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Monkey Creek Cafe: (6/10)
227 Chifley Road, Bell — (02) 4567 2222

Run by the Mad Hatter, this cafe is incredibly well positioned, with great views, an environmentally friendly design and good coffee. Unfortunately it’s overpriced, charging gourmet prices for what is still fairly ordinary tucker. Open Fri to Sun.

Mt Tomah:

The Potager: (7/10)
Bells Line of Road, Mt Tomah — (02) 4567 2575

Set in the middle of the stunning Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, it has good food in a spectacular setting. Now that the park entry fee has been scrapped it makes this a handy place to stop after visiting the nearby canyons. Pricey. Only open for breakfast and lunch. A nice option if you get rained out.


Pie in the Sky: (7/10)
1858 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin — (02) 4567 8921

Great homemade pies, right on Bell’s Line, and a convenient toilet for hasty rest stops.

Bilpin Afire: (5/10)
2488 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin — (02) 4567 0335

The old Apple Bar, now a bar, grill and woodfired pizza place. Still under the same management, which based on our experience are pretty rude to dirty bushwalkers and canyoners (they’re clearly after a fancier clientele).

Cottage Orchard Caffe: (7/10)
3158 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin — (02) 4567 2193

They don’t serve meals, but if you’re after a good espresso coffee on the way back from Mt Wilson and great home-made apple pies, baked daily, you can’t go wrong.

Kurrajong Heights:

Archibald Hotel: (6/10)
1349 Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Heights — (02) 4567 7140

The old Kurrajong Heights Hotel / City View Bistro. The meals aren’t as good as they used to be, and the service isn’t always quick, but it does give you the chance to enjoy a beer and the sparkling lights of Sydney.

North Richmond:

Thai Lai Krarm: (8/10)
30 Bells Line of Road, North Richmond — (02) 4571 3654

Well priced, delicious food. Great service, even when you work up in filthy clothes and with leech bloodied feet!

The Bakehouse: (3/10)
6/35 Bells Line of Road, North Richmond — (02) 4571 1545

Great meeting place, but after two bouts of food poisoning from their pies T2 now avoids it. Good selection of pastries. Open early.

My Dad’s Bakery: (5/10)
12/21 Bells Line of Road, North Richmond — (02) 4571 1661

A reasonably good bakery, with everything you need for a quick breakfast on the drive through, although the coffee isn’t great.

Redskins Burger Hut: (6/10)
1&2/21 Bells Line of Road, North Richmond

Fine purveyors of well priced grease. I once went here on the way to a long weekend of canyoning after being ill for a few days and their burger completely cured me.


Royal Family Hotel: (8/10)
163 Windsor Street, Richmond — (02) 4578 1011

Large wooden tables, perfect for a large group, and massive meals. The scotch fillet comes highly recommended and they’re not precious about dress codes.

Macquarie Pizza Place: (6/10)
144 Windsor Street, Richmond — (02) 4578 3686

Late night option which is open until 11pm Sunday to Thurday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Tandoori Village: (8/10)
16-24 East Market Street, Richmond — (02) 4578 7788

A nice alternative to a pub. Very acceptable Indian and not too fussed by attire. Air-conditioning can be a bit overpowering.

Aldo’s: (6/10)
296 Windsor Street, Richmond — (02) 4578 1525

Fully licensed pizza and pasta place. Very big servings and not fazed by what you’re wearing.


Macquarie Arms Hotel: (8/10)
99 George Street, Windsor — (02) 4577 2206

Good grub, if a little pricey. Allegedly home to the world’s best mushroom sauce with the Sunday roast. Nice spot to sit outside with a beer on a warm evening.

The Grill On George: (8/10)
2/72 George Street, Windsor — (02) 4587 9347

Great burgers that can cure even the most intense hunger. Open until 9pm.

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