Winter is almost upon us and the large number of high quality cafes in Yass Valley are set to welcome in weary travellers with some delicious winter warmers. Think soups, crusty bread, handmade pies and THE best coffee.
“Yass Valley is home to around 15 cafes, and they all offer something a little different. From modern takes on coffee shops, to cafes set in picturesque and historical locations, our region’s cafes make the perfect place to fuel up when travelling through Yass Valley,” said Sean Haylan, Economic Development & Tourism Manager at Yass Valley Council.
“Whether you’re travelling between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra and Melbourne, or heading out on a day trip from Canberra, you can find quaint cafes with exceptional food right near the Federal Highway, Barton Highway or Hume Highway.
“There is always somewhere to stop off for a warming bite to eat and a hot cup of tea or coffee,” Sean continued.
The region’s main cafes lie in the towns of Bookham, Bowning, Yass, Murrumbateman, Gundaroo, Sutton and Wee Jasper. The town of Yass itself makes a wonderful place to stop and stretch the legs, the kids can have a run around and play in Coronation Park, or you might like to take the town walk to explore the region’s heritage.
Visit Yass town over winter and stop in at Kaffeine 2582 for the classic eggs benedict served with with ham, salmon or spinach topped with a house made hollandaise sauce using Grassys grass fed free range eggs. Coffee lovers will enjoy the choice of organic direct trade coffee blends roasted in Young at Art of Espresso. And for the tea drinkers, a large range of organic tea tonics are available by the pot.
Still in Yass, you can enjoy a taste of Europe with delicious home-made spiced mince or spinach and feta cheese burek at Galutzi, a coffee shop that also specialises in gourmet fresh made sandwiches.
“For something a little different, head over to Tootsie Fine Art and Design Studio, a gallery located in a beautiful 1937 Art Deco building. Their winter special is an amazing Chilli Hot Chocolate which will most definitely warm you up,” continued Sean.
For an authentic taste of the region’s history, step back in time and unwind at the Rollonin Café in Bowning, west of Yass. Set inside a charming slab hut designed and built to replicate those from Australia’s pioneering days, their wholesome winter fare includes homemade hearty soup or a baked quiche fresh out of the oven. The Devonshire Tea is also a popular choice for visitors.
Also in Bowning, visitors can stop and settle themselves by the cosy wood fire at Mayfield Mews. This place has a strong association with Australian legends Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson, as well as the first racehorse to ever win the Melbourne Cup – Archer. Winter weekend menus include hand-made gourmet pies – with varieties including duck and shitake mushroom, pale ale beef, chicken, leek and smoky bacon, or Mongolian lamb.
Over in Murrumbateman you can stop off, relax and warm up with pizzas made fresh using regional produce and artisan cheese at Win’s Creek Meadery. In addition to weekly chef’s specials, the cellar door also features hot mulled mead throughout winter.
For more information on these and other cafes of Yass Valley, along with accommodation options, visit www.yassvalley.com.au
Cafes of Yass Valley:
Barney’s at Bookham
Thyme to Taste
Trader & Co
The Village Café Murrumbateman
Win’s Creek Meadery
Cork Street Café
The Baker at Sutton
The Duck’s N Fishes Café