Monkey Creek Cafe – Bell
Run by the Mad Hatter, this relatively new cafe is incredibly well positioned, with great views, an environmentally friendly design and good coffee. Unfortunately it’s a bit overpriced, charging gourmet prices for what is still fairly ordinary tucker. Open Fri – Sun.
(02) 4567 2222 – 227 Chifley Road
Restaurant Tomah – Mt Tomah
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.
(02) 4567 2060 – Bells Line of Road
Apple Bar – Bilpin
Overpriced food aimed at the weekend trendies, they don’t much like stinky canyoners. I’ve twice been ushered outside, including on a very cold night, so we wouldn’t upset the more fancy clientele. Unsurprisingly we took our business elsewhere. I’ve had some feedback from a couple people who disagree with me.
(02) 4567 0335 – 2488 Bells Line of Road
Cottage Orchard Caffe – Bilpin
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. Often the last shop open on Bells.
(02) 4567 2193 – 3158 Bells Line of Road
Kurrajong Heights Hotel
The City View Bistro serves generous sized reasonably priced meals. Service isn’t always quick but gives you the chance to enjoy a beer and the sparkling lights of Sydney. Very canyoner friendly.
(02) 4567 7140 – 1349 Bells Line of Road
Thai Lai Krarm – North Richmond
Well priced, delicious food. Thai mains for $12.50. Great service, even when you work up in filthy clothes and with leech bloodied feet!
(02) 4571 3654 – 4 / 30 Bells Line of Road
The Bakehouse – North Richmond
Great meeting place, but after two bouts of food poisoning from their pies I prefer to buy from My Dad’s Bakery 50m away in the shopping centre. Both have a good selection of pastries. Open early.
(02) 4571 1545 – 6/35 Bells Line of Road
My Dad’s Bakery – North Richmond
A reasonably good bakery, with everything you need for a quick breakfast on the drive through.
(02) 4571 1661 – Shop 12 / 21 Bells Line of Road
Redskins Burger Hut – 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.
Shop 1&2 / 21 Bells Line of Road
Royal Family Hotel – Richmond
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.
(02) 4578 1011 – 163 Windsor Street
Macquarie Pizza Place – Richmond
Late night option on Windsor St. Open until 11pm Sunday to Thurday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
(02) 4578 3686 – 144 Windsor Street
Tandoori Village – Richmond
A nice alternative to a pub. Very acceptable Indian and not too fussed by attire. Air-conditioning can be a bit overpowering.
(02) 4578 7788 – 16 – 24 East Market Street
Aldo’s – Richmond
Fully licensed pizza and pasta place. Very big servings and not fazed by what you’re wearing.
(02) 4578 1525 – 296 Windsor Street
McDonalds – Richmond
No beer and bad food, but a good meeting place, open late, and you couldn’t look / smell any worse than their usual clientele.
Cnr East Market St & March Streets
Macquarie Arms Hotel – Windsor
Good grub, if a little pricey. Allegedly home to the world’s best mushroom sauce with the Sunday roast. The outback bakery is meant to be pretty good.
(02) 4577 2206 – 99 George Street
Wombat Cafe – Gunderman (near Wisemans Ferry)
Claims to sell Australia’s biggest burger (size options go up to the 2.4kg ‘Big Double Wombat’) as well as an epic 1.1kg bacon and egg roll. Only open weekends and public holidays.
(02) 4566 3181 – 6135 Wisemans Ferry Road
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