The Lewers Bequest (or Cafe at Lewers) is located within the Penrith Regional Gallery, looking out onto the Nepean River. The beautiful heritage garden area invites people to relax and take in the exquisite scenery and flora. You have a choice of sitting uncover, in the open air at tables or on the ground with a provided picnic blanket. Accessing this beautiful location is a short distance from the M4, with ample on-site parking at the side of the gallery, however this could be easily missed if you were not aware of it due to limited signage.
Breakfast is available Tuesday – Sunday from 8am – 11.30am, catering for a wide variety of taste. Prices vary from $6 (toast with your choice of spread) to $19 (Lewers appetising big breakfast) with the ability to customise your meal to meet your taste.
Lunch commences from 12pm daily (excluding Monday), concluding at 3.30pm. The Pumpkin and Quinoa Bruschetta with Moroccan spiced pumpkin and quinoa on toasted sourdough with house made labneh, toasted seed and Mudgee Extra Virgin olive oil was particularly delicious and worth the trip back to The Lewers Bequest. Prices on the lunch menu range from $13 to $24 and cater for even the fussiest eater. Should you be looking for something a little lighter or something to satisfy the sweet tooth, a light eats and sweets are available throughout the day.
The kids menu consist of a ham and cheese roll, Baked Cheese Fries and Cuppa Soup, however some other items on the menu are likely to satisfy the younger ones just as much as the adults.
Locally sourced items are used to make The Lewers Bequest meals delightful to the taste buds and memorable. Staff are friendly and helpful, however can be mistaken for customers as they wear casual clothing making it difficult to seek assistance initially.
Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest is ideal for kids of any age, with the grass area providing for ample space for even the youngest child to explore. For older children, there is various garden areas to discover while still being close to parents. A chalk board is available for the young artist to create their own masterpieces. During the school holidays art classes are available to children at an additional cost, with bookings being essential.
For activities before or after your feast, the Penrith Regional Gallery is worth a look and is free to enter (open 9am -5pm daily), with exhibits changing on a regular basis. Should you feel like a stroll, you are able to walk along the Nepean River which has beautiful spots to take in the scenery and relax.