The Blue Bird Café, Lockhart
Louise Anderson and Roger Brand didn’t initially intend to open a café, but rather they wanted to preserve a piece of Australia’s cultural history.
The Blue Bird Café is housed in an historic building which was constructed in 1903. From its humble beginnings as an oyster bar and general store (a forerunner to the national institutions known as Greek cafés), The Blue Bird Café in Lockhart remains an important landmark in the Riverina. With the aim to restore the traditional Art Deco milk bar cafe furnishings and appeal (and a knack for whipping up culinary delights), Louise and Roger are preserving The Blue Bird’s heritage.
Combining 1930s décor with a unique collection of second-hand books, the café offers more than just great food and service. As a former librarian, Louise hand picks the collection to offer quality reading and has had many compliments on the distinctive selection available.
House made award-winning pies and gluten-free speciality meals make The Blue Bird even more alluring to visitors, with the café winning the gluten-free category in last year’s Official Great Aussie Pie Competition. Aspiring to take their fare to wider expanses, they feature at the Wagga Wagga Eat Local Thursday market. Offering cakes, sauces, fudge and snacks (which are all gluten-free), Louise and Roger sell and buy from the organic markets to produce their mouth-watering delicacies and are constantly looking to support other local provedores in the Riverina.
Check out the Autumn 2015 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.
104 Green St Lockhart
(02) 6920 5559
Open weekends and public holidays