A nice drive to Penrith, for a catch up with a couple of friends, saw me arrive at a church converted into a cosy restaurant – King Henry's Court. Stepping inside I was greeted with some very unique decor that had a very country cottage and craft feel to it.
Colourful trinkets hanging from the ceiling, lots of wall clocks, mirrors, artworks and stained glass windows had me in awe straightaway. Assisted to a table, we sat and admired our surroundings. This was a beautiful space and intimate atmosphere in which to eat.
It was a weekday and barely noon. The restaurant was already three quarters full. A couple of large groups were indulging in high teas that looked decadent. We perused the menu, trying to decide what to order from the vast number of choices in front of us. The cuisine is Modern Australian and very reasonably priced, which is why it is so popular.
With lots on offer, from pizza to salads, pasta and seafood, burgers and gourmet sandwiches, soups and curries, pot pies, steaks and mixed grill plates, we made our requests. Two of us went with the '3 courses for $20' which gave a number of choices in each course, including the ability to upgrade with extra sides.
Entrees were breads immersed in different flavours whilst mains chosen included schnitzel; fish and chips; and pie of the day, which was a pot pie of red wine beef with puff pastry. All were cooked well and fresh. I was told the beef in the pie was very tender. I'm wishing I had chosen the pie casserole as it looked really nice. I think I will just have to go back again to try that for myself.
Dessert heaven was next. Some of the cakes were on display, opposite the bar. It was a no brainer for me. I couldn't go past the Snickers Cheesecake. It looked amazing and boy was it good. My friends indulged in the Baked Ricotta Cheesecake and warm Chocolate Mud Cake. All were winners.
A quirky bar was on hand for our drinks, serving everything from beer and wine to cocktails and mocktails. As I was driving, I decided to try a mocktail called King Henry's Delight. With mixed juices, lime, raspberries and strawberries, it was a very refreshing delight served in a glass jar.
King Henry's Court is a unique experience and is open 7 days. Catering to individuals, groups and functions, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or morning and afternoon teas. Live music on Saturday nights ups the vibe.
A gift shop is also within the confines of this historic church with lovely picture frames for sale, candles, jewellery and many more sentimental and ornamental products. I especially loved the huge teddy bears perched high on a rafter.