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Megalong Tea Rooms, Blue Mountains

It’s good to get out of the house now and then. My day job requires me to sit in front of a monitor for 8  to 10 hours a day, sometimes even more. When I get home, I’ll have dinner, usually in front of the tv and then I’ll ‘relax’ in front of my laptop reading blogs and catching up on the latest news. For me, gone are the days of actually watching the news on TV, or reading a magazine to find out what the latest gadgets are because by the time it hits the magazines it is yesterdays news.

I needed a weekend out of the house, and not just on the soccer field. After a few days of emails, we decided to go for a bushwalk in the Blue Mountains. It was 29 degrees and hot in Sydney, but 20 degrees and raining in the Blue Mountains. Factor in humidity, wet surfaces and leeches, some of us wished we had stayed back at home.

The walk itself was quite easy-going, except for the one thousand steps we had to take to get to the top. It was wet and misty, which made the trek a bit more adventurous. We didn’t come across many other bushwalkers, but we did come across copious amounts of leeches. There was one stage where five of us had to spend a good few minutes picking out leeches off our bodies. They mainly targeted our legs, I don’t think wearing shorts was a good idea after all.

Leech

The leeches were an absolute pain in the ass. Every thirty seconds we would have to check our legs and shoes to see if they were there or not. Though in hindsight, it did make us walk faster and avoid the heavier downfall of rain while we were eating at the Megalong Valley Tea Room.

At the end of the walk we were all fully drenched by the rain and hungry. Squishies suggested we recharge ourselves with a pie at the Megalong tea rooms, at that stage we were willing to eat anything.

Megalong Tea Room is about a 15 minute drive from Echo Point in Katoomba . It’s a nice drive with long and winding roads through the bush, which were particularly scenic due to the fog and rain. Once you come down the valley you’ll hit a main road with bush and mountains on each side. On your right will be the Megalong Valley tea room, look for the Peter’s ice cream sign and you can’t miss it.

There is an old school feel about the place, with everything from the floorboards to the interior. The place is 54 years old so they must know a thing or two about feeding hungry bushwalkers, particularly ones drench from the rain.

As common courtesy we decided to sit outside, it just looked too nice inside for a bunch of dirty bush walkers. The decor is minimal and looks like someones backyard, but it’s a nice and relaxed feel.

Leek Soup ($9.50)

After a long walk in the rain, a soup would hit the spot. Teresa opted for the leek soup which was the soup of the day. It’s hearty, thick and sweet, definitely hitting the spot when eaten with the soft bread rolled slashed with creamy room temperature butter.

Ploughman's Lunch - Cheddar and Brie cheese, Leg Ham, Corned Beef, Selection of Home-made Pickles and Chutneys served with fresh Bread ($16)

I opt for the Plougman’s lunch which I’ve heard of, but never tried. It is apparently a cold snack or meal originating from the UK, with many considering it a cultural icon. A bit like our meat pie though isn’t it ? Anyway, it’s a generous selection of cheddar and Brie cheese, Leg Ham, Corned Beef, Selection of Home-made Pickles and Chutneys served with fresh Bread. It’s a hearty choice but I’m a bit let down by paying $16 for this. In saying that, what more could I expect for a Ploughman’s lunch ? Tasted bloody good though, all I needed was an ice-cold beer to wash it down as I’m sure that is what they did in the 50′s.

Home-made Creamy Cheese, Onion and Garden Sage Pie ($9.50)

We came here for the pies after endlessly hearing glowing references from squishies and F in the car. “Best pies ever” and ” These shit over Harry’s ” were some of the claims we had to put up with. Also for $9.50, they better be bloody good right ?

Thankfully the pies were amazing. The puffy, crispy and buttery pastry encased all the different pie flavours. My favourite was probably the non meat version of creamy cheese, onion and garden sage. The aroma let out by the onion and sage engulfed the table, making me have seconds thought about not ordering a pie. Each pie comes with a side of chutney, a nice home style alternative to tomato sauce.

Home-made Steak and Onion Pie ($9.50)

Home-made Steak and Kidney Pie ($9.50)

Apple Pie - Locally Grown Apples wrapped in a light Pastry, Baked and Served Warm with lashings of fresh Cream or Ice Cream ($10)

They say it takes two to tango, the same can be said about apple pie and vanilla ice cream. I don’t often see this combination on dessert menus, it’s simple but a classic in my opinion. One spoon of the pie and ice cream brought back memories of when my parents use to buy me a Macca’s apple pie and a 30 cent cone, except this pie was a million times better. The apples were soft but still had a bit of texture to them and I could still see slices of apple in the pie. The pie pastry was a tad crunchy too, with a bit of effort required with the spoon to crack it open.

Freshly Baked Scones with generous servings of Home-made Blackberry Jam and fresh Cream ($8.50)

Scones would have to be one of the most fail proof desserts of all time. The scones were nice but not spectacular, but it was the fresh cream and blackberry jam which we kept coming back for. The jam in particular had everyone talking, it was made up of fresh ripe berries with the perfect amount of sweetness and tartness. We suspect it’s all from the freshness of the berries, and not with excess sugar. What I liked about the jam the most was the texture, I could taste lumps of berries as well as the delicate crunch from the seeds.

So good, oh so good.

After a long day walking it was a relief to be able to kick back with some good food, good views and a good coffee. The food at Megalong tea room is honest and home made style rather than modern cafe style which you expect back in Sydney. As a result, it’s a great throwback to what country style food could be like. If I’m in the area, I’ll definitely come back as this sort of comfort food is exactly what you need after a long walk in the bush.

Megalong Tea Room

Megalong Road
Megalong Valley NSW 2785
Phone (02) 4787 9181
web : http://www.megalongtearooms.com
Note : Cards not accepted, bring cash. 10% surcharge on weekends, which I thought was a bit rough.

Comments

  1. FFichiban says:

    Mmm pie pie pie XD I got my eye on the cheese, onion and sage! and apple pie for dessert yayy
    .-= FFichiban´s last blog ..Boozeday Toozeday #1 – Big Helga and Candied Bacon Green Salad =-.

  2. Leeches, don’t like but the scones! Yes! It’s nice to get out and do something different from our daily routine and recharge.
    .-= Ellie (Almost Bourdain)´s last blog ..Three-Tone Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse Cups =-.

  3. billy@ATFT says:

    What a great day out, and thank god the leeches only stick to the legs and no where else. I simply love places like this outside Sydney where they are good at something, they are bloody good! The pies look amazing!
    .-= billy@ATFT´s last blog ..Chocolatesuze & Noods’ Wedding Day =-.

  4. abercrombie says:

    its was a potato and leek soup btw =))

    i love being right.. glad everyone enjoyed their pies!

    feel left out.. my homemade lemon ice tea and chicken and mushroom pie are no where to be seen *sigh*

    mmm that apple pie.. could go for that right now, spesh the ice cream

  5. Steph says:

    Ew, that sucks about the leeches. But the homely style of that place looks right up my alley, the pies look amazing. And the jam you had with your scones, I want that jam!
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Blueberry & Lemon Shortcake =-.

  6. I love a good Ploughman’s lunch, and apple pie, and scones with jam and cream… oh yeah baby. You can keep the leeches though. Gah! I remember in primary school, a friend of mine brought a shaker of salt with her on a school bushwalk as ammunition!
    .-= Helen (Grab Your Fork)´s last blog ..Tetsuya’s, Sydney – and your chance to win a Masterclass with Tetsuya Wakuda =-.

  7. Jacq says:

    Looks like an awesome way to finish a bushwalk! I love the look of the pies, the filling looks so good and omg apple pie and vanilla ice cream = win!
    .-= Jacq´s last blog ..Placecard Cookies =-.

  8. Mmmm.. what a good idea to go for a hike in the Blue Mountains; I am due for another visit but don’t know when yet.. A bit sucky about the leeches.. LOL Get it? (I know.. lame)

    Food looks stunning, I feel like some of those scones! YUM!

  9. Wish more places still served apple pie with ice-cream. It too reminds me of childhood with its simple combination of ingredients where hot is contrasted with cold and crunchy with silky.
    .-= mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog ..Epicure Recipe Card #5: Wok-fried Green Beans with Chilli Pork =-.

  10. YW says:

    This place will probably motivate me to go for bushwalking more :D The pies look really good….
    .-= YW´s last blog ..Honeymoon Part 1 =-.

  11. Omg, I can’t believe all the leeches – ouch! :( Hopefully you’re all ok!?
    The pies look and sound awesome, and I love the sound of this place. Will definitely check it out if I’m there!
    .-= Betty @ The Hungry Girl´s last blog ..Ladurée, Champs-Elysées, Paris =-.

  12. Leeches are anoying but at least they don’t hurt. Those pies look great. It is almost worth travelling all the way to the Blue Mountains just for those.
    .-= Mark @ Cafe Campana´s last blog ..Salad Trading Scheme – Fattoush =-.

  13. Asha@FSK says:

    Fantastic!! I am visiting Sydney and was planning to visit the Blue Mountains. Perfect article to come up on, except now you have scared me about leeches (OH NO!!!). Hmm.. we are toursits, so no car. Is there any transport from the city to here?
    .-= Asha@FSK´s last blog ..Mole Risotto with Chicken and Avocado Puree – Daring Cooks Mar ’10 =-.

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