Sunday Breakfast at Harvest Cafe in Newrybar

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.“It’s the same thing,” he said.

First stop on a lazy Sunday by the beach was  Harvest Cafe in Newrybar.  Newrybar is a tiny town, just off the highway, not far out of Byron Bay. For years I have passed off the Byron Bay region as too touristy. Now I find the eclectic mix of people and lifestyles, fascinating and inviting. The beaches and forests are beautiful and at night, flashes from the Byron Bay light house, can be seen for quite a distance.

Harvest Cafe is a laid back but trendy and sophisticated establishment. It has the perfect balance between being  hip but also genuine and authentic.

On arrival I could see the Chefs busy making things on the open bar bench. Relaxed but focused they were only too happy to share details of what they were doing.

Sticky date pudding batter, rolling tart pastry and preparing the vegetables for a Sunday roast lunch.

The menu at the cafe  is seasonal, the emphasis is on local, fresh and organic produce. All the bread is baked on the premises in a wood-fired oven.

The staff at Harvest Cafe are really friendly. The place is warm and welcoming and offers attentive service that makes you feel a little bit special. We arrived around 9.30am and by the time we left, the verandah had filled up.

Years ago we had a breakfast at a cafe ( now closed down) in Bellingen. It became the measure by which all subsequent breakfasts were compared to. I have decided to now pass the measure stick on to Harvest Cafe. Every part of our breakfast was keenly devoured.

Classic Florentine: poached eggs, spinach and hollandaise sauce on sourdough with local bacon

Hayters pork and parsley sausages with poached eggs, croquette potatoes and field mushrooms filled with caponata.

House cured dill with juniper gravlax with avocado and poached organic eggs on toasted sourdough

Smoked trout wrapped in delicate omelette served with chives, creme fraiche and freshly baked Harvest sourdough

After breakfast, I went back up to see what was being created on the bar bench inside. It was good timing as Shannon was about to go down and check on the roasts, in the wood-fired oven. He offered to show me the old bakery.

fresh tomato and parsley salad

I was already impressed with Harvest Cafe but the old bakery made my day.

At the back of Harvest Cafe is a 99 year old bakery that has been refurbished. The original wood fired oven was huge, so it was dissembled and a smaller one installed.  Bricks, tiles and elements of the old bakery have been used in the new oven and building, which is now primarily a function venue.

This cool little gadget is checking the oven temperature by laser, it was 438 degrees. When Shannon opened the oven I was expecting to see wood and fire. I learnt that the fire burns overnight, reaching temperatures of up to 600 degrees. The bricks can go white with heat. In the morning, the coals are shoveled out and the bricks hold the heat.

Shannon pulled out the pork roast to quickly check it. He explained that the wood-fired oven creates a desirable even heat.

The old bakery is available for private hire but the cafe also regularly holds events. Shannon told me about the last few functions, a Spanish themed night with wood fired paella and also a seafood degustation. You could see the passion Shannon has, as he explained some of the details.

Tomorrow night, the 4th August they are having a Nose to Tail event. There is limited seating so you have to book. On the menu is pea & ham soup, calves tongue, fish & bone marrow, homage to the pig, pigs ears, cheeks, whole baked suckling pig, offal sausages and boozy trifle. It is a slow food style feast with the philosophy that if you eat meat, it’s only polite to eat the whole animal.

If tomorrows dinner  is too short notice, keep and eye on their website for future events. The use of the wood fired oven, traditional cookery and the historical building venue, all adds a little intrigue to their foodie events.

View from the car park of the refurbished 99 year old Bakery

I assume this is a piece of old bakery equipment. I have no idea what it does. Please leave a comment if you do.

Newrybar is bypassed by the highway, so don’t miss the turn off.  The Harvest Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

Little antique shop opposite Harvest Cafe

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One thought on “Sunday Breakfast at Harvest Cafe in Newrybar

  1. Tristan says:

    Thank you so much for your review, really appreciated. Made us all feel good inside and out. Great photos and well written.
    P.s, the piece of machinery is a dough divider, you place a large ball of dough in and the machine and the end product is smaller dinner rolls ready to bake.
    Cheers from the Harvest Team

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