Harry’s on Green Lane is a gorgeous wine bar and bistro that’s like a slice of Europe in the heart of Bowral. It’s one of my favourite places to visit in the region.
It’s situated in a laneway-side courtyard, which is peppered with lush green plants. The eclectic interior is furnished with mismatched antique chairs, vintage lamps and old tapestries and artworks. The mellow music filtered softly through the restaurant only enhances this ambience. It’s truly like travelling to another era and place.
Harry’s On Green Lane History
Renowned English nurseryman and horticulturist, Sir Harry Veitch is the inspiration behind the restaurant’s name. Sir Harry notably founded the iconic Chelsea Flower Show and was owner of the largest nursery in London. He is recognised for finding most plants found in modern gardens today.
You’ll nab a spot by the open fire, if you’re lucky in winter. But wherever you sit at any time of year, you’ll love your experience at Harry’s. You can usually find me in the courtyard at night, under the twinkling fairy lights. I pretend I’m in Paris, while I nibble on a warm winter salad, with a local pinot noir, of course.
The menu changes seasonally, but you can expect delights such as Crab Linguine or Coq au Vin. All ingredients are locally sourced, as much as is possible. The Bouillabaisse will transport your tastebuds straight to Marseilles. Meat eaters will love the Beef Bourguignonne with Paris mash and green beans. Vegans will also love Harry’s as many of its dishes can be adapted to suit your dietary requirements. Hint: try the Risotto!
Time For Wine
The wine list is extensive and varied. There’s a fantastic selection of local drops (think St Maur and Tertini), plus offerings from Orange and the Adelaide Hills. You’ll also find a selection of stunning wines from New Zealand’s Central Otago region. Margaret River has not been forgotten, nor has the Barossa Valley or Victoria’s Alpine Valley. And of course, there’s a great selection of drops from France and Italy, given its European influences.
If you don’t want to commit to lunch or dinner, there’s a fab bar menu that kicks in at 3pm. It features warm olives, shoestring fries, house smoked salmon, Barbers Vintage Cheddar and Fritto Misto.
Harry’s is open 7 days per week for lunch and for dinner on Friday and Saturday night.
Harry’s on Green Lane
15-17 Banyette St
Tel: 02 4862 2983
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Main picture by Hareth Tayem