IMGP8365v2With good friends like Susan, (aka the Bumpkin) Peta and Steve, wherever you go is always pleasant, enjoyable and lots of fun.

Our visit to Café ‘La Palette’ in the Mount Ashby Estate at Moss Vale was no different and made even the better by the farmhouse tables, the food and the warm open fire.

Set on the northern slopes of Mt Ashby the estate is just delightful and a great setting to enjoy wine and French-inspired cuisine whilst looking out at the lush green fields dotted with black and white Holsteins.

(It’s not really a mountain, rather a hill 700 metres above sea level but as Moss Vale is 678 metres it’s a mere 22 metres higher than the surrounds.)


As we began lunch we were served warm soft bread and olive oil then a tasting of homemade soup which was just so like heaven.

For our mains, which were all delicious, we had – lamb, duck, pork belly and Beef Bourguignon pie. We topped that off with the chocolate tart with a strawberry, raspberry sauce and some fantastic vanilla ice-cream on the side.

We had the 2013 Pinot Gris which they say “…….is nicely supported by elegant acidity, and just the merest trace of bitterness on the finish. Great drinking now, this is a wine that’s destined to soften and integrate further in the future.” Unfortunately we drank most of ours so it won’t be enjoying a long future.


It is a snugly, warm and comfortable restaurant in an ideal country setting. I’d go there again.



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