Berry Sourdough Cafe
23 Prince Alfred St, Berry, NSW
02 4464 1617
Just off the main street of Berry, a heritage barn-style building is home to an artisan bakery and cafe that churns out beautiful breakfast, lunches and an array of baked goods seven days a week.
It all comes together under the name of Berry Sourdough Cafe. The building dates back to the late 1800s when it was a produce store. In 1915 it was transformed into the town bakery where it served the people of Berry until 1970. In 2001, Jelle and Joost Hilkemeijer found the building in a state of disrepair. The pair spent a year restoring it to its former glory and converting the dilapidated space back into the thriving bakery it once was.
As the name suggests, sourdough is where the bakery shines. Joost is an artisan baker who uses two wood-fired ovens to bake a range of breads. While you can buy the bread to take away, it is also used as a high quality base for many of the breakfast offerings.
As the chefs work with local and seasonal produce, the menu changes frequently. Fresh ingredients are sourced from suppliers who share the team’s commitment to sustainability, and their products shine through simple cooking techniques that help bring out natural flavours. A breakfast classic is eggs Benedict, served with local smoked ham and housemade hollandaise on top of crusty, toasted sourdough. When zucchini flowers are in season, they’re served with buffalo feta and cooked together in a fluffy omelette. The simple combination of local mushrooms with house-made ricotta and freshly baked sourdough is another popular option.
When lunch comes around, there’s more than just a range of gourmet pies and sausage rolls on offer – there are also plenty of other dishes to choose from. Quinoa salads with roast seasonal vegetables are perfect for a light lunch, while rigatoni with Spanish-style pork sausages with roast fennel, sofrito and mascarpone make for a hearty meal. If you can stay for dessert, you can also sample delicate pannacotta made from local honey and served with roasted peaches, as well as a range of baked pastries and cakes.
Despite being a bakery at heart, Berry Sourdough Cafe is fully licensed so you can enjoy your meal with a glass of local wine. The signature pale blue La Marzocco espresso machine offers coffee from Sydney-based Single O Coffee, and local cold-pressed juices are available courtesy of The Juice Farm.
If you feel like taking a little piece of Berry Sourdough Cafe home with you, house-made relishes, jams and dips are all available to take away too. With brunch business booming, the small team opened Milkwood Bakery just down the road in 2013 – perfect for a quick lunch or coffee and cake. Just behind Berry Sourdough is yet another element to the business: The Picnic Shed, a boutique homewares and lifestyle store with a range of beautiful goods for the home or garden.
Whether you’re after a few delicious treats and a loaf of artisan bread to take away, or a gourmet boozy lunch, Berry Sourdough Cafe has you sorted. Your only problem will be deciding what to eat.