24 Hour Foodie Tour
One of the best things about travelling to new destinations is experiencing the local culinary offerings. In Bathurst, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the diverse array of cafes, bars and restaurants that this country town offers. Here's our pick of where to go (and what to eat) when you find yourself hungry in Bathurst.
Coffee at Moubar Vintage
Proof to the adage that good things come in small packages, this petite blue and white 1950s caravan serves up some of the region’s best coffee. You’ll find them in the Church Bar car park from 6.30am to 11.30am every day except Sunday. They also serve up pretty delectable breakfast options like butterflied pork sausage on Brioche buns and pancakes with locally made Bellaza ice cream and toasted crumble.
Pastries at Legall Patisserie cafe
After wandering the charming and historic streets of Bathurst, pop into this café making authentic - and dangerously good - French pastries, pies and bread. Pastry chef and owner Philippe Legall came to Bathurst over 30 years ago from the South of France, and locals will insist you can’t leave without trying one of his famous lemon tarts. He runs this charming café with wife Angele and son Gwenael, who is following in his father’s footsteps and works here as a pastry chef. If citrus isn’t your thing try a chocolate choux or flaky croissant. After recharging, perhaps a walk along the Macquarie River is in order to work up an appetite before lunch!
Lunch at The Hub Espresso Bar and Eatery
A favourite of locals and visitors alike, The Hub serves up meals to keep everyone happy, from the kombucha-swilling yogi to those who won’t settle for anything less than double bacon for brunch. You could go for a Buddha Bowl stuffed full of goodness: brown rice, edamame, kale, avocado, and beetroot with tofu, followed by an Instagram-worthy turmeric or beetroot latte. Or, throw the caution to the wind and order the BLT baguette with dangerously more-ish Trunkey Bacon (from nearby Orange) and aioli washed down with The Hub’s signature coffee, a double ristretto latte, three quarters full. Sit in the leaf covered al fresco dining area and enjoy your meal in the dappled winter sunlight, or cosy up by the fire.
Afternoon tea at Bake Table and Tea
After a tour of some of the historic homes, or a wander through the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, meander over to Bake Table and Tea for a pot of tea (choose from 33 loose leaf options) and arguably the town’s best scones, served with jam, house churned butter and local fresh cream. There are gluten free options too. After tea, potter around the store stocked with kitchenwares and gifts.
Dinner at Two Heads Brewing
It’s fitting that the idea for this brewery came up over a few cold beers shared between brothers Cam and Greg Hedley. They produce a range of beers right here in Bathurst. Their core range is available year round (try the ‘Paleface Pale Ale’ a blend of Aussie and Kiwi hops with hints of pine and stone fruit) or seasonal special brews with interesting flavourings like feijoa. The menu is small but well considered – and of course all pairs well with a cold drink or two. Start with ridiculously more-ish snack food like Vietnamese fried chicken wings with chilli, scallion, sesame seeds and lime and progress to more substantial meals including Hoisin and sesame lamb ribs. Vegetarians are also well catered with a number of tofu and vegetable dishes. Not a fan of hops? The wine list is strong and showcases almost exclusively local drops.
Cocktails at Dogwood BX
A slice of Americana in regional New South Wales? You bet. Just because you leave the big smoke, doesn’t mean you should have to settle for any less than the best. Owner and bartender Evan Stanley has worked in some of Australia’s top cocktail bars and serves up well-balanced cocktails that will make you say ‘just one more’ - several times over. Try the elegant ‘Dogwood Blossom’ with citron vodka, elderflower liquor and white wine or the totally indulgent ‘PB & J Jamo’ – Reese’s Peanut Butter Infused Jameson, Benedictine, vanilla and an egg. Don’t knock it until you try it.