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Best Known For

Warm Thai beef salad, with marinated fillet steak and fresh herbs.

About The Fernery Bistro

Built in 1925, the aptly named Heritage Hotel Motel in Dorrigo is home to The Fernery Bistro, a family-friendly venue of choice for both locals and those travelling through. Constructed by Michael Feros, the grandeur of this heritage listed locale is a classic example of Australian architecture, maintaining a timeless style from the inside out. Furnished with original dining room tables topped with Dorrigo hoop pine, the bistro radiates with warm homely touches of honey toned wood, exposed brick and lush ferns. Mango, seafood, fresh herbs and light refreshing salads reflect dishes on the menu, as seen in offerings like tropical green mango salad, with crunchy squid; or hand rolled chicken Kiev with Caesar salad, alongside old faithfuls such as parmigiana, schnitzel and a range of pizzas.

Location & Map

Cnr Hickory & Cudgery Streets, Dorrigo 2453 NSW - See Map

Features & Facilities

Payments Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Eftpos

Seats: 100   Chef: Head Chef: Stephen Locke. Chefs: Shaun Pearson and Robert Summerhayes.  

Opening Hours

Mon  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Mon  5:30:PM - 8:00:PM
Tue  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Tue  5:30:PM - 8:00:PM
Wed  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Wed  6:00:PM - 8:30:PM
Thu  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Thu  5:30:PM - 8:00:PM
Fri  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 8:00:PM
Sat  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Sat  5:30:PM - 8:00:PM
Sun  11:30:AM - 2:00:PM
Sun  5:30:PM - 8:00:PM

Groups & Functions

  • Up to 50 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Dinner Party

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Member Reviews (1)


Tiny Town - Huge Menu
he Fernery Bistro at the Heritage Motel in Dorrigo has a menu that runs to four blackboards and making choices takes some whitling down. There was a board of A La Carte offerings, one with your typical pub fare (all under $20), one with Wood fired Pizzas and one with Desserts (trust me- if you can manage dessert after finishing their very generously portioned mains then you're a better man than I am). We settled on the Crispy skinned Hoi Sin Duck with Orange Glaze served with local King Prawn Fried Rice and the Slow cooked Lamb Shanks served with Green Beans, Creamy Mash and Lamb Jus. The duck was as described - Delightfully Crispy skinned and tender and succulent within. The sweetness of the Orange Glaze and Hoi Sin set if off perfectly. The Fried rice was surprisingly 'buttery' in flavour and very tasty. My husband was salivating over the Shanks before his first mouthful. The lamb fell away from the bone and was tender and juicy. The Jus was perfect and the deep fried sweet potato shavings gave a sweet and crunchy edge to an otherwise traditional shank. It's honestly worth a visit to Dorrigo just to eat here. (PS- They also have Waterfalls up there)