I’m happy to say that I was unsure whether this should be a ‘Restaurant’ or a ‘Shopping’ tip. Maybe you’d care to take it as both.
We visited as part of our car club event, but the Smokehouse is open to the public daily. What do they do? Well, they produce a particularly tasty range of smoked foods using local produce, ranging from trout and chicken to walnuts, and delicatessen products from pâtes to sun dried tomatoes. We were favoured with a tour and saw the breeding tank where they breed and raise their own trout, plus the rotary smoking racks (able to hold 1 tonne at a time). Then we went outside for lunch under the trees – at last we’re getting toward the ‘restaurant’ bit!
Lunch consisted of large platters of freshly smoked foods, a great salad, local olives, and char grilled eggplant which were shared among the group. Bon appetite! How were they received – well, let’s just say that the second round of platters went nearly as fast as the first! A very enjoyable coffee washed it all down, before everyone went shopping for their own supplies. Yes, definitely recommended as a stopover for something different from the usual restaurant meals – and for some to take home!
Main photo:Sign outside the door
Second photo:Outside the Smokehouse
Fourth photo:Tucking in – it was as good as it looks!
Favorite Dish: You couldn't go past the mixed platters.
The Quarry Restaurant is located 5km from Cowra on the Boorowa Rd. It has been the home of gourmet food and fine wines in Cowra for around 15 years, and is the best place to eat in this small town. The chef uses the best local produce, including trout, lamb and locally grown vegetables.
The wine list includes the majority of local vineyards in the area, such as Cowra Estate.