on top of Red Hill: dining with a view
It is a pity that I got there when they were closed, but I had a look through their Windows and for my next time this might be a place to have dinner & enjoy the great scenery of the panorama-view of Canberra.
Favorite Dish: They have a ground floor that is open for a longer time and a fine Restaurant on the upper floor, that obviously is open only for lunch and dinner on certain days, take a look at the timetables:
The Restaurant UPstairs is open:
For lunch from Wednesday till Friday
and for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday
while the lower floor with the bar is open
Wednesday to Saturday: open 12.00 noon Lunch & Dinner
Sunday: open 11.00am Lunch & Dinner
Bar is also open within these hours
Monday & Tuesday closed !Related to:
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Yarralumla Gallery & The Oaks Brasserie: Location, coffee, and little else
Of the many restaurants and cafés in Canberra reviewed on Trip Advisor this has some of the worst reviews. At the time of writing it had 20 ‘terrible' ratings as against 1 ‘excellent’ rating.
I recommend you visit ‘brasserie’ but urge you not to dine (as in have a full meal - breakfast or lunch) here. It does not open for dinner. It is overpriced, the food is distinctly average, the service is slow and the staff and management are surly and seem not to care about their customers. To be fair, this latter negative is a fairly common occurrence in Canberra though these guys have 'not caring' down to a fine art. I am also not recommending that you come here for the art gallery, which is small and also average. That said, if you are here it is worth a look – you will have plenty of time to view it as you await your order!
So why am I recommending that you visit here?
I recommend it for coffee (or other drink) and cake, nothing more.
While there is nothing special about either (though I do recommend the lumberjack cake) and you need to be prepared to wait around half an hour for a coffee the location is beautiful and most importantly the café is located about 50 metres off the cycle path which takes you round the western basin of Lake Burley Griffin, a ride of approximately 17kms (which can easily be extended) which I thoroughly recommend you do. If you ride in an anticlockwise direction the café is located at 13-14km into the ride so is a welcome break before a fairly easy 3-4kms back to the Commonwealth Bridge area where most visitors are likely to start/finish the ride.
The café is located in beautiful park land (Weston Park) with the heritage listed old English Gardens just behind the café (of more interest to a botanist than the average visitor). The café building (housing the kitchen, office, and gallery) is a well preserved cottage originally built in 1923 to house the then Yarralumla nursery manager, John Peace Hobday, who became superintendent of Parks and Gardens in 1926.
Seating is in the beautiful shaded cottage gardens and dogs are welcome in the area behind the cottage. There is no seating inside the cottage. Personally, if I owned the café, amongst other things, I would get rid of the gallery component and have some indoor seating for those cold Canberra days. There is a marquee out the back used for functions – perhaps also for ordinary customers in inclement weather. It is ugly.
While here also have a look, even if you are not in the market for a plant, at the adjacent Yarralumla Heritage Nursery, one of Canberra’s best, though not cheapest, nurseries.
The café’s motto is "We do not prepare fast food, only good food as fast as we can." An admirable stand, if only the food was good.
It is such a shame that the owners can’t capitalise on the beautiful setting.
According to its website, the Yarralumla Gallery & Oaks Brasserie is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 5pm though I did see a sign there suggesting that it might open at 8.30am on weekends.
Favorite Dish: Coffee and cake
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