This gorgeous wine bar and bistro is like a little slice of Europe in the heart of Bowral. With its laneway-side courtyard peppered with lush green plants, and its eclectic interior furnished with mismatched antique chairs, vintage lamps and old tapestries and artworks, complemented by mellow music filtered softly through the restaurant, it’s like travelling to another era and place.
Harry’s is named for the renowned English nurseryman and horticulturist, Sir Harry Veitch, who dispatched plant hunters across the globe in search of exotic treasures for his wealthy London clientele. Sir Harry also founded the iconic Chelsea Flower Show and he was owner of the largest nursery in London. Through his plant hunting, he is recognised for finding most plants found in modern gardens today.
If you’re lucky in winter, you’ll nab a spot by the open fire, but wherever you sit at any time of year, you will love your experience at Harry’s. I love to sit in the courtyard at night, under the twinkling fairy lights, and pretend I’m in Paris, while I nibble on a warm winter salad or duck terrine, with a local pinot noir, of course.
The menu, which at this time of year ranges from Winter Risotto to Crab Linguine or Coq au Vin, is ever changing with the seasons and the chef sources ingredients locally. There’s even a beautiful Bouillabaisse, which 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.
As for the wine, the list is extensive and varied, with a fantastic selection of local drops (think St Maur and Tertini), plus offerings from Orange (Brangayne) and the Adelaide Hills (La Prova Fiano). There is also a selection of stunning wines from New Zealand’s Central Otago region (Explorer and Hunky Dory). Margaret River has not been forgotten (Voyager Estate), nor has the Barossa Valley (Cirillo) or Victoria’s Alpine Valley (White Stripes). And of course, given its European influences, there’s a great selection of drops from France and Italy.
If you don’t want to commit to lunch or dinner, there’s a fab bar menu that kicks in at 3pm and 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
For more information about living in the Southern Highlands, please visit: belle property.com/bowral
Main picture by Hareth Tayem