Looking for somewhere different to eat or drink?

Top quality restaurants  hidden in the hills and villages of the Hinterland?

Or perhaps you would prefer to relax and listen to music at a low key pop up event in a local village hall?

Here are a selection of our favourite local places to eat and drink – away from the tourist trail.


Just five minutes from Alstonville Country Cottages is ESP Espresso Bar. A hole in the wall cafe on the Main St of Alstonville. Small in size but delicious in coffee smells and scrumptious treats and snacks. How about a piccolo and turkish delight?


Just 10 minutes from Lismore is the  Eltham Pantry home of the pecan nut. Relax on the verandah of 100 year old farmhouse for a lazy long lunch with a chilled glass of sangria. Or in winter enjoy the cosy nooks inside and browse the local gifts and gourmet treats. See the trees grow, how they are harvested but most importantly taste the delicious menu. Enjoy the contemporary menu with spicy pecans, curries or hickory smoked salmon….http://www.elthampantry.com.au/


Bored of the same sterile cafes? Spend time wandering through Lismore’s iconic streets and decorated laneways.
Enjoy fresh local salads and produce at the casual street cafes along Keen and Woodlark St.
Flock Espresso and Eats
Or  soak up some art and sculptures at the Slate Cafe at the Lismore Regional Gallery

The Loft. Winner of 2019 AGFG. Hidden amongst Lismore’s laneways in a former industrial building, The Loft offers an experience reminiscent of Melbourne’s laneway culture.Spread over two levels, the cosy full service bar downstairs spills into the laneway.


Or for something completely different visit 20,000 cows Vegetarian  Restaurant.  Evenings only. BYO and suggested price menu. Casual dining.


Looking for new tastes  enjoy the Middle Eastern cuisine at Chef and Suka. Friendly service with a range of tantalising fresh flavours. Based on River St near the Sailing Club.
Open for breakfast, coffee and lunch. It is also open on Saturday nights but booking is essential
Lighthouse Beach Cafe. Amazing position overlooking the long, beautiful Lighthouse Beach. Perfect whalewatching setting from May to October. Sit back, enjoy the fresh casual menu. Fully licensed.http://www.lighthousebeachcafe.com.au
Seven Mile Brewery.
Family owned and operated brewery.
Tastings and free group tours.
Food trucks  on site Friday to Sunday


Harvest Cafe , restaurant and deli are tucked away off the highway between Ballina and Bangalow in the quaint village of Newrybar. Harvest is a mecca for locals and Sydney tourists alike. Try the local bread fresh from the bakehouse, browse the deli or enjoy coffee or a meal at the restaurant.


Federal Doma Cafe  Delicious Japanese cuisine, freshly locally made, situated in rural setting. Perfect stopoff on a drive through the hinterland.


Or fancy a friendly relaxed dinner in a village hall listening to local musicians? Try a POP UP meal in the Byron Hinterland village halls

The Northern Rivers is famous for its old village halls. Now they have found a new life with regular pop up pizza and curry nights, usually with music by local musos.

Grab a bottle and glasses, bring the kids (or not)  and a blanket. The nights and venues vary but here is a taster.

Il Carretto pizza
Thursday night at  the village of Clunes
Friday night in Bexhill Village Hall
0499 831581
Pepe Pizza
Broken Head Hall
Every Monday night. Live music
0148 1177 98

Indian Curry Night  with Bev Singh and local live music

3rd Friday of every month

Newrybar Community Hall
Don’t forget the wondrous food trucks at the local Sunday Markets!
Music lovers check out these venues, dates and times.
Tintenbar Hall unplugged
Rous Hall
Rous Unplugged:
Last Friday of each month (except Dec)
Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Check with:
Simon Chate 0401 022 927 or Mim O’Grady 0407 983 223

There is so much to discover in the Byron Hinterland……

For more information check online or email us at info@alstonvillecottages.com