Sydney Field Trip: Eating My Way Through Bowral Part 1

Boyfriend and I have grandparent tendencies. Like Sunday drives and weekends in the country. Last week I told a lady from work that I love watching Escape to the Country and she called me a nanna.

What? I like country houses.  Give me a break.

This weekend we took a mini getaway to Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands.

We set off early Saturday morning and spent almost the entire weekend eating.

Our first lunch (yes, first) was at the award winning Gumnut Patisserie. We enjoyed a beef and potato pie and a sausage roll, which we forgot to photograph.

After we’d refueled, we walked up and down the main street of Bowral. We had a lot of fun exploring the stores, particularly RAW & WILD Market & Cafe. This an awesome little grocery store with a cafe attached.


Fresh fruit and flowers

DIY Muesli

DIY Flour and DIY Peanut Butter

Later that day, we were hungry again so strolled again looking for a nice cafe to have a second lunch.  I felt like soup and Boyfriend felt like a sandwich. We walked around until we found a cafe that fit the brief.

The cafe we settled on was Elephant Boy. Elephant Boy has an extremely detailed interior – the walls lined with vintage books, kitschy knick-knacks and vintage sporting memorabilia. It is cute and cosy and we ordered potato and leek soup and a chicken sandwich. It was good, but not amazing and a tiny bit overpriced. Sadly a few of the things on our sandwich were missing.

Elephant Boy Cafe

Elephant Boy Cafe

Elephant Boy Cafe

Potato and Leek Soup, Elephant Boy Cafe

Chicken Sandwich, Elephant Boy Cafe

After this we checked into our hotel, The Gibraltar Hotel, and took a break from eating to walk around the beautiful grounds.  Well, technically the golf course but it was such a windy day that no one was playing anyway.

We stopped in at the hotel bar, Harvey’s Bar for a pre-dinner drink and a snack of croquettes. I had a Pink Lady Cider which was delicious! The croquettes were bigger than we were expecting, cheesy and flavoursome.

Our final meal of the day, was dinner at BD’s Pizza. The pizza was jammed packed with toppings – no boring bits – and was very tasty. Service was friendly and our pizza arrived quite quickly.

All in all it was a very fulfilling, relaxing and food-filled day. The best kind of day of all.

To find out what we ate on Day 2, and to read about the Bowral Farmers Markets and the cute country town of Berrima, click here!