Food lovers’ weekend in Bowral and Tulips too

On Friday night Bron and I drove to Bowral to enjoy a food lovers’ weekend. We had a special deal with Peppers Craigieburn.

I’m glad for lunch I had chips and gravy because the welcoming tasting tray was a little light on.

Chips and gravy

What it lacked in quantity it made up for in quality of flavours.

Tasting Plate Peppers

Tasting Plate Peppers

For breakfast the next morning I started with a granola parfait and a biggish breakfast.

Big breakfast Peppers

Granola parfait

Granola parfait

Big breakfast

Big breakfast

After breakfast we had a short stroll around the golf course.

For morning tea we went into Bowral and visited the Gumnut patisserie in the Grand Arcade on Bong Bong Street in Bowral

You can find it at Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/Cta14


Bron persuaded me to try a vanilla slice. Well you know how much I love a good vanilla slice (see a search result here).

Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice

This was one of the nicest vanilla slices I’ve enjoyed. The custard was light but held together well without being too gelatinous. It was also not too sweet and the vanilla taste was perfect. The pastry was thin and flaky but not too thick and flaky. The icing was a little too thick and stiffened the top surface. I long for a good old fashioned pink icing with a little passion fruit. Otherwise this one was pretty good and I can see why the Gumnut patisserie is an award winner.

Gumnut Patisserie on Urbanspoon

After morning tea we went to The Cheese Store in Bowral for the components for a picnic lunch. We planned to buy the bread from the Gumnut patisserie.

The Google map is at http://goo.gl/maps/DihEb

After getting some blue cheese, double cream brie, a fruity cheddar, a pork and pistachio terrine and duck and orange pâté we went looking for a place to eat.

We found the Jellore Lookout at http://goo.gl/maps/6FePf but it was too windy

It was so windy up there.

We kept driving and found Mount Alexandra. We set up for the picnic and enjoyed some of the best food you can have outdoors.

Mt Alexandra picnic

The pork and pistachio terrine was amazing and went well with the double cream brie on fresh bread

Picnic setting

Picnic setting

Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/virXi

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After lunch we drove to the Centennial Vineyards so Bron could buy some wine.

You can find it at Google map http://goo.gl/maps/isfIa

The local mass produced wine is from the Bong Bong label. I love the name. It’s hilarious.

Bong Bong wine

Bong Bong wine

In the afternoon we watched the AFL grand final.

The only thing on my mind was the joy of knowing Manly defeated South Sydney and the hope the Knights would defeat Easts Roosters.

We had dinner at Montfort’s Restaurant.

The dinner was quite nice. I’d rate it as worthwhile and would recommend it to anyone visiting Bowral.

I’m now the Foursquare mayor of Montfort’s 🙂

Montfort's Dining Room on Urbanspoon

Another filling breakfast was needed on Sunday morning.

Granola parfait Pepper

Granola parfait Pepper

Big breakfast Peppers

Big breakfast Peppers

After breakfast we went for a stroll around the grounds.

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There were some great trees. The Marge Simpson tree and a fallen poplar tree.

Marge Simpson tree

Marge Simpson tree

Fallen Poplar after a windy day

Fallen Poplar after a windy day

A dirty big wombat hole

A dirty big wombat hole

After we checked out we hit Bowral again for a look around and found a busker singing some tunes. We had a coffee and treat while listening.

Apple turnover

Apple turnover

This was the best apple turnover I’ve ever eaten and I’ve eaten quite a few in my time. The cream was fresh and the apple perfectly cooked. It was amazing.

After morning tea we drove back to Canberra and stopped at Tulip Top Gardens.

Check them out at Google map http://goo.gl/maps/d7u7i

The Tulip Top Gardens charge a $13 entry and for that you also get a sausage in a piece of bread.

When we arrived the line was too long and stayed that way for the next couple of hours.

We had some left over cheese and meat from the day before.

Tulip Top Gardens picnic lunch of blue cheese, double cream brie, fruity cheddar, pork and pistachio terrine and duck and orange pâté with fresh bread

Tulip Top Gardens picnic lunch of blue cheese, double cream brie, fruity cheddar, pork and pistachio terrine and duck and orange pâté with fresh bread

Then we walked around the gardens. take a look through the slideshow of images.

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After a fabulous weekend of fabulous food I made myself a bacon and cheese omelet.

Bacon an cheese omelet

Bacon an cheese omelet

It’s been a great weekend. Peppers Craigieburn is very worthwhile in terms of a weekend away. The food lovers’ package is pretty good. The weather was fantastic and the food better. The best part of the weekend was of course Bron’s company on a fabulous little break.

Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/GqJfZ

Final comments on Montfort’s Dining Room

The meals were all of a high standard and very enjoyable. The breakfast was an enhanced buffet experience but much nicer than most metropolitan hotel experiences.

The tasting plate was a very nice show case of the delicate cuisine Montfort’s can deliver.

The four course meal was superb, well at least the first three courses of mushrooms, barramundi and chicken. The cheese platter was a little ordinary with a hard blue cheese and two other hard cheeses. I’d prefer at least one soft cheese plus a blue and a hard. The pear slices and strawberries were nice but some fruit paste would have been good too. My other comment would be the poached egg with the mushrooms. Served in its own container in a little water meant the yolk became watery when the white was broken. The yolk was a little undercooked.

Otherwise, this is a very worthwhile restaurant to visit and enjoy.

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8 thoughts on “Food lovers’ weekend in Bowral and Tulips too

    • From Sydney it’s an easy drive. I reckon you and your Mr will love it. It would be a nice place for littlemissmoi and her Mr to visit too 🙂

  1. The food looks great. I’m in awe of the Tulip Garden! After being away from blogging for some days, this post feels like a great welcome back! 🙂 Thanks for this fantastic tour.

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