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Alchemy – Hartley ( 2.5 star)
Wood-fired pizza place in Hartley open until 9pm. Easy access on the highway, no issues with dress code. Good for when you’re running too late to get food further up. Pizza is ok – but you can get better in the mountains. Good vegetarian options.
(02) 6355 2056 – 2360 Great Western Hwy
Busy Corner Milk Bar – Lithgow
A great little shop that has operated in the same spot for more than half a century. Good takeaway food, cheap prices, friendly service. Where else can you get a burger and chips for $6!
(02) 6351 3270 – 52 Main Street
Grand Central Hotel – Lithgow
You can judge a pub by its chicken parmi, and this place serves up a nugget with some tomato paste. Friendly locals-only pub with quick service, but the food is woeful. (A meal here was the inspiration for this guide).
(02) 6352 5954 – 69 Main Street
Papadino’s Pizza – Lithgow
Who can say no to a pizza after a hard day in the bush. Friendly owners who are not apposed to serving stinky, scratched-up canyoners. Old-school record player and collection of 60’s, 70’s & 80’s records. Eat-in or take away. Can be a little slow when busy so ring ahead if in a hurry.
(02) 6353 1455 – 65 Main Street
Secret Creek Cafe – Lithgow
Situated in a wildlife sanctuary out the back of town, it has a nice ambience and good coffee. While the meals are expensive, they look great and all organic, free range, and use lots of local produce. It’s turned vegan.
(02) 6352 1133 – 35 Crane Road
Workies – Lithgow
Good food, including a ‘cook your own steak’ style bistro. Not too perturbed by smelly dirty canyoners and a little more relaxed on the whole dress code thing than most clubs.
(02) 6350 7777 – 3 Tank Street
The Lithgow Tin Shed – Lithgow (4.5 star)
Good spot for dinner on your way through on a Friday night. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday with live music – wood fired pizzas and homestyle mains. Breakfast and coffee from 6.30am weekdays and 8am weekends.
(02) 6352 1740 – 69 Bridge St
McDonalds – Lithgow
No beer and terrible food, but it is a good meeting place and is open 24 hours for when your trips run into the wee hours.
Cnr Great Western Highway & Main Street
Zambrero’s – Lithgow (3.5 star)
Quick and filling Mexican takeaway open til 10pm every night. Next to Macca’s.
(02) 6352 3117 – Cnr Great Western Highway & Main Street
Royal Hotel – Capertee
This place brings together all the best elements of a good country pub. Great food, good prices, friendly atmosphere, and even some couches that you can chill out on after a hard day. Highly recommended!
(02) 6359 0172 – 67 Castlereagh Hwy
29 Nine 99 Yum Cha and Teahouse- Rylstone (5 star)
Seriously amazing dumplings. Worth making the drive over from Glen Davis on a rest day or if you finish early. Or any other time you are in the area. Friendly to dirty canyoners. Call ahead when you get reception if you’ve got a bigger group and they’ll set aside a table if able. Open for lunch til 3pm. Highly recommended!
(02) 6379 1984 – 28 Louee St
Saffron Kitchen – Rylstone (3.5 star)
Great spot for a dirty chai and a breakfast burger.
0407 531 520 – 47 Louee St
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