The Central Coast’s new dining destination

31 May, 2018 by
Brittney Levinson

New South Wales’ Central Coast has welcomed a new eatery and country bakehouse, dubbed Saddles, by husband and wife team Cameron and Hayley Cansdell.

Located in Mount White on 28 acres of bushland, the new dining destination marks the pair’s third Central Coast venue, joining bombini restaurant at Avoca Beach and fish dining at Point Frederick.

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Cameron has designed seasonally-focused à la carte dining and bakehouse menus, while both have overseen the functionality of the dining spaces and kitchen that will accommodate cooking classes and demonstrations in the near future.

The Saddles menu highlights Cameron’s simple and ethical approach to food highlighting in-season produce and heirloom varieties cultivated from the onsite kitchen garden.

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The menu includes a selection of house-made charcuterie, tomato and mustard flaky pastry tart, kitchen-garden salads, Roast Little Hill farm chicken, grilled rainbow trout with lemon and chive butter.

Daily desserts on display include baked chocolate mousse cake, traditional rhubarb pies, custard tarts and honey cream rolls. The bakery offering includes house-made sourdough breads, pastries, sweet tarts, cakes and Australian classics including meat pies with grass-fed beef cheeks and wine, pork and fennel sausage rolls and lamingtons.

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“It’s an incredible spot that lets diners feel like they are in the middle of the bush, a million miles from care, yet we’re only minutes off the motorway,” says Cameron. “We want Saddles to become the ‘must-stop’ for everyone now, and in many years to come.”

The dining space overlooks a prominent waterfall feature at the front of the property, and features a large deck space situated over an oversized dam for waterside dining.

A project of The John Singleton Group and White Dickson Architects, the venture involves the award-winning team of Michelle Leslie Design to oversee the interior style and Blair Build responsible for construction.

Saddles has been a “lifelong dream” of John Singleton, a long-time supporter and local of the NSW Central Coast, recognising the potential of the region as a thriving tourism and business destination.

“Cameron and Hayley’s energy, experience and inspired vision make them the perfect team to lead the charge at Saddles,” says Singleton. “They are confident in their approach and the offering they want to deliver to visiting diners, which is entirely in sync with the standard of service I’m looking for at Saddles.”