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To say we are excited about this latest announcement is an understatement! Bar Botanica is the newest and most exciting food destination on the NSW Central Coast and has officially opened its doors!

Bar Botanica sits alongside the Distillery Botanica gin distillery who produce the award-winning Moore’s gin and liquors along with cult-favourite ‘Mr Black’ espresso liquor.


You will feel as though you have whizzed back in time to the 1970s when you step inside this rustic oasis, complete with hand-painted botanical motifs by local artist, Nicole Berlach, and interiors designed by local outfit, Stewart & Highfield. Abundant with greenery and a variety of plant life also available to take home!

Open from mid-morning to late afternoon, Bar Botanica’s casual dining is themed on an ‘elevenses’ concept, an old English term referring to a light snack taken at eleven in the morning. Bar Botanica is extending this concept beyond the morning – for elegant, casual dining throughout the day, offering a relaxing garden backdrop for a quick bite, coffee or a long lazy picnic.

Julia and Dan Hughes (aka Mr Goaty Gelato), are the creators. They relocated from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs a few years back, where Dan worked for Bronte restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, before turning his hand to his award winning gelato.

The Bar Botanica menu features perfectly balanced classic dishes inspired by places Dan has worked including restaurants, five-star hotels and private homes in London, Monaco, Spain, France and Switzerland.

Menu highlights include a chicken liver parfait with Distillery Botanica blackcurrant liquor, a traditional ploughman’s lunch incorporating a Moore’s Gin-spiked cheddar crafted from local producers Little Creek Cheese, garden-marinated olives, a chicken with tarragon and mustard leaf sandwich, seasonal salads, 14 house-made flavours of gelato and sorbet, along with daily baked pastries, tarts and cakes with house-made preserves and accompaniments. Yum. Yum. Triple yum!


Once the café is licensed, Distillery Botanica gin, Hunter Valley wines and local Six String beer will also be on offer.


By winter, a series of pop-up dinners will be announced, with meals prepared by Dan Hughes and local wines served by the High Tide Bar.

Bring on winter!


Bar Botanica is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm, located at 25 Portsmouth Road, Erina.


More information can be found at and


To find out more about Mr Goaty Click here

Images Provided

Curated by Jodie Wolf, TLSE




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