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The Best Pie Shops in the Blue Mountains

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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
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Published June 15th 2017
Nothing Beats a Pie and a View
Hominy Bakery Pie, Blue Mountains Pie, Three Sisters Pie, Jade Jackson Photography
Tender beef pie from Hominy Bakery, Katoomba. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.

Pies are perfect for a quick lunch under $10.

No road trip is complete without a lunch stop for a golden flaky pie from a small-town bakery. The Blue Mountains has some legendary pie shops and the hardest decision will be, how many is acceptable on a cheat day? Luckily each pie shop is close to a bushwalk.

Schwarz Bakery, Meat Pie, Wentworth Falls Pie, Jade Jackson Photography
Meat pie from Bakery Schwarz in Wentworth Falls.

If you're driving from Sydney, the first bakery worth stopping at is the Bakehouse Gourmet Pies in Glenbrook; however they were sold out of all pies when I visited, and the Springwood store had sold out of all meat pies. Surely a good sign although frustrating.

Bakehouse Glenbrook, Jade Jackson Photography
Bakehouse Gourmet Pies in Glenbrook.

A sausage roll ($4.70) from Bakehouse Gourmet Pies was massive, had golden, crispy pastry throughout and the filling had a hint of herbs. There's a nice park, with play equipment opposite the Bakehouse or they offer shared seating inside.

Don't confuse the nearby Glenbrook Village Bakehouse with the Bakehouse Gourmet Pies or you'll be disappointed.

Sausage Roll Bakehouse Pies Glenbrook, Jade Jackson Photography, Blue Mountains Sausage Roll
Sausage roll from Bakehouse Pies in Glenbrook.

The pumpkin, fetta and lentil pie ($6.85) from the Bakehouse on Wentworth in Springwood was certainly the biggest sized pie I tried. The pastry twists on top (which tasted like sourdough), made it filling and the inside was hearty, with a slight curried taste. The ingredients worked well together, although the base was a little floppy.

Bakehouse on Wentworth pies are baked in Blackheath daily and can be found in Glenbrook, Springwood and Leura. I suggest visiting earlier in the day to avoid disappointment.

Pumpkin, feta & lentil pie Bakehouse, Bakehouse Pies Springwood, Jade Jackson Photography
Pumpkin, fetta and lentil pie from Bakehouse on Wentworth, Springwood.

Lawson Cake Shop is a classic old-school bakery with neenish tarts, vanilla slices, pineapple tarts and rock cakes. They have a good selection of dessert and savoury pies ($4.00) and a sandwich bar which can be handy for a bushwalk picnic lunch.

Their steak pie ($4.00) had flaky puff pastry throughout and whilst not necessarily fancy, there's something nostalgic about their pies. There's a balcony with seats out the back of the shop.

Lawson Cake Shop, Pie Shop Lawson, Jade Jackson Photography
Steak pie from Lawson Cake shop.

Bakery Patisserie Schwarz, better known as 'Schwarz's' in Wentworth Falls is highly addictive. It's a traditional German bakery with sesame pretzels, crusty bread rolls and poppy-seed danishes - but their pies are extraordinary.

Beef and Mushroom Pie, Schwarz's Bakery, Jade Jackson Photography, Blue Mountains Pie
Beef and mushroom pie from Schwarz's Bakery in Wentworth Falls.

Their steak and mushroom pie ($4.60) had tender chunks of slow-cooked beef, thin slices of button mushrooms and rich homemade gravy stuffed into a crisp, buttery pastry that was solid enough to eat with one hand.

Bakery Schwarz Wentworth Falls, Wentworth Falls Pie Shop, Blue Mountains Pies, Jade Jackson Photography
Pie menu from Bakery Schwartz, Wentworth Falls.

Their minced beef pie ($4.20) was more of a bolognese beef with a hint of tomato meaning it didn't need any tomato sauce on top. At under $5 each, their pies are well priced and delicious.

Grab a pie and a pastry from Schwarz's and then head to nearby Wentworth Falls Lake for a picturesque place to scoff your pie down.

Minced beef pie, Schwarz's, Blue Mountains Pies, Jade Jackson Photography
Minced beef pie from Schwarz's Bakery, Wentworth Falls.

Mountain High Pies also in Wentworth Falls, is a popular stop for day trippers with a huge choice of sweet, savoury and vegetarian pies and plenty of seating.

Their pies range from $5 to $7 each (click here for the menu) and you can add a scoop of mashed potato, mashed pumpkin, peas and gravy for only $3.50 turning a snack into a filling meal. Pies are baked in-house and they also offer family sized pies (ranging from $17.50 to $24.50).

Mountain High Pies Wentworth Falls, Mountain High Pies, Wentworth Falls Pies, Jade Jackson Photography
Mountain High Pies in Wentworth Falls has a huge range and plenty of seating.

Hominy Bakery in Katoomba is famous for their sourdough bread but their pies are uniquely scrumptious. I ate the tender beef pie ($5.90) which featured a pie top so crisp, it crackled and was filled with huge pieces of slow-cooked beef. The gravy had a vague hint of spice which was intriguing but it was the crunchy pastry that was the real winner.

Hominy Bakery in Katoomba has excellent pies.

Piccolo Cafe in Mt Victoria is a surprising little find on the way to Mt Wilson. They offer a selection of homemade gourmet pies, pasties and sausage rolls. I tried their chicken and Camembert pie ($6) and pork and fennel sausage roll ($5). Both had firm pastry, and the pie included tender chunks of white chicken.

It's a small cafe and they do have seating, but if you get takeaway, about ten minutes drive along the road to Bell, there is a nice view and easy parking.

Chicken and Camembert pie, Mt Victoria, Jade Jackson Photography
Chicken and Camembert pie from Piccolo Cafe, Mt Victoria.

There are multiple roadside stores in Bilpin advertising pies but Pie in the Sky (about 15 minutes past the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens) has freshly-baked pies coming out of the oven throughout the day which is the first thing you'll smell when you walk in. It's futile to resist.

Pie in the Sky, Apple Pie, Bilpin Apple Pie, Pies from Bilpin, Blue Mountains Pies, Best Pie Blue Mountains, Jade Jackson Photography
Apple Pie from Pie in the Sky in Bilpin.

Bilpin, being famous for apples, I tried the family size apple pie ($12.00) and it did not disappoint. The apples were chunky and were lightly cooked to retain a little bit of crispness. The pie was tart with a mellow sweetness and the pastry snapped and crinkled with each bite. The sugar on top, caramelised when re-heated in the oven. Add a big scoop of creamy vanilla ice-cream to warm apple pie and it's as if wintery nights were made for this.

Overall, there are some outstanding pies in the Blue Mountains, each with their own standout feature but my favourite would be 'Schwarz's', in Wentworth Falls for their rich, home-style baked goods, reasonable prices and pies so delicious, I'm craving one just thinking about them.

Further Information
There are other bakeries in the mountains but all of the places listed below, specialise in pies.

Bakehouse Gourmet Pies 3/31 Park St Glenbrook P: 02 4739 2288 Open Mon-Fri 7am-5:30pm, Sat 7am-4pm and Sun 7:30am-4:30pm

- 226 Macquarie Road Springwood P: 02 4751 578 Open Mon-Fri 6:30am-5:30pm, Sat 7am-4pm and Sun 7:30am-4pm.

- 208 The Mall Leura P: 02 4784 3588 Open Mon-Sat 7am-5pm and Sun 7:30-4pm.

- 105 Wentworth Street Blackheath P: 02 4787 7255 Open Mon-Sat 7am-5pm and Sun 7:30am-4pm

Lawson Cake Shop (no website)~302 Great Western Highway Lawson P: 02 4759 1546 Open Mon-Fri 5:30am-4:30pm and Sat-Sun 7:30am-1:30pm. CASH ONLY

Bakery Patisserie Schwarz Shop 1 & 2, 30 Station St Wentworth Falls P: 02 4757 3300 Open 7 days 7:30am-5:30pm CASH ONLY

Mountain High Pies 293 Great Western Highway Wentworth Falls
P: 02 4757 3737 Open 7 days 6am to 4pm

Hominy Bakery 185 Katoomba Street Katoomba P: 02 4782 9816 Open 7 days 6am-5:30pm

Piccolo Deli Cafe (no website or phone) 30 Station Street Mt Victoria Open 7 days 10am-4pm CASH ONLY

Pie in the Sky 1858 Bells Line of Road Bilpin P: 02 45678921 Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Sunday 9:30am-6:30pm

Pie from the Pines Orchard cafe Bilpin, Jade Jackson Photography
Meat pie at the Pines Orchard Cafe Bilpin.
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Why? Pies are a cheap and tasty lunch
When: Schwarz's is open Daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm
Phone: (02) 4757 3300
Where: Shop 1 & 2, 30 Station Street Wentworth Falls
Cost: Average pie price is around $4.50
Your Comment
Thanks for this article Jade. I am a huge fan of pies and these flaky ones look so enticing.
by Diana (score: 2|719) 1931 days ago
Excellent article! Very informative
by Mirei (score: 0|2) 1934 days ago
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