Driving through this town’s quaintly unconventional rural main street, your thoughts may turn to where to eat in Bellingen. The array of restaurants, cafes and entertainment on offer may not be immediately apparent, so we’ve rounded up the following list of places to eat in Bellingen and the surrounding areas.
Popla 2 Oak St, Bellingen
Open hearth cooking, sharable meals, all-Australian drinks, local produce on the menu. Chefs Mitch Grady and Claire van Vuuren from Sydney restaurant, Bloodwood, have journeyed north to share their passion for seasonal produce with the Bellingen region. Exploring different flavour profiles, our menu is based around share plates showcasing a playful array of the region’s best organic produce and indigenous ingredients.
No. 5 Church Street Bellingen
The philosophy @ No.5 is simple – an open space where people from all walks of life can come together to share an experience – to enjoy being nourished – to leave feeling inspired.
Everything that we do is directed toward communicating ideas about how we can create a more sustainable, open minded, ethical and responsible community.
Our food is a vehicle to express how we feel – wholesome & artistic, colourful & creative – simple flavours with attention to the details.
Cedar Bar & Kitchen 8 Church St, Bellingen
Just a 25 minute drive from Coffs Harbour, Cedar Bar & Kitchen is nestled in the heart of Bellingen in a 108 year-old church. The carefully restored building boasts original stained glass windows and 7-metre high ceilings. The food concept at Cedar Bar & Kitchen is a relaxed take on local, simple ingredients with regionally sourced proteins and local fresh produce. From share plates – perfect for a lazy afternoon with a glass of Rosé on the balcony, to slow braised meats paired with a crisp small batch apple cider.
Restaurant 1381 Bellingen Valley Lodge
Come and enjoy Bellingen’s most unique style and beautifully rustic themed restaurant.
Offering a range of local, fresh produce, specialising in local grass fed and hormone free Dorrigo Beef.
In the cooler months sit by our huge roaring double sided open log fireplace or in the warmer months, enjoy the mountain views from our alfresco dining area.
Icy cold beers, spirits or choose from our wine list.
Open Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm.
Stay tuned for our “Sunday Sessions” with live entertainment coming soon.
Available for functions and groups on request.
Little Red Kitchen 111 Hyde St, Bellingen
The Little Red Kitchen is a local favourite. The menu’s obviously Italian-inclined, but plays free and easy with traditional toppings, serving up a classic margarita, but also slipping in such flavours as the Taj Mahal (tandoori chicken and yogurt dressing) and a Mexican-style pizza with taco beef, fresh tomato, guacamole and sour cream.
Black Bear Café 7F Church St, Bellingen
Breakfast and Lunch under the trees. Enjoy Bellingen’s Lovely street atmosphere, with a great Campos Coffee, and one of our famous Blueberry Bagels.
The Old Butter Factory Café 1 Doepel St Bellingen
The 100 year old Butter Factory complex is situated in the quaint river valley town of Bellingen NSW, a 25 minute drive from Coffs Harbour along the Waterfall Way at the base of the beautiful and dramatic Dorrigo National Park escarpment.
Since its conversion in the 1980s to a shopping village with unique boutique establishments and a large cafe and function venue, the Old Butter Factory has become a favourite setting for weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, family gatherings and all manner of celebrations requiring something very special, but just a bit different to traditional function venues.
Specialising in Breakfast, Lunch and Functions.
Tuckshop Restaurant & Catering 63 Hyde St Bellingen
Cuisine burgers and seafood
Specialties Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks
Hours 9 am to 8 pm Wednesday to Sunday
Catering From Weddings with Seated, Banquet, Buffet with a Formal Style Setting & Canapés.
Functions with Seated to Buffet Menus & Canapés. All the way to Small Events & Meetings with Sandwiches & Wraps. Our Prices are Competitive and our Service is Flexible. We provide all Essential Equipment and can Cater In House or Off Site (with and without power). Our Catering Staff are Fully Trained, Experienced and Food at the Event is Created by Experienced Chefs.
The Bellingen Brewery & Co
The old factory up Church Street Lane has been converted into a dynamic and sophisticated venue, The Bellingen Brewery & Co. Featuring Bellingen’s local craft brewery and a boutique bar, The Bellingen Brewery & Co. serves it’s very own beers and ferments with a cellar door style and feel.
The bar also offers a select collection of fine wines and cocktails, highlighting organic and local ingredients. The space has been designed with great consideration to create a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere, local and reclaimed timbers and materials were used, along with a few local artisan made features. The Bellingen Brewing Company’s expansion and move into this location was driven by a desire to create a sustainable, eco conscious and ‘new model’ business.
We are very passionate about creating a unique place and experience, we share this space with Big Fig Arts, an artists run initiative. Together we showcase and share the diverse harvests that Bellingen offers.