Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Merino Cafe, Gunning

Another glorious in the country - and more tripping around the countryside, this time out to Gunning, NSW. It was a glorious day (a little cool - but lots of blue sky and sunshine) so perfect to get out and about - and take the time to go back to a great little cafe.

I'm not fond of pink - so at first glance I might hesitate to go in, just in case it was more doilie's and tea (I like both these things - but prefer a good coffee in the morning), but stepping inside it's warm & earthy and relaxed. A courtyard out the back and seating out on the main street just meant you could find somewhere perfect to sit no matter what the weather. Oh, and the main street of Gunning is both quiet and pretty - you can stand in the middle to take a photo (which I did) and sit out the front to enjoy the sun (we did this too). The selection of homemade treats meant it wasn't just a coffee stop. Next time will be lunch!

Merino Cafe
Yass St

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Barney's of Bookham

During the recent summer holidays, whilst staying down in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, we decided to do a bit of a drive around - just for the fun of it. The general idea was to head to Yass and back.

Cafes & coffee being an all important requirement for any outing - I did a bit of research and came up with our destination for lunch. Bookham. Beyond Yass - but not far, and just for something different.

There's not much at Bookham - in fact, it's a whistlestop - a small town and rest spot off the highway - and even has a cattle grid on the way in and out of town. The two things that got me to make it our destination were the old machinery yard (rusty tractors and the like) and the diner.

So here it is. Barney's of Bookham.
A diner-cafe - with great food and renowned for it's pies.
You can stock up on jams, spreads, and other tasty treats.
We had lunch, and then a coffee & sweet treat . . . and followed that with a walk up the road - on the road - no traffic. (Couldn't actually walk around the old machinery - no tresspassing and a big fence, but could take pictures - there's something fab about rusting old farm machinery sitting in paddocks.)
Then headed home.

If you're travelling past it's an easy stop and worth a visit.

Barney's of Bookham
Fagan Drive
(just off the Hume Highway between Yass & Gundagai)
Bookham, NSW 2582