The Mill Cafe Bowral

Bowral's Bohemian Enclave
Pie Time

The Mill Cafe Bowral is a large warehouse whose bohemian style interior wouldn’t be out of place along a street in Sydney suburbs like Surry Hills, Darlinghurst or Newtown. It’s eclectic display of murals, local artwork and exposed brick decor would bring out the hipster in just about anyone. And, for a cafe this size, it was almost full when we visited on a regular Tuesday lunchtime in winter.

Enjoy a well-cooked pie by the fire at the Mill Cafe in Bowral.

The Mill Cafe is attached to an appealing co-working space for design agencies and budding entrepreneurs. The theme continues out the back where every third Friday of the month the Fri-yay event happens. Think craft beer, dumplings, pho, cheese and Russian crepes. Quite a mix! Plus, a gold coin donation on entry goes to local and international charities.

the mill cafe bowral

The Mill Precinct is home to Fri-YaY celebrations on the third Friday of every month.

Running Stats:

  • Distance: 2.5km
  • Pie Time: 0:15

Pie Charts:

The Pie Time special, a beef and ebony porter pie was not available on our visit so we deferred to the Chicken and Mushroom Pie which was the pie of the day.  Now, I have a high personal disregard for mushrooms, so I took one for the team in this case because of Pie Time and let’s just say I was not disappointed. And, Erin ordered the fish cakes which were amazing.

  • Pies: Chicken & mushroom, served with salad on a parsnip mash; Fish cakes & salad
  • Pastry: The pastry broke away effortlessly and was a definite butter based pastry, no vege shortening here folks.
  • Filling: Large pieces of chicken surrounded by a creamy gravy made this pie a real hit. There was no overpowering mushroom taste at all. The mash had a nice texture and sharpness to it as well.
  • Cost: $18
  • Sauce tax: None. Though for this gourmet, dine-in pie. No need for the sauce in this case.
mill cafe bowral fish cakes

Not obliged to try the pie, Erin ordered the fish cakes. It rivalled the chicken pie for taste!

Southern Highlands Pie Trail Run

The Southern ‘Pielands’ Trail Run went for the month of June. As ambassadors for ‘Pie time’ we ran to all of the 26 bakeries on the official Pie Trail to see what they had to offer. See our reviews of all 26 bakeries, their stories and their pies.

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Ever since venturing out the back gate into the bush as a kid, I've had a curiosity to escape and explore as often as I could. It's fair to say that my curiosity has continued to grow instead of fade as the years go on. It eventually came time to turn a few scribbled notes into some legible stories and travel tips for anyone with a similar curiosity as me.

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