The Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant is located in Gladesville within a beautiful sandstone building. Dating back to the 1830s and classified by the National Trust, "Rockend" is where A.B.'Banjo' Paterson (Australian poet, writer) lived as a young man with his grandmother.
Apart from residing inside a piece of Australian Colonial history and being situated on 5 acres of waterside parkland, this restaurant serves really good modern Australian food. There are also private rooms of varying sizes - perfect for functions - as well as several fireplaces. A bonus for winter. Little bits of character and history are found all around the restaurant.
With views over the Parramatta River and surrounding parklands, we enjoyed our lunch in this charming sandstone cottage. It oozes character, the décor is warm, as is the service.
The decor aligns perfectly with the Cottage history
The kids' menu has heaps of choices (8), comes with a dessert and a drink at $30. My son went with the Spinach Gnocchi and they were really good, kid-friendly and tasty. Served with a salad, it more than enough for a hungry kid.
The kids Gnocchi are quite large and a decent serving for hungry kids
We started with the Hiramassa King Fish Carpaccio with Celery Jelly, Summer Leaves, Red Radish, Cucumber, Soft Egg with Champagne Dressing (GF). The presentation was tops but a little more dressing would have been nice. The highlight was the Celery Jelly, amazing little things they were.
The menu changes twice yearly, Entree prices are mainly in the $20's, Mains in the $40s, Sides in the teens. Opening hours are Lunch Tues to Fri & Sun - opens at 12pm and Dinner Tues to Sat - opens at 6:30pm
make sure you have a wander downstairs, lots of history down there
I've been there many times. Very good food. The place can be very busy on the weekend, so make sure you make a reservation if you're planning to visit. You can walk around to the backyard, there is a very nice grass area looking out the river.