrima from memory?

Wouldn’t go for Rick Steins if you have kiddy winks. Looks nice and we almost went, but Master Cholet was tired and cranky and it would not have worked at such a nice place!

I’ve always also wanted to get out to Willowvale Mill at Laggan – an interesting looking place. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g3329321-d3284165-r130140455-Willow_Vale_Mill_Guesthouse_and_Restaurant-Laggan_New_South_Wales.html

pajs 1:09 pm 30 Jan 14

Grazing as the more local option. Biota in the Southern Highlands is not too far to drive, is bloody good and has reasonably-price rooms on site.

Probably a bit out of your range, but Neila in Cowra is excellent.

qbngeek 12:34 pm 30 Jan 14

I highly recommend Grazing at Gundaroo. In my experience one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in the region. Book well in advance.

Been to Torpys several times and have nothing good to say about them, and that’s from someone who lives in Braidwood.

Holden Caulfield 12:20 pm 30 Jan 14

It might be a bit close, but Grazing at Gundaroo is always pretty reliable.

What about Rick Stein’s place down the coast, wherever that is, Mollymook maybe?

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