Leaving the Beach Cottage for Bill Granger’s Place

Thu 4th, Mar, 2010

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Howdy chicks!

Call me one insular little cottage lover who doesn’t get out much but I’ve been looking forward to a trip to bill’s (note the non-capital) for what seems like ever.

Kindly organised by my friend lg and encompassing a walk around the trendy Surrey Hills district of Sydney..

For me, there aren’t many better ways to spend a few hours…a morning of strolling, old Sydney buildings, sighing and gourmet pleasure.  What more could a transplated English gal in Sydney ask for?


Bill Granger is the Sydneysider who learned to cook in a domestic kitchen and according to the Sydney Morning Herald ‘everyone wants Bill Granger in their kitchen’ and it was his scrambled eggs that made him famous.

A bit like Britain’s Jamie Oliver…although without the contrived Cockney accent and complete with obligatory Sydney sunshine..and like lovely Jamie you’ll see a Bill Granger cookbook casually gracing the bookshelves of many an Australian home…

You see it’s all about fuss-free food, simple ingredients, delightful informality… and eggs…

And so that’s what we went for a morning of easy pleasure, breakfast, coffee…and eggs…though actually the fritters were looking pretty hot too…


a long leisurely breakfast…


 …and strolling the best old Sydney eye candy


ahem we left our beach attire at home & mooched with the trendies…heaven forbid if we’d worn thongs ;-)

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boutique shopping heaven…


a little stop at the White Horse Hotel?


how about an amble on Bourke?


watch the world go by on a city balcony…


perhaps a treat from Sparkle Cupcakes?


and best of all dreaming of life in one of these…


So I’ll be seeing you gals, fancy a trip to bill’s with me?

 don’t forget commenting on this post = an entry to the Australian Country Style GIVEAWAY(yep you can enter if you’re in the US).


you can find the outtakes of our daytrip off the beaches here…

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0 Responses to “Leaving the Beach Cottage for Bill Granger’s Place”

  1. Julie-Ann says:

    Gorgeous pictures Sarah.
    I love his food almost as much as I love the kitchen on his cooking show. All that white and pastel colours mixed with a good dose of Aussie sunshine:)
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tricia Rose says:

    and what’s wrong with thongs?

  3. Jackie says:

    Yum Bill makes eggs look delicious, and I dont like them….Love all of the photos, they are gorgeous you really got some great angle shots in there and a couple of cuties too! Hoping that you had a fab time!! I would just love to feature your blog on my soon, if there is ok with you?????

  4. mandy says:

    Fab photos Sarah… beautiful buildings, gates, terraces… they all seem to fall at your feet. I never see the beautiful things you do when I’m out and about.
    I’m going for a walk again, and this time I’m determined to see the world as you do, you are truly inspirational…thank you.

  5. Debbie Koperski says:

    you are so blessed…and such a blessing to so many of us.

  6. Angie says:

    Ohh how divine, I would love to have walked in your shoes yesterday. It looks like you had a great time.

  7. lg says:

    It sure was a lovely morning – still dreaming of those delicious eggs!!!!

  8. Lark says:

    If the food is as good as it looks in the pictures, I’d love to join you at bill’s!!! What a great day that would be.

  9. Tina says:

    Oh Sarah – I can’t tell you how homesick for Sydney this post has made me!! Love ‘bills’ and Surrey Hills…*crying now* ;) I have all of Bill’s cookbooks so off I go to make my favourite BG lambshanks recipe for dinner:) Gorgeous pics by the way! So happy to see you enjoyed your day, thanks for sharing ~ Tina xx

  10. DeAna says:

    Is that foot wear or the under kind? `

  11. DeAna says:

    I didn’t mean to hit enter, I wasn’t finished. Thank you for the sights. As of now, I only dream of visiting Australia. Someday…until then, I’ll check in on your blog daily.

  12. Kathleen H of Indiana says:

    Thanks for the trip Sarah. Such fun, I enjoyed the pics and didn’t want it to end. Glad you had a great day! So beautiful there.

  13. annie says:

    What a fun day! I so enjoy girl days!!
    bill’s sounds great — I’d forgotten about fritters–used to make corn fritters for the kids all the time and I haven’t made them in years. I will whip up a batch soon.
    You know the city is great, but most of those people, even with their beautiful balconies are dreaming of a simple little cottage on the beach…

  14. Mary says:

    I would love to tour around Sydney and see sights such as these – a little bit shabby and off the beaten track perhaps? This is where one gets the true feeling of place…….the back streets and alleys, less trendy perhaps but more history has seeped into the old stone and chippy wood. Loved it all.

    Thanks Sarah………..and I do love scrambled eggs!

  15. Morning T says:

    What a fun getaway Sarah and your images are lovely! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

  16. Brigid says:

    Sounds (and looks:-) like it was perfect day. Surrey Hills looks like a fun place to wander (will have to make a note in my travel file!) Happy day-B

  17. Felicia says:

    I’m making notes of all the places I want to visit. That sounds wonderful. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

  18. Alison Gibbs says:

    What a wonderful way to spend a morning.

  19. debbie says:

    Nice breakky! Gee your photography skills are really improving. You have the eye;)

  20. Oh-la-la! Love the photos, what a dreamy day…

  21. Kerry says:

    Oh what fabulous blog timing you have. I’m off to Sydney tomorrow to visit my daughter who lives in Potts Point. Surry Hills most definitely on the agenda. Note to self…pack camera!

  22. Patti says:

    Those eggs look so creamy!! Yum! I love little areas where the shopping is great and the restaurants are too…and cupcakes are my favorite!! Looks like a good day was had by you and your lucky friend!! Thanks for the great pictures like we were there too!!

  23. Li Lehtola says:

    Very cool Sarah! I love the Old Sydney too, and I’ll bet you had a blast while you were there.
    XoXo, Li

  24. MMM! Yummo sarah…Hubby has been to Bills..

    BUT alas …NOT MOIS!!!

    next time in Sydney try to get to KYLIE KWONGS little abode…
    (again I have NOT been there…hubby has..)..!!!
    says is too cute for words…& lovely food…

    Love your sydney pics…lovely day out..

    HEY come to Melbourne & i shall give you a great tour of VINTAGE shops/markets….restaurants…

    xx andrea

  25. Jen says:

    Mmm I used to go to bill’s quite often when I lived in Surry Hills. I think I wore thongs once or twice too…but nobody kicked me out. Phew! :)

  26. Amanda says:

    Hi Sarah…Yum Yum We just love all of bill’s cookbooks, my Dad’s photo is in one lol… I used to live in Erskineville which is just next to Surry Hills and I miss those gorgeous Terrace Houses. You have captured a wonderful part of the place with your fantastic photos, thanks so much and hope you had a great time, you should visit Newtown next time.
    Btw nothing wrong with thongs, aren’t they the Australian National Footware?
    Amanda x

  27. Margaret says:

    I really am going to have to plan a trip to Sydney, so I can spend a few days wandering around the shops and going to restaurants like bills. It’s great having his cookbooks, but eating there would be fabulous.

  28. Raegan says:

    I’m a beach girl too and it’s hard to pull yourself away sometimes…lifes too good at the beach. But once you drag yourself away…you do find lots of little treasures out there. Your photos are beautiful….makes we want to go on a girls adventure aswell!
    Raegan xoxo

  29. Sandi says:

    Fabulous photography!!

  30. Lori says:

    Love the candy – great pictures! And I’d love to go to Bill’s with you. I am a big breakfast person! Now I have to go back and look at the outtakes….

  31. chrissy says:

    What a great tour!. love the photos…

  32. Sharon Nickel says:

    Love breakfast out and it doesn’t get much better then that..
    Your photos are amazing. You have such a gift of capturing the moment. You make us all long to be a part of your day.

  33. Sharon Forward says:

    Sarah, great pics! I always used to love Sydney when I was in Aus I would take trips from Brissie to Sydney and love the old terrace houses esp. around the Rocks ahh a trip down memory lane for me. Glad you had a good time.x

  34. Megan says:

    Always on the lookout for a new cookbook–will have to check and see if the library has one. Sydney looks like an interesting city. Love the way you let us see it through your eyes. But what–no new treasures from your excursion?

  35. Ginger says:

    Stunning architecture and the chippy crusty old paint. My heart is skipping beats. Love it. Honestly, I had NO idea it was so beautiful there. I always just picture it being dusty and full of kangaroos. Boy have you changed that vision. I would love to see all of that in person. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful old buildings. PS…the food looks good too.

  36. Daphne says:

    Oh bills is worth every cent :)
    Oh and whats wrong with thongs in the city? Those guys have them on in the street cafe…i have worn them around the Rocks and what not…just too comfy to stroll without them i say LOL
    Heck its Australia, and flip flops rock LOL :)

  37. Est says:


    Always love watching Bill Granger’s shows on tv, haven’t got any books though, which one would you recommend?

  38. Tovah says:

    I love little sidewalk cafes like that. Looks like a fun place to wander around!

  39. Frau Mayer says:

    Sidney is to die for! It definitely goes on my list of must-have trips. Should I bring you some Sauerkraut? :)

  40. GRACE GARLAND says:

    love the battered door picture. the australian lifestyle looks a lot like paris.

  41. Linda Jacobs says:

    You are such a great photographer! I love the interesting bits you chose to share with us.

    And lucky you to get to spend a day like this with a friend. Doesn’t get much better!

  42. Lara says:

    Ack! Sydney is lovely. I really like Jamie Oliver, just recently discovered it. Makes me sad that his accent is not altogether real. :)

  43. Gayle Palmer says:

    What a magical day filled with many of the things you love. Thanks for sharing. Here’s to many more in the future! Cheers!

  44. Jeannie says:

    Man, oh man, I enjoyed this post! Since I’ll never get to Oz, more of these would be a treat! Thanks, Sarah.

  45. Thanks for the stroll thru town Sarah! I think the first post I read of yours was similar & I felt like I was right there with you! There are so many wonderful & interesting shops…how fun! Love your blog of course….you’re great & an inspiration to us all.


  46. lululiz says:

    It was really good taking a trip round Sidney with you. bill’s sounds like a great place to eat in. The food sure looks delicious.
    Great photos. Now, can we send you out on a weekly sightseeing trip? I’d love to see more photos.

  47. Miss sew & so says:

    ok -I’m having serious Sydney withdrawal when i see this morning!!!! i have dragged to britian all my bills collkbooks- no true aussie would be without! my fave is still Simply Bill published in 2005- reminds me of summers with our growing family….ahhhhhh. hope you had a seriously good sydney coffee for us!

    Melissa x

  48. Roberta says:

    lovely architecture and now I’m hungry…thanks :}
    wish it was warmer here so I could go to a cafe and sit outdoors in the sun…so miss the warmth…soon, very soon…till then I live through everyone else’s warm lives…lol

  49. Vicki K. says:

    I’ve been to the White Horse Hotel!! Ahem…that would be Whitehorse Hotel up north in Canada…

  50. Cindy S says:

    It looks like you had a really yummy morning, Sarah, what could be better than good food and eye candy, too?

  51. Melinda says:

    Thank you for the morning stroll…so dreamy!

  52. susan says:

    Love those tattered old buildings, beautiful photos, made me feel like I was there! Thanks :)

  53. Prudence says:

    so happy to have stumbled across you. I love vintage, sea, cottage, all that stuff too. Food looks divine!!

  54. fairmaiden says:

    Love the walk down the streets of Sidney. That pic of the guy with the parrot is my favorite! I love cities!

  55. Erika says:

    Lovely breakfast Sarah…
    And that walk must have been the best part of the day, those beautiful abandoned buildings…I think I’d spend all my days wondering about those streets there :))
    Have a fantastic white weekend. Can’t wait for the next surprise post of yours :)

  56. Liz says:

    Do you know, I thought I was turning into a Winter girl. I have been enjoying our snow here in UK and the frosty days, and skiing in Austria recently, but seeing those pavement cafes and people sitting outside in sandals sipping coffee…..it has started me yearning for long hot summer days in France or Easter in Spain. Sighsss…….
    Love the pictures.

  57. paulette kramer says:

    Hi Sarah It’s Paulette from Long Island please put me in for the giveaway for the Au. stlye Mag. Thanks

  58. Teresa says:

    Hi I would love to win your giveaway. I will be visiting my daughter in Sydney at the end of April. I can’t wait to see the sights there!

  59. kathi says:

    that last photo is my favorite.

  60. Leisa says:

    What a wonderful day out. I so wish I could have wandered with you. Love the pics once again!!

  61. tbliss says:

    Thanks Sarah for taking us along on your day trip.I love old buildings and scrabbled eggs!
    Also glad to hear us folks in the US have a chance at your givaways…I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
    Have a great weekend!

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  63. Sally says:

    Lovedd the post Sarah! I felt like it was along for the ride!! Thank you for sharing your day.


  64. Sally says:

    What a fabulous post Sarah!! I felt like I was along for the ride. The pictures were fabulous!! :) I always love you email updates!! They make my day!!


  65. Jasmine says:

    You photos make me want to visit Sydney more and more! I haven’t been in about 4 years, so I think it’s high time I went again!

    Thank you for sharing your day :)

  66. Nienke says:

    I got one of Bill’s cookbooks for Christmas and love it – but your post today just totally put it in perspective and set the scene (I’ve never been to Sydney). Thanks for taking me on a little tour – I think I’m going to have to make one of his recipes this weekend. Thanks!

  67. Jo says:

    Looks like a fab day out!

  68. cheryl says:

    we love the ricotta hotcakes with butterscotch butter. have only been to the darlinghurst & woollahra bills, will have to try surry hills. i think thongs (footwear)are cool anywhere in sydney!

  69. OMGoodness…I LOVE this post!!! You captured all that I love about Sydney…the problem is we seem to be stuck downtown and only see these lovely buildings on the ride to and from the airport. Where would you suggest we go within a fast bus ride to see these kind of places? Next trip I am with a friend who loves to take photos too so we are planning to head out somewhere…

    beautiful pictures…thanks for sharing!!!

  70. I got really jealous looking at your wonderful pics of sydney, thinking, I dont ahve anything like that near me. And then I remembered – I’ll be in sydney in 3 weeks! yay! I’m going to convince Mister to take me to Bills for a bite to eat :)

  71. Ally Lester says:

    How amazing! I just stumbled to your cottage through Young House Love only to find views of the place I moved out of not three weeks ago! I lived just past the corner of Bourke and Phelps and I miss it already, even though I’ve moved from my stuffy studio to a battered big old terrace in Glebe.
    Thanks so much for these pictures and for bringing a little bit of Australia to blogland!

  72. Neopfyle says:

    I surely want to visit bill”s and the Surry Hills district ..my kinda place Fantastic photos thanks sarah