Road food is always a contentious category for me. I simply won’t dine if it means eating mass-produced junk food. Cue me: scouring our planned route to NSW’s Central West for something approximating real food. I scored well with The Hive Berambing, a small grey shed with polished cement flooring and varnished wood details.
While it might be roadside on the Bells Line of Road, the food it produces is honest and inexpensive, plus there’s also the opportunity to team your visit with a spot of produce shopping.
They’re the home of Bilpin Bush Honey, so there are opportunities to taste creamed, cinnamon creamed, and raw bush honey, while you wait for your food.
Locally produced products take pride of place in their small range, with Hillbilly Cider and Wirraninna Ridge apple cider vinegar from nearby Bilpin, both standing out on the shelves.
Outside you’ll find straw-filled wooden crates with fresh produce. Picture-perfect oranges, lemons, pink lady apples and pecan nuts were on offer during my recent visit.
Fresh produce is put to good effect in their own range of products, like the house-made Spicy Tomato Relish ($10/400g).
You can try it before you buy it with The Hive Sausage Roll ($6) for an extra fifty cents. This pork-mince filled sausage roll is flaky and honest.
The sesame seed-studded Vegetarian Roll ($6) is even better against the chunky, round tomato relish.
On the succinct menu, you’ll also find this relish put to good use on the Vegetarian Toastie ($12.50). It's pitted against golden, freshly-grilled haloumi cheese, avocado and a generous helping of tangy sauerkraut on a toasted flat roll. It’s a generous size, big enough to share if you both want to try their baked products too.
Drink options include Remedy’s lovely Lemon, Lime & Mint Organic Kombucha, a range of coffees, including Iced Coffee ($6), and a clever Banana Turmeric Smoothie ($9). Made with a blend of bananas, walnuts, yoghurt, almond milk, honey and LSA mix (linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds); it’s nutty with a nice kick of turmeric - perfect for fuelling your onward journey.
The Hive Berambing
6-18 Bells Line of Road, Berambing
Ph: (02) 4567 2590