If you want anything other than a simple cold snack, check in advance whether or not the chef is there!
For this visit, honestly, I was not sure whether to give one star or four. One can never tell in advance whether or not the chef will be there. On an off day, they will have some relatively modest and not particularly inspiring slices of cake or similar and passable coffee. When the chef is there, the restaurant is open and one can have an excellent snack or meal. Pitching up on spec for lunch and finding something snacky and cold to eat is disappointing. To leave the one star rating that this visit warranted would be a sad misrepresentation of how we "normally" find the place.
The cafe is inside the "resort" area which features the Hanging Rock. The walk is fun, and the view from the top of the rock is magnificent. The site is well worth a visit in its own right, and normally the café would be an optional extra. There is a fee to enter the park, payable at the cafe and a token (these days a bar code) is required to exit.
Shame that both of the last two occasions we struck it unlucky and found no cook. Not so long ago you could count on a nice meal whenever you pitched up. Shame that this has changed, and maybe time to make other arrangements?
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