One of the best parts of travel has to be experiencing the flavours of local cuisine. Bathurst is a melting pot of culinary styles and types so finding something to satisfy your appetite is not difficult at all.
The town's main streets are home to some locally-famous institutions like Church Bar, a one-time Anglican school house turned modern day place of worship for for pizza and cocktails, and Legall Patisserie, where the pastries are so legendary they are known to often sell out before 9am.
Other favourites include local pubs like Kings Hotel, Italian wine bar Vine & Tap and Mediterranean pick, Maalouf's, for the best tabbouleh and hummus outside of Lebanon.
Head to one of Bathurst’s original hotels for a casual meal in a laid back atmosphere. Feast on fresh seafood platters, braised lamb shanks or sirloin steak at The King's Table. It’s a great spot for families and even has a Kid’s Castle for the youngest family members.
Surrounded by the historic Brook Moore Centre, this Italian bar and restaurant plates up Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist and has the best spritz in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy a glass of local wine in the piazza or feast on antipasto, pizza and delicious share plates.
Romance is always in the air at Cobblestone Lane, who use the freshest ingredients from local sources to create a European-inspired menu and showcase the region’s best cool climate varietals with a predominantly local wine list.
Enjoy a mouth watering selection of Chinese food in the comfort of Lo's Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant, located opposite King's Parade next door to Annie's Ice Cream. Select from an extensive and authentic menu range or simply drop in for the lunch time buffet.
Only an hour from Bathurst, Iconic Jenolan Caves House was designed in 1897 by Walter Liberty Vernon as a retreat for the wealthy landowners of NSW. At Caves House, Vernon's design included an enormous grand dining room, completed in 1924, which is now our magnificent Chisholm's Grand Dining Room.
Chisolm’s is one of Australia's two remaining 'grand dining rooms', and dining in Chisolm’s is one of the many 'must do' experiences whilst staying here at Jenolan Caves. The ambiance and historical significance of the room is an experience in itself, and when matched with the Executive Chef’s menu, is the perfect end to a long day of exploring the Caves precinct.
Chisolm’s is ideal for large groups and intimate family get-togethers. There is nothing quite as special as a romantic dinner for 2 by the open fire place.
Breakfast - full buffet daily 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Lunch - full buffet (Grand Dining Room Carvery) weekends noon to 2 pm
Dinner - (bookings are essential) daily 6:00 pm to 9 pm (5:30 pm to 9 pm on Saturdays)
Get your Mediterranean fix in country Australia at Maalouf’s with a range of fresh, healthy and tasty dishes to enjoy from zesty tabouli, Fattoush salads, smoky hummus and labneh dips, or plates of kafta and Shawarma.
Enjoy live music and a hearty feed at the Bathurst Golf Club. Their menu includes woodfire pizza, delicious burgers, juicy steaks and pasta. They are open for lunch and dinner, and a kid’s menu is also available.
Let the streets of Vietnam entice you at this hidden gem tucked behind the Bathurst Chase Plaza. Anam is the place to go to for pho (beef noodle soup), or try one of the rice dishes, popular soups or specialty dishes.
A casual restaurant and bar serving the best pizza in town. You can choose from the menu inspired by the town’s heritage such as the Panorama with slow cooked lamb shanks and baby spinach, or the Keppel with pumpkin, sweet potato and caramelised onion. Thirsty? Church Bar’s cocktail list is one to keep an eye out for. Enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace or outside in the leafy courtyard.
This long established café is a great spot to stop by when wandering around the streets of Bathurst or when visiting Machattie Park which is just across the road. They have delicious breakfast options and hearty meals available for lunch.
Piccolo’s are known for their creative coffee artwork - will it be a cute teddy bear or elegant swan that you find sitting on top of your latte? Stop by for breakfast or lunch at this contemporary café, which also offers gluten-free options.
Inspired by the streets of Paris, Legall Patisserie have perfected the art of pastry making with an extensive selection of sweet and savoury pastries such as lemon tarts, chocolate eclairs, croissants, crème brulee, quiches and homemade pies. Our tip: stop in here early as the pastry cabinet is known to empty out quickly.
If you’re after the ultimate farm to table experience, look no further than the Bathurst Wholefoods Co-Op. You can purchase boxes of fresh fruits, veggies, pots of locally made jam, preserves and honey, all supporting the local farmers and trade.
Enjoy the best scones and widest selection of tea in Bathurst and then wander through the store to peruse a wide range of homewares and accessories.
Nestled in an historic Victorian building, this café has an extensive selection of cakes, sweet pastries, along with an appetising breakfast and lunch menu.
Locals love this ice cream parlour, decked out in bright pink décor and retro memorabilia. Enjoy a serve of signature flavours including Sofala Gold and Bridle Track, which are inspired by the Bathurst region.