When driving through Kurranjong Heights, we were looking for a place for morning tea, and called out to a local from the car for a suggestion. That's how we discovered the fabulous Lochiel House on Bells Line of Road.
Jessica, the owner, was warm and friendly, matching the charm of the 1825 heritage listed cottage, complete with cosy fireplace. Initially we were only going to have a quick bite there and then complete our drive through the forest finishing at Bilpin for lunch. However when we were making our lunch choice, we found that the other local options just couldn't match the experience or food choice that we were had at Lochiel House, so we decided to return back the same day for lunch, much to Jessica's delight.
It was a perfect winter's sunny day so we sat outside in their courtyard, sufficiently sheltered from the noise of the main road, with a relaxing setting overlooking the garden.
The food was delightful - a combination of locally grown food, including their own vegetable garden fare. The menu may be limited, however the choice of modern European cuisine is delightful. For main course we chose prawns, smoked salmon, kingfish, prawn bisque & Lyonnaise aioli and beef three ways; beef cheek cottage pie, hanger steak, bone marrow, spinach puree & sprouts. Both were delicious and well presented, making the meal a real occasion. The desserts were amazing - pecan, banana, caramel & peanut butter ice-cream and The second one was Zokoko chocolate fondant, dehydrated chocolate mousse, milk sorbet, white chocolate soil & Chocolate cremeux. Absolutely gorgeous.
Besides lunch and dinner, Lochiel House offers an all day brunch menu from Thursday through to Saturday. Afternoon tea is also available until 4:30pm. Well worth a visit when getting out of Sydney!