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Two day South Coast & Southern Highlands loop - restaurant reccos please.

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I know it's a bit rich asking you for advice again, when I haven't finished the Canberra jaunt report - and I'll do it tonight. Promise.

In the meantime, my cousin & I are off for a couple of days this week. I've had the Grand Pacific Drive & Sea Cliff Bridge on my radar for a while, and this seems like a good opportunity to combine them with his good company and some culinary adventures. We both like good food, little towns, second hand shops, art galleries and a glass of something refreshing to vanquish dehydration at the end of an exhausting day's roaming.

Rough route: (VERY open to suggested alternatives). Sydney - Grand Pacific Drive - Thirroul - Wollongong - Berry - Shoalhaven Heads - Kangaroo Valley - Exeter - Bundanoon - Sutton Forest - Moss Vale - Bowral - Mittagong - Sydney.

We'll leave Sydney on Wednesday morning, return Thursday evening.
That's two lunches and a good dinner - the latter preferably fairly close to accommodation. Fussier about food than accommodation - quite happy to stay in the local 1950's pub or caravan park cabin, if it's near a stand-out Dinner venue.

I did think about running down to Mollymook to try Rick Stein's offerings at Bannisters, but wondered whether that might be ignoring some equally good/interesting places that you might know about. If we did that, we'd go to Batemans Bay & take the Braidwood road back to the highway & home that way. Not a problem, but I haven't really explored the northern end of the South Coast and it would be nice to do that this time.

A couple of options I've pencilled in are:
Bistro 345 or Samuels at Thirroul,
Berry Woodfired Sourdough Bakery or The Hungry Duck at Berry
Relish at Shellharbour

Thought about Caveau in Wollongong because it has great reviews, but think I'd like to be a little further down the coast for our overnight stay, which is why I wondered about Relish at Shellharbour.

Thursday's lunch will depend on where we are when starvation sets in (can you imagine me starving?)

Thoughts: The cafe at Sturt Gallery (Moss Vale)
Journeyman or Centennial Vineyards at Bowral

Of course, we can be equally happy with whatever looks good as we mosey up the street in any of the towns we go through. But, if you have some comments/recommendations for somewhere to eat, stay or something interesting to see on our little jaunt, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance.

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