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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.