OK, so the first thing you might be wondering is, “where the hell is Newrybar?”. I’m pleased to say it’s about 10 minutes south of Bangalow in the Byron Bay Hinterland and it’s a lovely little spot. The town itself has a fabulously quirky antiques store, a funky little clothes shop and a small general store. In the area around the tiny town of Newrybar you’ll find a coffee plantation, roadside fruit and veg honesty boxes, rolling green hills and beautiful scenery.
But to the point – the reason for our visit to Newrybar is that Harvest is one of my favourite “destination restaurants”. I’ve made the 45 minute (or so) drive from the Gold Coast on numerous occasions to enjoy the food, service and atmosphere. So yes, it’s worth the drive.
I thought I’d focus this post on a recent brunch we enjoyed at Harvest. We headed down mid-morning, hoping we’d be there late enough to have an early lunch (that sounded weird but hopefully made sense;)). We strolled through the antiques store first, and were told that today was the day that Harvest sells its fresh bread baked by their French baker. The sales assistant also told us that the locals try to get in early to enjoy some of the delicious sourdough before it sells out.
Mouths watering with the promise of a fresh loaf of bread, we entered the restaurant and sat down. Unfortunately we were too early for the lunch menu, but thankfully the breakfast menu provided a more brunch like option of a Goat’s Cheese Souffle. Also we asked about buying bread, but were told the French Baker was away that day… sigh. Still, knowing how good their sourdough is I’m happy to try my luck next time.
The coffee was well made but Sime’s Long Black had a broken crema (a big no-no for him). My Twice Baked Goat’s Cheese Souffle served with micro herbs, asparagus and smokey paprika oil ($18.00) was lovely and light, and the perfect brunch item. The paprika oil seemed a wee bit heavy for the souffle but didn’t take away from it at all. Sime enjoyed his Hayter’s Hill pork and parsley sausages served with poached eggs, croquette potatoes and field mushrooms filled with caponata ($21.00) but said it wasn’t a stand out meal for him.
As always the service was of a high standard, and it was lovely sitting inside by the fire when it was quite chilly outdoors. The general ambience of Harvest is lovely as it’s in an old wooden building and has a large deck under the shade of a large tree (I’m not sure if it’s a poinciana or a jacaranda…?). It also has car parking at the back of the restaurant (enter via driveway to the left), and a function room called ‘The Old Bakery’ behind the restaurant.
Having dined at Harvest for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the past I’d highly recommend the drive. For the record, bread is available for purchase on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and their sourdough is delicious!