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Barrel 58 Restaurant is one of the Hawkesbury’s most famous landmarks along the Bells Line of Road. Formally known as the Kurmond Roadhouse, Maxwell’s Table and later, Kurmond Wine Bar and Grill, the restaurant maintained a reputation for fine food and wine, causing it to become a frequent stop for travellers over the Great Divide, and also a popular dining location for many locals.

The name Barrel 58 reflects on the areas long standing agricultural traditions of the area which date back to the 1800s. The orchard growers and farmers used to use barrels to store their produce, including apple cider vinegar, olive oil, wine, and honey. The name barrel which would have been used during the time of settlement in the area. The reference to ‘barrel’ also touches on a personal connection the new owners of Barrel 58 have with apple farming in Bilpin. The family of proprietor, Peter Lee, own the popular Pines Orchard which is renowned for their apple & peach growing. Local apples are used in the production of apple cider vinegar, apple juice and other products which can be readily bought in local supermarkets and stores. These items were traditionally stored and transported in barrels.

The number 58 is used in the naming of the restaurant to signify the length of time the building has been established in Kurmond and a tribute to the original owners, Marlene & John Healy, whom opened the Kurmond Roadhouse on November 2nd 1958. The land the restaurant stands on was originally Soldier Settlement land purchased by Marlene’s grandparents after World War I. Marlene & John, with their children, ran the Kurmond Roadhouse for 22 years before selling. John and Marlene were also heavily involved with community groups and volunteer work for over 17 years. The Healy Family put their heart and soul into building and operating the Kurmond Roadhouse, so the 58 incorporated in the naming of the new restaurant is a tribute to them and all they did for the Hawkesbury community.

From the time the restaurant first opened it has consistently had a reputation for fine food and wine, which the new owners are keen to maintain.

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