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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crackenback Cottage

"There being no place, like this place, near this place, this must be the place!"

My husband, Nick, and I have an absolute love affair with the picturesque Crackeback Cottage. Nestled below Mount Crackeback in Australia's beautiful alpine region the cottage and its warm fire, delicious food, and friendly staff and owners make the place magic.

The original cottage is one of the oldest in the region, and has been standing since 1884's by the McEvoy family, one of the earliest families to settle in the area.

We've enjoyed many (many MANY!) delicious scones with (home made) blackberry jam and cream warmed by the fireplace in the beautiful dining room, and run around the huge wooden maze laughing till we're dizzy and stupid on many an occassion!

I have to say that the food at Crackenback cottage is beautiful, and would meet the exectation of any city-dwelling diner, with SMH saying: "Crackenback Cottage is a fine example of how inner city culinary expectations can be adapted to lift and enhance country life."

On our most recent (of many) visits to the snowy region, and our very favourite restaurant, we had a quick meal. We thoroughly enjoyed a serve of 'potato skins' (home made and much thinner cut wedges of kiphler potato) with chilli chutney and apple aoli. Nick had a lunch of home made lamb pie, with lamb so tender it was falling apart, accompanied by a delicious potato mash, as good as you'll get anywhere. I was in for a real treat when my risotto with Goat's milk curd and olive tapenade came out.

I honestly can't recommend the cottage enough. There are so many things to do and are in this beautiful part of the country, but Crackenback is an absolute must for any foodie-type.

We have never had to make a booking to be seated for lunch, though they are often busy, but if you would like a table for dinner, or are visiting anytime between mid-May to October (during ski-season), make sure you call ahead.


For bookings call: + 61 (0)2 6456 2601
Address: Alpine Way, Thredbo Valley, NSW 2627 Australia

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