No Canberra Breakfast Project post this week as I was at home for the weekend. I had planned to try and go out early one morning during the week for breakfast before work but you know, sleep. Anyway I thought instead I would share my tips for a foodie weekend in Millthorpe, NSW.
Millthorpe is about three hours from Canberra and also three hours from Sydney and the perfect weekend get-away. I lived ten minutes from Millthorpe when I was growing up and remember it being a sleepy old village but now it is bustling with life (so much so we struggled to get a park on Saturday afternoon). There is definitely enough food (and wine) options to justify going there for a weekend.
Let’s assume you travel down on Friday afternoon/evening after work – grab some food on your way and make it in time to settle in for the night before you start your weekend of eating on Saturday. There are fair few accommodation options if you want to stay in town or for something different stay on a truffle farm a little way out of town (I can vouch for the delightfulness of the owners). A link for accommodation options is here.
After a little sleep in pop down to the Millthorpe Providore, only recently opened, and treat yourself to a breakfast featuring local produce. The coffee is divine, Bills Beans from Orange are used, and just to add to the local atmosphere I went to school with the barista Ben. I have to admit I haven’t sampled it but the Trunkey Creek breakfast sandwich sounds amazing and features locally sourced produce. There is also a range of pastries available if that is more your thing. The Providore has a selection of local cheese, meats, dips and sauces as well as some produce from more exotic locations (yes, I paid $9.50 for water from Norway but I had to have the bottle – don’t worry the actual food on offer is very reasonably priced). Mornings in Millthorpe should be slow so why not order another cup of coffee sit up at the breakfast bench and watch the locals go by.
After that delicious breakfast a walk around the town to familiarise yourself and learn a little about the history is in order and this may be the last chance you have before you are too full to consider walking anywhere. There is a handy little map outlining two heritage walks that you can do here. After your walk you can reward yourself with some shopping!! Millthorpe has some great little boutiques, my personal favourite is Tomolly but there are antique stores, art stores, craft shops and so on.
After you wander around for a little while you will have probably worked up an appetite so head up to the Commercial Hotel (Gerry’s) for lunch. Their lamb burger has been named as the best pub burger in NSW by Good Food, I tried it out last weekend and it was pretty good, the beetroot relish in particular was delightful as were the sweet potato chips.
After lunch is probably a good time for some wine tasting! You have a few options here but considering the size of Millthorpe and if you are staying in town you can easily make it to all of them. Personally I would start at Angullong as it is next to the Commercial Hotel, than move to Bantry Grove and squeeze in a cheese platter with a glass of wine (surely there is a little bit of room after that hamburger by now), before heading to the Millthorpe Wine Centre to test out two other local wine labels.
Now you might want to go back to your accommodation for a nap after all that wine or maybe a drink with the locals is more on the cards? Head to the bowling club for some afternoon beers and maybe a quick game of bowls or for a quiet drink in the afternoon sun you can go to the Railway Hotel. After this head home and get changed because it is time for dinner.
Now it is time for dinner at Tonic, I would book ahead to be safe. Tonic is a one hatted restaurant and where Brendan spent many years washing plates in high school. The food is scrumptious and well priced for the quality that is on offer. The fish is generally a winner for Brendan and I always go for the beef. Brendan would cry if you didn’t get the soufflé for dessert. Wash it down with a Brangayne, Sauvignon Blanc from the region and somehow manage to roll home.
For breakfast on Sunday head to the Old Mill Cafe, it can get particularly busy here so you may want to book ahead. The pancakes are out of this world – however be warned they are more like a sponge cake than a pancake and as Stacey is a pastry chef it would be a shame to fill up on a sweet breakfast and not have room for cake. I highly recommend the bircher museli followed by the lemon meringue pie, I am literally salivating about it as I sit here typing. Brendan’s dad sometimes brings one with him when he comes to visit and it makes me love him a little bit more.
Before your trip ends head over to Galvanised and pick up some old school lollies to eat in the car on the way home.