Follow Centennial Drive from the outer edge of Bowral’s shopping hub, and in less than a minute you are in golfing and grape country. Pass by the perfectly manicured golf course at Peppers Craigieburn, and Centennial Vineyards is hard to miss with its acres of vines dotted across the rolling countryside. The last time I visited was to bop to the B52s, The Proclaimers and Mental as Anything at ‘A Day on the Green’. Today it is more subdued with only a handful of visitors braving the cold spring day. It’s also midweek so the vibe is very relaxed and chilled, with the rain not even spoiling the gorgeous views of the estate. Service is quick and we order straight away. The plain and sultana scone are super fresh and taste like they have come straight out of the oven. A dead giveaway is the slightly crisp outside and steaming fluffiness on the inside. The mixed berry compote style jam is made onsite and although slightly runny, is tart and tastes terrific! The double thick cream is just that, double thick, and is served with a fresh sprig of mint – a lovely touch. The serving dishes are kinda random, but I love the pretty Robert Gordon cup and saucer. Call before visiting, as sometimes the restaurant closes early due to weddings or other functions. Also, drop in to the cellar door for a spot of cool climate wine tasting.
Tea: Six types of loose-leaf teas served in a small pot.
Overall: A pretty outlook and a bonus if you enjoy wine tasting.
Location: Centennial Rd, Bowral NSW 2576 Ph: 02 4861 8701 centennialrestaurant.com.au