The old roadhouse is now home to a great little bakery
A small Albany Highway roadhouse about an hour south of Perth has reinvented itself from a place people only stopped if they forgot to fill up to a popular little spot full of highly-regarded pies and pastries. It is now a must for anyone who loves a good bakery.
For many years, the Riverside Roadhouse was nothing special. It's not that the food was bad or service terrible, just there was nothing particular worth stopping there for, instead of going straight through to Perth or the fantastic bakeries in towns further south.
A pork pastie and hedgehog slice from Riverside Roadhouse, Bannister
A few months ago that all changed, - the roadhouse has really lifted its game. It has always stocked local spreads, but the addition of a bakery has turned it into a must-stop for anyone on the highway.
When you walk in you are greeted with a wall of artisan bread and some beautifully vibrant danishes on the front counter. Turn to your left and you will see why the bakery inside is incredible.
A big range of pies and pasties and a display full of homemade sweet treats have been installed in the old cafe area and boy, is it full of colour.
The Riverside Roadhouse is not just a bakery - after you have ordered your food, it is a great little spot to sit and watch the world go by too.
The Riverside Roadhouse is a nice spot to sit and relax on the road south
There is a little river next to the building and a green space to sit down to enjoy your meal. There are even some alpacas to keep the kids amused. Public toilets and a small information board on what to do in the surrounding area are also handy.
For years, the Riverside Roadhouse has been a bit of a miss. When you are competing against the excellent pies served further down the road at Williams, Kojonup and Mount Barker, it can be hard to build an audience but Riverside Roadhouse has done just that.
Riverside Roadhouse on the Albany Highway
It is well worth a stop now - the locals in the towns along the Albany Highway are certainly recommending it these days.