Bistro daz­zles with art, food and mu­sic

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A visit to the warm and invit­ing Vil­lage Bistro in Bathurst is the per­fect an­ti­dote to what­ever earthly con­cerns you might have.

As you walk in, you’ll re­ceive a wel­com­ing smile from ei­ther Anne Hart­ley, co-owner Lizz Briggs or the charm­ing Mar­itza van Wyk, and from then un­til you re­luc­tantly drag your­self away later, the con­vivi­al­ity will con­tinue un­abated.

The Vil­lage Bistro opened their doors dur­ing last year’s Christ­mas sea­son and the en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port they re­ceived then has been sus­tained even out of sea­son. Vis­i­tors to the quaint and en­dear­ing ham­let of Bathurst are spoilt for choice when it comes to de­cid­ing on a place to eat out, but some­how the bistro has man­aged to carve for it­self a niche that is all its own.

Ev­ery­thing about it is quirky, and, on ar­rival, you’ll be asked to se­lect an artist and you will then be given a board to be placed on your table bear­ing that artist’s name. “Sorry,” you might be told, “Pi­casso’s gone but how about van Gogh, or would you pre­fer Batiss?”

That will iden­tify you for or­der­ing pur­poses and then, while you de­lib­er­ate on what to or­der from the eclec­tic and var­ied op­tions avail­able, your eyes will scan the paint­ings on the wall, most the work of tal­ented lo­cal artist Ch­ery­lyn Hoey, and it all adds fur­ther to the aes­thetic ap­peal of the place.

The dé­cor is warm, vi­brant and the colour choices on walls work well. It all blends per­fectly to give visual ex­pres­sion to the feel­ing that you could well ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing re­moved from the ba­nal­ity of your more reg­u­lar world.

Old vinyl records are used as place mats and, in the very un­likely event that you and your part­ner need a lit­tle men­tal stim­u­lus, you could al­ways ask each other Triv­ial Pur­suit ques­tions from the cards on your table.

If you would like your week to cul­mi­nate on a high note, then the bistro would be well worth a visit on a Sun­day evening.

Bathurst punches above its weight in so many fields of artis­tic en­deav­our and the mu­si­cal tal­ent would be no ex­cep­tion. On any Sun­day night, be­tween about 6-9pm, there will al­ways be live mu­sic of high qual­ity and va­ri­ety. Anne’s ar­ti­sanal bread, baked in a wood-fired oven, is much in de­mand. They do not yet have a liquor li­cence so you can bring your own. They do not levy a cork­age charge.

DIN­ING TO MU­SIC: The tal­ented duo of co-owner Anne Hart­ley on pi­ano ac­cor­dion, with her hus­band Barry on gui­tar, also per­form at the Vil­lage Bistro

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