We’d driven past this charmingly converted cornerstore a few times, and gazed into the windows to the inviting white tablecloth-draped tables, wooden floors and art nouveau stained glass centre counter. Around the corner, this place also has the best preserved ‘Billy Tea’ painted ad splashed across its walls I’ve so far seen in the region, so it’s had me intrigued from the get-go.
So I decided it was finally time to rock up to The Rocking Horse Lounge with The Italian to celebrate our anniversary, and as part of my official ‘research’ into how to #livelikealocal.
While #OrangeNSW is justifiably proud of its Chef Hat restaurants – Racine, Lolli Redini and Tonic – there are some real local gems hidden away that you only have to search a little bit to find. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you The Rocking Horse Lounge.
I’m not quite sure what I loved the most, it’s all kind of Parisian dark wood art nouveau/1910s with tables in nooks & crannies in there. We were given the best seats in the house in the old store window, which meant we could gaze out watching the sunset drop dramatically while sipping the house sparkling Printhie Swift Cuvee from local vineyard Printhie Wines (“forget the French stuff, drink this” says The Italian).
The menu is $50 for two courses or $60 for three. We had pork belly with figs and sauerkraut, finished with a creme caramel and the best shortbread either of us has ever eaten in our lives, and polished the evening off with a Printhie Reisling. Fairly safe to say, it was an evening of being in love at, and with, The Rocking Horse Lounge.
Find The Rocking Horse Lounge 211 Byng Street, Orange. For bookings call 02 6369 1483. It’s Casual Dining and they’re open for lunch Tues-Fri and dinner Tues-Sat.