Apple Bar Bells Line of Road

Sometimes we need a nudge to try something new. My inkling was to drive straight through: Mudgee to Sydney. When my food friends suggested I should drop by (the not so new but new to me) Apple Bar on my way back I knew I should make a pit stop. Because, these are not just any food friends, but well known industry food media professionals. When I posted my Apple Bar check in on facebook, I instantly got more thumbs ups of approval. You get the picture.

Sunday brunch was just supposed to be that. I’d have one dish. Just a small plate. But the Cajun Fried Green Tomato Stack with Woodgrilled Bacon, Green Tomato Ketchup & Coriander Yoghurt on Mixed Green Leaves was so bloody darn good that I had to order sweets: Individual Pavlova with Fresh Local Summer Fruits, Vanilla Bean Icecream, Blackberry Sorbet, Raspberry Coulis & Cream. Sensational. I just loved the full flavours of the fresh raspberries and new season cherries and the nectarines, and the contrast of the creamy house made ice cream and the soft luscious fruitiness of the sorbet.

The menu changes daily. The weather vane says established 2005.

Michael Jaggart was in the kitchen. Claudia Karvan (and family) was at the next table.

Worth a drive, Friday to Sunday (noon until late) or Monday lunch.

Apple Bar
2488 Bells Line Of Road Bilpin NSW Australia
+ 61 2 4567 0335

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3 Responses to “Apple Bar Bells Line of Road”

  1. Holly Galbraith says:
    December 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

    So glad you stopped in on The Apple Bar in Bilpin Rebecca.
    So many people have never been or heard of that part of the Blue Mountains but in my bias opinion it is of course the best part. The Apple Bar has been there for many many years, as long as I can remember but it has had several owners and used to be called The Ivy Inn. It was very popular for homemade scones and apple pie.
    I was born and grew up in Bilpin. My family lives and runs an orchard less than 1km from The Apple Bar. They have been growing apples there for close to 40 years. There used to be a huge number of apple & fruit orchards in Bilpin but outside pressures have meant there are only a handful left. My family grow a range of apple varieties, as well as peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and pears. Once the fruit season is in full swing (after Christmas), you can visit their orchard and pick your own fruit. Its a fun & fresh thing to do and you buy directly from the farmer (my dad). They open Fri, Sat, Sun from Boxing Day http://pinecrestorchard.com.au/

  2. Eha says:
    December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    This has given me goosebumps! Both the article and Holly Galbraith’s story!! Does anyone know whether the apple orchard ‘Tarapark’, about 12 kms from Bellbird Hill towards Bilpin [on the left side going W] is still a going concern? My first marital family [Sarv] owned it from late 50s to ’70s: my father-in-law began it as a Pitt Street farming concern, but fell in love with the project and we were regarded as ‘so special’ even Ag Science students from Sydney University came for tours as did the Botanical Gardens people because of a slope of acid-loving plants! Haven’t been back for so long, but my daughters were nearly raised there . . .

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      December 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for the lovely addition to the story Eha. I’m not sure on whether Tarapark is operating soon, and hope we get an update from someone. Thanks for all your support throughout the year.

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