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Beachfront Dining: Cove Cafe, Terrigal

As we were driving through Sydney’s Central Coast, we found the perfect dog friendly cafe to stop and have lunch at, with the added bonus of amazing beach views all around. Cove Cafe – I’m in love! Nothing beats waterfront dining and better yet, listening to the gentle ocean waves crashing on the shore, with endless water views glistening under the sun. Parking was easy to find – the local car park was situated right next to the Cove Cafe side entry. We followed a handful of stairs towards the signed footpath, and as soon as you turned the corner, you knew you’ve come to the right place to dine at.. the views are absolutely epic. We were seated fairly quickly with our dog, tucked near some steps adjoining the beach. It was a good spot for us actually as our pooch was getting #fomo at the other dogs playing near by and he wanted to join in. It was a great spot to sit at – an easy exit from the cafe without having …

Dog Friendly: Saddles Restaurant, Mount White

Located in Mount White on the Central Coast (and a good halfway stop point between Newcastle and Sydney) you’ll find Saddles Restaurant, Bakehouse and Garden Centre. With an average Google rating of 4.4-stars (out of 5) by more than 380+ reviews, it’s not just us that love visiting this place – many others vouch for their superb dining experience too. Situated on 10-acres of bushland with stunning views all around, Saddles is a relaxing oasis offering both indoor dining by a fire place, and outdoor dining on their expansive verandah, overlooking a picturesque lake. As its name states, ‘Saddles’ was originally inspired by an artisan saddler, Heath Harris, who worked with John Singleton crafting saddles for his nearby Stud. Inside this restaurant, you’ll find uniquely designed saddle bar chairs in the main dining area, plenty of natural lighting and soft sandstone interiors throughout. What’s more, is that your pooch can join you too; both indoors and out. Yes, you read right, surprisingly indoors as well. The first time we visited, I was so chuffed that …

A Visit to the Bilpin Cider Co. Brewery

As we start exploring around our local areas a little more, Bilpin Cider Co. popped up in my newsfeed featuring a ‘Bilpin Archibald Cloudy Apple Cider’ in their post. It got me thinking, wondering what to do for the weekend – we have these craft beers in our fridge every now and then, so maybe we could pop in for a visit? Looking it up on the map, Bilpin Cider Co. brewery was actually less than an hours’ drive from Sydney’s north-west and it mentioned it was open to the public. Sometimes you feel places are far, but I was quite surprised that this was the same amount of time it would take us to also drive to Sydney’s CBD. So the next weekend, we planned a visit to the Bilpin area. It was our first time to the brewery and the vibe was buzzing as soon as we stepped out of the car, plenty of people enjoying their Sunday afternoon all around the property. It was like a hidden gem of the area, tucked …

Dog friendly: The Garden, Berry

During a weekend getaway with the pooch, you’re always on the lookout for the best dining spots that are dog friendly too. And what a gorgeous find. The Garden cafe in Berry is located in the heart of Queen Street. We had actually parked at the rear of the venue and from here, you can easily enter via the car park, leading you to the outdoor garden dining – which is also the pet friendly dining area too. Unfortunately they don’t take bookings unless it’s for larger groups, so it is first in, best dressed. I’d suggest you arrive before midday or earlier, as this is a very popular restaurant throughout the day with tables on high rotation. Despite being busy, the staff were very attentive, quick to seat you and the food was served quite promptly soon after you had ordered. We tried: The pot pie which was very tasty with plenty of delicious, juicy meat portions melting in your mouth at each bite. And the good old bacon and egg roll. The full …

A View Not to Miss: The Hill Bar and Kitchen, Gerringong

The Hill Bar and Kitchen, you won my heart during our stay in the Gerringong area. What’s not to love? Epic water views over Werri Beach, modern menu dining options, and my ultimate fave, dog friendly outdoor seating too. I was quite surprised in initial passing – stopped in my tracks actually. We came from the other direction, taking a leisurely stroll with our pooch, unfamiliar with the area and then we saw The Hill Bar and Kitchen. Bummer because we had already purchased breakfast in hand, wishing we had decided to eat here instead. That said, it turned into one of those fortunate wins. The kiosk next door where we originally purchased our breakfast from, is still part of this venue (more so for takeaway though) and when asked if we were able to dine here, the staff had no issues with us eating our already purchased breakfast in the outdoor area with our pooch. Thank you The Hill Bar and Kitchen, you have one happy customer and it’s well worth the review just …