## Billy The Greek Billy Diacos opened Billy the Greek in April 2015, and hasn’t stopped for breath since! Staffed with an enthusiastic team, this fun, lively, no-fuss restaurant is an absolute winner. With a menu inspired by Greek culture and a focus on fresh Mediterranean vegetables, Billy the Greek offers a modern twist on traditional Greek food.

Although the restaurant was packed to capacity when we arrived for our booking, service was fast and efficient. The waiters were warm, attentive and knowledgeable with the menu.

The menu has recently been updated for the cooler months, but still offers signature dishes, with something for everyone.

The food was faultless. Tasty, perfectly cooked, beautifully presented, and with portion sizes big enough to satisfy the hungriest diner.

While not a cheap restaurant, the quality of food and size of portions make it good value for money. Thoroughly recommended. One of the best dining experiences in the Hills area. Can’t wait to go back!

Fully licensed (BYO bottled wine only), the restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday, 5:30pm to 11pm, and offers indoor and outdoor seating with wheelchair access.

The restaurant is so popular that two sittings are offered on Friday and Saturday nights. Bookings are recommended.

Billy the Greek
Shop 2, 506 Old Norther Road, Round Corner Dural
Ph: 9651 3933

## Café Saligna Situated within Cumberland State Forest, Australia’s only metropolitan state forest, Café Saligna is an independently run café within the 40 hectare native forest.

Open daily from 9am to 4pm, the café offers a fresh, varied menu that was recently updated. Those preferring their coffee with a bitter palate will appreciate this café’s blend, and what better way to enjoy a beverage than in this tranquil atmosphere?

The menu is modern Australian using fresh ingredients and offering a delightful twist to most dishes — such as a pomegranate molasses drizzle. Meal sizes are acceptable, but a tad pricey.

Positioned within the visitor’s centre, next to the nursery, the café offers multiple indoor and outdoor seating options.

Although the visitors centre is an attractive building which fits well into its environment, its bare walls and high ceilings make for noisy dining and an atmosphere lacking in character or charm.

Wheelchair access and public amenities are available, although the amenities are fairly basic and rustic.

A suggestion — chilled table water upon seating, and improve the ambience in seating areas.

Café Saligna is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. Bookings are recommended.

Café Saligna
95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
Ph: 9873 2955

## Stonehouse Brew Café The suburb of Maroota is located at a high point, some 200 metres above sea level, on the ridge following Great Northern Road (now renamed Old Northern Road). This was in early times the main road, constructed by convict gangs, from Sydney north to Singleton.

Snuggled into a corner of Wisemans Ferry Road sits the Stonehouse Café, constructed of enormous sandstone blocks (hence the name).

While the owners have only taken over the premises since December 2015, they have wasted no time in working toward creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The café’s menu is made up of good, solid staples and what the servings lack in polish and presentation, they more than make up for in portion size and tastiness — probably the best chicken schnitzel I’ve had, and definitely value for money.

At present, the café is waiting for its liquor licence to be approved, then will be serving local beers from Canoelands Brewery. Definitely worth a visit to sample the beers and soak up the atmosphere.

The Stonehouse Café offers rustic amenities and is wheelchair accessible.

Open seven days per week. Monday – Wednesday, 6am to 4pm. Thursday – Saturday, 6am to 9pm, Sunday – 7am to 7.30pm.

Stonehouse Cafe
1370 Wisemans Ferry Rd, Maroota
Ph: 4575 0155

## The House of Herbs and Roses This picturesque little cottage café and nursery is charming, and has been around for over 40 years.

Unfortunately, the nursery and its plants look a little rundown but the same could not be said for the café!

This bustling little establishment is wall to wall full of homewares and other items of interest, but it is certainly not the space for active children with inquisitive fingers.

For all its charm, the space feels cluttered and not very relaxing. Stopping here for afternoon tea, we were greeted by slightly “rushed off their feet” staff.

The extensive menu offers a range of beverages, cakes, scones and high teas.

Our coffee and cake arrived promptly, however, our choice of cake was so cold from the fridge, that its texture was dry, hard and lacked flavour.

Not wheelchair accessible. Open Tuesday to Sunday – 9am to 4pm.

House of Herbs and Roses
745 Old Northern Road, Dural
Ph: 9651 1027