We might only be just off the freeway, but when you arrive at Saddles, it’s been often described as a feeling of being a million miles away. Part of the Saddles experience, is turning off at the Mount White exit and suddenly being immersed in the rural landscape and expansive bush outlook. Saddles isn’t just a dining space, it’s a destination and a key part of our philosophy – we celebrate all that is Australiana. But what does this mean exactly? Let us explain.
When you walk through the entrance, you’ll immediately feel that you’ve stepped into a luxury country homestead. The building itself has been thoughtfully designed, a nod to Aussie nostalgia with touches of recycled timber and marble, brass accents and a pitched, barn style roof. And, all the sandstone used in and around the property has proudly been sourced locally from Mount White.
Then, there are the famous saddles chairs. You know them well. A key feature of the restaurant – and regularly photographed – they encompass everything that is ‘Saddles’. The chairs were curated and personally designed by one of Australia’s most renowned horse trainers and saddlery master, Heath Harris, who regularly crafts saddles for John Singleton’s nearby horse stud, Strawberry Hills. And, if you’re lucky, you may witness a horse or two make their way down to the restaurant.
At the heart of the building proudly sits a generously sized fireplace, perfect for when the temperature drops in the wintertime. And of course, there’s ample space to dine inside or outside, with a large wrap-around verandah, typical of a traditional Australian homestead, providing visitors with stunning views of the surroundings and beyond.
Saddles sits on 28 acres of sprawling bushland and the homestead itself, surrounded by gardens, including Australian natives, Gymea Lily, Angophora, Banksia, Flowering Gum and Wattle. At the heart of the property, one of the main attractions is one of the area’s largest dams – an iconic example of Australian, country living. And, the dam isn’t just for show. The water is used to regularly irrigate the nursery and surrounding gardens. As a result, Saddles attracts an abundance of native wildlife and birds. You might catch a wallaby nearby or may even be lucky enough to meet the property’s resident hand-reared black swans.
A restaurant isn’t a restaurant without a thoughtfully curated menu. And, the Australiana philosophy translates well across our dishes. It’s wholesome and hearty whilst at the same time, elegant and beautifully presented. Where possible, the kitchen uses as many native ingredients as including Lemon Myrtle, Pepper Berry and Strawberry Gum and, we only choose to partner with local or Australian suppliers. At Saddles, we follow the seasons, meaning our menu changes regularly to suit. However, you’ll always have the classics to choose from including our gourmet take on the Aussie meat pie and sausage roll. For something sweet, indulge in our modern interpretation of the humble Lamington.
When it comes to the wine and drink list, naturally we’ve kept things close to home. Pick from some of the best Australian winemakers and breweries from around the country. And, when you fancy something special, our cocktail list features a range of local spirit distillers and makers.
Time to take a trip to Saddles?
It’s all these individual elements that make our venue so unique. We’re proud of our Australiana philosophy, a nod to the country lifestyle and the bushland that surrounds us. If you’re ready to experience all that is Saddles, we always suggest booking ahead as we can get very busy.
We look forward to welcoming you to our homestead and can’t wait to share the magic with you soon.