From casual family restaurants and cafés to fine dining rooms and cellar door establishments, there’s a diverse choice of dining options, as well as cuisines in New England.
Ask for advice and locals are likely to recommend starting the day with a robust espresso at their favourite café.
At many a hip establishment the baristas are up before the birds, coaxing their wood-fired oven into action and baking pastries and bread so popular the daily supply sells out by mid-morning.
Blackboard menus across the region feature local seasonal produce the likes of ricotta hotcakes piled with berries and honeycomb butter, curried lamb pies and honey and lavender brulée, to name a few inspired dishes. Fortunately, much of the food grown here finds its way from ‘pasture to plate’ and onto the tables of local eateries.
In warmer months, tables and chairs spill outside under shady umbrellas and trees. On summer weekends, it’s fun to share plates on the terrace at the regional art museum and listen to live jazz.
Cafe Graze, Walcha
The most popular eatery in the quaint town of Walcha It isn’t hard to spot Café Graze as you drive up the main street of the tiny New England town of Walcha; it’s the place with all the people spilling out, enjoying breakfast on the front patio and catching up on the town’s latest scuttlebutt. This is where the locals go for coffee and languid weekend brunches, and that’s always a good sign. Serving quality coffee and tasty café food like sandwiches, salads, quiches and a range of cakes and slices, Café Graze is the best place for visitors to Walcha to enjoy breakfast or lunch, and is well situated on Thunderbolt’s Way so is also ideal as a break spot for travellers passing through. Doubling as a home wares and antique furniture store, Café Graze will lure you in using more than just the aroma of freshly ground coffee. Shopping and delicious food; what more could you want?