Hard work is the secret to Harvest's success
ACCOLADES keep on coming for Newrybar's Harvest Cafe with the popular dining destination named as the second best Aussie restaurant for a weekend getaway.
Harvest was only pipped at the post by rural Victorian restaurant Brae, in Birregurra, south-west of Melbourne, which was this week announced as the 87th best restaurant in the world.
Co-owner Brooke Hudson said when the Harvest team found out the news, it lifted their spirits.
"We're all pretty stoked; the chef is bouncing around and he's very happy," she said.
"We are totally humbled to be in such amazing company because Nu Nu, which is the restaurant that's listed behind us, is a two hatted restaurant.
"It's a lovely pat on the back for many years of hard work and us focusing on honouring our ethos, which is fresh, local, sustainable, but doing it with that level of professionalism and elegance that we have always carried ourself with."
Travellers made up more than 30% of customers on weekends, Ms Hudson said.
"We're finding that a lot of people are driving down from Brisbane and the Gold Coast for lunch which is fantastic ... they are tying it in with going to the farmers' markets which is seeing Byron being that weekend destination to come to," she said.
And the secret to Harvest's success?
"We focus on what we are doing. We are all about our customers, not competitors," she said.
"Ultimately it's making sure that we are doing the best job that we can do and constantly trying to better ourselves."
Here's some of what News Limited reported about Harvest: "It's Australia's hub of hippy culture, where anyone who doesn't live green, eat organic and celebrate all things sustainable is seen as an outsider.
"It might be tough to make all those elements work for a fine dining experience, but Harvest Cafe - and take the name rather literally with this one - does it with style.
"Harvest Cafe has built its reputation upon using food from the surrounding farming communities. They even have a farm out the back of their property, so no matter what you're having, you'll be tasting the seasonal flavours of northern NSW."