15
Jul-2015

Best cafés and pubs with fireplaces in the Blue Mountains

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Quiet and cosy … The Main House lounge at Parklands in Blackheath.

When it’s winter in the Blue Mountains, sometimes all you want to do is snuggle up by an open fireplace and drink a hot chocolate or a glass of red. Here are some of the best cafés and pubs where you can do just that.

Wisteria Place, Leura

Serving Campos coffee, all-day breakfast and now open for dinner with an eastern European menu, you will find the fire crackling at Wisteria Place almost around the clock during the colder months. More details. Open Tue–Sun 6am–4.30pm (breakfast served from 8am); dinner Thu–Sat 5pm–9pm. 156 Megalong St, Leura, 0438 459 412

Blue Mist, Wentworth Falls

This Wentworth Falls favourite has an upstairs area that not only has a roaring fire in winter but is also lined with shelves of second hand books – so you can order a coffee, browse for a good read and get cosy by the flames all at once. Open for breakfast and lunch, Blue Mist serves hearty and familiar café cuisine. Note: Call ahead to check if the upstairs room is open and the fire alight. Open 7 days, 8am–4pm. 8 Station St, Wentworth Falls, (02) 4757 4841

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Snuggle up in front of the fire at Yellow Deli.

Yellow Deli, Katoomba

Run by the Twelve Tribes community (who follow a hybrid of Judaism and Christianity) this unique café has a cavern-like wooden interior with lots of little nooks to dine in, and an open fire at its centre. The menu is simple and American-influenced, with a variety of sandwiches, salads, soup, desserts and specials. Open Sun–Thur 10am–10pm, Fri 10am–3pm, closed Sat. 214 Katoomba St, (02) 4782 9744, www.yellowdeli.com/katoomba

The Conservation Hut, Wentworth Falls

Positioned at the end (or beginning, depending on where you start) of one of the best walks in the Blue Mountains – the National Pass – and overlooking the Jamison Valley, this café is both convenient and cosy with great views, food and a fire. You pay a premium for all of this, of course, plus surcharges on weekends and public holidays, but if you’ve just climbed the stairs from Empress Falls or travelled a long way to be here, it’s worth it. Open 7 days 9am–4pm; 10am–4pm on public holidays. Fletcher St, Wentworth Falls, (02) 4757 3827, www.conservationhut.com.au

Parklands, Blackheath

It’s not exactly a café, or a pub, but this luxurious 28-acre property – home to stunning country gardens and a range of accommodation suites and lodges – does have a ‘Main House’ with a lounge area where drop-in visitors and guests alike can sit and have a coffee or drink by the open fire. Opening hours for the Main House are from 7am till around 5pm. 132 Govetts Leap Rd, 02 4787 7211, www.parklands.com.au

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The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

The Carrington offers a quintessential Blue Mountains open-fire experience in a 20th-Century setting. Sip a coffee or champagne as you sink into the slightly dated but entirely comfy armchairs in the Lounge. Patrons are required to purchase something from the cocktail bar. Open 7 days 11am–4pm for drinks and food; drinks only from 4.30pm till close. 15–47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, (02) 4782 1111, www.thecarrington.com.au

The Oriental Hotel, Springwood

The ‘Ori’ is famed in Springwood for its very decent food. In the cooler months there’s a log fire in the hotel section of the heritage building near which you can dine or simply have a drink. If the fireside seats are taken you can always request a table by the gas fires in the dining room. Open 7 days 10am–10pm, Fri–Sat till late. 112 Macquarie Rd, Springwood, (02) 4751 7788, www.oricafe.com.au

Hotel Imperial, Mount Victoria

At the highest point in the Blue Mountains, Mount Victoria is, in a word: cold. Thankfully the Imperial has your open fireplace needs covered, complete with chesterfield lounges nearby, warming pub food and live music on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch. 1 Station St, Mount Victoria, (02) 47871878, www.hotelimperial.com.au

Where’s your favourite log fire in the Blue Mountains? 

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  1. Nick Hood /

    Best fireplaces: The Blue Mountains hotel in Lawson, The Ivanhoe Hotel in Blackheath, and The Imperial Hotel in Mount Victoria

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