To Bilpin and the High Hopes Roadhouse

Last week Alison Chamberlain and I took ourselves off to Bilpin and the High Hopes Roadhouse for lunch. The bell birds rang out and a chook pecked at the lavender as we pulled off the Bells line of Road.

Sean Moran (Sean's Panaroma, Bondi) and partner Michael "Manoo" Robertson opened this Blue Mountains roadhouse a month ago and it has everything a country diner should. Warm and local service - young Mitch started a week ago - a warmer fireplace, and home-style food showcasing beautiful produce from the owners' Bilpin farm.

"It's got a lot of charm," says Moran, who painted the High Hopes signage himself.

Alison had the farm-grown cavolo nero with a steak and egg dish, I had Cauliflower and Mac cheese, with a salad ... we got a friendly nudge from Sean to clean up the two remaining leaves. There's also chipolatas served with onion gravy and peas, pumpkin soup with fresh horseradish, and apple pie from a self-taught baker down the road."

We bought two to go...

This is so worth the trip, not just great food  but the place oozes real warmth and natural hospitality.

High Hopes is open daily for drop-in visits. "We have to be open daily, we're a roadhouse," says Moran.

2588 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin.


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