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The Tin Shed: (9/10)
69 Bridge Street, Lithgow — (02) 6352 1740
Good spot for dinner on your way through on a Friday night. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday with live music, woodfired pizzas and homestyle mains. Breakfast and coffee from 6.30am weekdays and 8am weekends.
The Blue Fox Bar + Kitchen: (9/10)
277 Main St, Lithgow — (02) 6352 1259
Recently opened, this terrific little bar and restaurant come complete with pleasant beer garden. It can get pretty full, and the food options are slightly more expensive, but it’s perfect if you want to enjoy a post trip cocktail. Great service, even if you are a little stinky.
Secret Creek Cafe: (7/10)
35 Crane Road, Lithgow — (02) 6352 1133
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 organic, vegan, and use lots of local produce.
3 Tank Street, Lithgow — (02) 6350 7777
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.
Papadino’s Pizza: (7/10)
65 Main Street, Lithgow — (02) 6353 1455
Who can say no to a pizza after a hard day in the bush. Friendly owners who are not opposed 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.
Grand Central Hotel: (1/10)
69 Main Street, Lithgow — (02) 6352 5954
You can judge a pub by its chicken parmi, and this place served up a chicken nugget with some tomato paste. Friendly locals-only pub with quick service, but the food is woeful.
Corner Great Western Highway & Main Street, Lithgow — (02) 6352 3117
Quick and filling Mexican takeaway open until 10pm every night. Next to Maccas.
Corner Great Western Highway & Main Street, Lithgow
A good, central meeting place that is open 24 hours for when your trips run into the wee hours.
2360 Great Western Highway, Hartley — (02) 6355 2056
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 okay, but you can get better in the mountains. Good vegetarian options.
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