Wedding Anniversary Lunch
Two years ago we married here by the water at Berowra Waters Inn

Two years ago we married here by the water at Berowra Waters Inn

The jetty made a perfect aisle

The jetty made a perfect aisle

Husband Geoff enjoys his tempura oysters with vichyssoise

Husband Geoff enjoys his tempura oysters with vichyssoise

White Peach Souffle 

White Peach Souffle 

The gorgeous sugar flower wedding cake

The gorgeous sugar flower wedding cake

The tables set for the wedding guests

The tables set for the wedding guests

We were married at Berowra Waters Inn two years ago now. So we returned to celebrate our anniversary. Some things have changed, Dietmar Sawyere no longer runs the place and there's a new chef at the helm, Brian Geraghty and we were pleased to find the food was as fresh, innovative and artistic as that of his predecessor. 

We were also happy to see a familiar face at the helm of the boat that ferries you across and he remembered us too. With all the confusion of Tony Bilson coming and going the restaurant staff themselves had lost track of our reservation and the small fact that it wasn't only our anniversary but that we had been married at that very same spot. 

It was sad to see the beautiful old fireplaces covered up with plain white render and the lovely woven timber lampshades were gone, replaced with odd paintings and reminiscences of when Tony Bilson first ran the place.

In the end these were small disappointments compared to our relief that the food was still wonderful, if at a far more rushed through pace then the leisurely slow stroll of plates that we'd enjoyed previously.

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Oysters with a cucumber jelly and lemon foam

Oysters with a cucumber jelly and lemon foam

Tuna Tartare with olives

Tuna Tartare with olives

Spring Vegetables with liquorice crumb. This was followed by Duck with peach jelly bits but we were distracted and forgot to take a photo until we'd demolished it. 

Spring Vegetables with liquorice crumb. This was followed by Duck with peach jelly bits but we were distracted and forgot to take a photo until we'd demolished it. 

Slow cooked beef / chicken ballotine with crispy potato cakes, mash and a poached lettuce leaf.  My husband can't eat beef so one thing we particularly liked was that the substitute meal was the same, all the other flavours were maintained and only the meat changed so we could both share the gasps of amazement at the  joyously rich and crispy potato.

Slow cooked beef / chicken ballotine with crispy potato cakes, mash and a poached lettuce leaf. 

My husband can't eat beef so one thing we particularly liked was that the substitute meal was the same, all the other flavours were maintained and only the meat changed so we could both share the gasps of amazement at the  joyously rich and crispy potato.

Cheese course. The goats cheese was served with an onion sorbet and hazelnuts. The sorbet was interesting but a bit too overpowering for everything else. 

Cheese course. The goats cheese was served with an onion sorbet and hazelnuts. The sorbet was interesting but a bit too overpowering for everything else. 

Two ducks swim past. A lucky omen in our family. 

Two ducks swim past. A lucky omen in our family. 

A simple and refreshing pre-dessert of meringue shards in cassis sauce

A simple and refreshing pre-dessert of meringue shards in cassis sauce

Dessert of roast peaches with a hazelnut crumb and creme fraiche 

Dessert of roast peaches with a hazelnut crumb and creme fraiche 

It's always the most perfect place to enjoy a long lunch, watching the other boats go past along the river, making the most of a sunny weekend. 

It's always the most perfect place to enjoy a long lunch, watching the other boats go past along the river, making the most of a sunny weekend. 

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A successful catch from one of the fishing enthusiasts

A successful catch from one of the fishing enthusiasts

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