Robertson Cafes & Restaurants
Rockabella’s Roadside Diner
An upbeat eatery with a vibrant interior and warm country welcome, Rockabella’s offers an ever-changing menu of absolutely delicious and wholesome meals made with garden fresh greens, local farm produce and Southern American influences. Dig into a hearty omelette with sautéed mushrooms and spinach; the Cowgirl Breakfast piled high with grilled cheese, house made beans and crispy free range bacon or sticky honey tequila marinated chicken on organic brioche with seasonal greens. The countertop is stocked with a bounty of country style treats like maple bacon and sweet potato muffins, Earl Grey teacake, Freshly baked French tarts, creamy caramel latte cheesecakes and super-sized home style scones.
Meet local growers and gardeners here every Saturday morning at the ‘Crop & Swap’ of excess farm and garden produce.
Hours: Wed: 8am – 5pm, Thurs: 8am – 5pm, 5.30pm – 11pm, Fri-Sun: 8am – 5pm
Address: Shop 1, 74-76 Hoddle St, Robertson
Contact: (02) 4885 1889
The Robertson Inn
A clever conversion of Australia’s last remaining, fully wood-constructed hotels “The Robbo” partners with local producers to showcase the cream of highlands crops – all served-up with real old-fashioned country service. The conservatory style dining area caters for family lunches as well as keen foodies with a cosy wood fire as well as a play area for kids. Popular for pushing the limits of country-style pub food, the menu includes an aged rib eye that falls from the bone and an incredible parmigiana with local Maugher’s Meats Ham, fresh chicken breast panko crumbed with authentic, house-made chunky Napolitana sauce and parmesan. Local beef cheeks are served with a local black truffle mash during harvest season.
Robertson small farmers take centre stage on the blackboard specials and local grower lunches hosted throughout the year.
Hours: Open 7 days from 11am (Monday Noon)
Address: 87 Hoddle Street, Robertson
Contact: 4885 1202
The Robertson Pie Shop
The pies that put Robertson on the map in the 50’s are still in demand, decades later with 24 tempting variations to choose from. Classic country comfort food is taken up a notch with fillings like a beef bourguignon of chunky beef, bacon and fresh mushrooms in red wine; chicken, leek and camembert or creamy butter chicken. Fruit pies like cherry, peach, rhubarb, wildberry and apple look delicious with a dusting of confectioners sugar. Other home made sweets include cupcakes by Chloe, chunky rocky road and Portuguese tarts. There’s even a Brekky Pie for a get-up & go bite on the way out of town and you can pick up some Sutton Forest extra virgin olive oil or a bag of Robertson potatoes to take home. With indoor seating as well as picnic tables set in parkland and shaded by trees, this is a pleasant quick-stop on your way through town.
Hours: Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 6pm, Weekends – 8.00am to 6.00pm, Public Holidays – 8.00am to 6.00pm
Address: 4400 Illawarra Highway, Robertson
Contact: (02) 4885 1330
The Robertson Cheese Factory Café, Cheese Room & Gelato
The charm of the original cheese factory established back in 1936 by the local dairy farming community remains intact, bringing a unique ambience to this Café with Cheese Room with Gelateria. Enjoy a rich taste of Highlands history for morning or afternoon tea in the café; taste an impressive selection of local and imported ‘off the farm’ cheeses in the Cheese Shop; finish with a generous scoop of gelato made in-house with organic local milk and fruit, then browse an extensive selection of local produce, gourmet foods, old fashioned sweets and other great gift ideas.
Take-away cheese platters are available for a spur-of-the-moment picnic and special-occasion cheese towers are a house specialty!
Hours: Open 7 days. Mon – Fri 9:30 – 5pm. Sat 9:30 – 4pm. Sun 11 – 4pm
Address: 107 Illawarra Highway, Robertson
Contact: 02 4885 1168
Melt into oversized sofas by the enormous fireplace in the Gatsby-esque setting of Robertson Hotel – named ‘the most luxurious hotel in the commonwealth’ back in 1925 and now a destination-dining hot-spot for Sydney and South Coast foodies. . Lunch is a delight enjoyed in the big rattan armchairs of our all-white sunroom, overlooking the gardens. The cosy salon is the perfect place to wind down and warm up with a cheese platter and some Highland reds or get together for a cocktail. The cornerstone of The Robertson Hotel menus is high quality, small farm produce from neighbouring farms and artisan local producers.
Hours: Accommodation – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Dinner – Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm (bookings essential)
Bar – Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 4pm, snack menu, cocktails and absinthe dispensary.
Devonshire Tea – Saturday 11-3pm
Address: 1 Fountaindale Road Robertson, (corner Illawarra highway)
Contact: 02 4885 1111
Moonacres Harvest Kitchen
Moonacres Organic Farm is renowned for fruit and vegetables so fresh Sydney’s A-list chefs favour them. Taste the difference for yourself at Moonacres Harvest Kitchen where everything on the menu is freshly made with locally grown organic farm produce. The menu selection of generous, country-style fare is refreshed daily depending on what’s ripe on the vine, trees or fields of Moonacres Farm at Wildes Meadow each morning.
The daily selection might include kohlrabi and fennel salad with lemon dressed mizuna, solstice ‘soup for the soul’ made with flavour-rich fresh veggies, beef goulash pies packed with Maugers organic local beef or sweet temptations made with plump, sun ripened raspberries.
Watch for Moonacres Harvest Kitchen Dinners showcasing each season’s stand out produce with guest chefs and inspired themes.
Address: The Village Centre, 79-81 Hoddle Street, Robertson
Contact: 02 4886 4143