The Long Weekend is Looking Bright

With restrictions lifting and a long weekend ahead of us, we can finally get out and about.  It’s going to be a busy weekend in Bright this long weekend with 20,000 expected. Here is a bit of what else you can expect around Bright this weekend?

Six Pence Coffee in Wills Street remain operating as a takeaway only basis from 7am-1pm Monday to Friday, selling coffee and pastries, adapting to the new normal and adding Saturday’s gradually in July. With a large part of their business, roasting and wholesale taking a big hit, as cafe’s and restaurants reopen the wholesale side is now ramping up. Six Pence have had a huge amount of support from the community with strong online and retail coffee sale, owner Luke remains optimistic, “we’ll make it work,” in these challenging times.

Ginger Baker are open for takeaway as well as breakfast (no bookings) and lunch 7 days and dinner Friday and Saturday nights with bookings required. More information on their website

The Wandi Pub, just up the road from Bright is opening it’s doors for dining once again after only having takeaway over the last little while. Still doing takeaway due to their small size they are limited by the restrictions to 20 people in the bar and 12 in the dining room and 20 outside if you’re game to sit outside in winter. As restrictions ease in future, publican Paddy is looking forward to being able to have 50 patrons and reopening the beer garden with bands on a Sunday afternoon, something they usually do year round. “This weekend will be a big test with 20,000 people in town.”

Bright Brewery are operating with 5 seatings per day with 20 people inside and 20 people outside each sitting. Each booking is an hour and 45 minutes, with 15 minutes to clean in between. Bookings are from 12 through to 8 pm and takeaway beer and meals are also available since they are booked solidly for the long weekend. Open 7 days

Operating out of a hole in the wall, Tomahawks are selling their awesome burgers, sides and share menu as takeaway only. “It’s been challenging, we’ve been doing 2 nights a week, 2 three hour services which have been really busy” owner Kurt tells me. This long weekend they will be open an extra night and during the day as well.

Reed and Co Distillery, operating out of the same location as Six Pence Coffee in Wills Street, are opening this weekend for the first time since lock down. Unable to serve alcohol without food, this weekend they’ve done ticketed flights and a mini feast for $35 per person for a 50 minute session. Six sessions throughout the day start at 2 pm to 8.15 pm. On the gin flight you will get 3 drinks and a mini feast of Pork buns with pickles and condiments, a small menu and drinks are available as well. The gin shop will be open all weekend for take home bottles, bottled cocktails, remedy gin … tonic water. “Moving forward we’re playing it week by week and will be open in some format in winter, we’re trying to work out what that is.”

Billy Button Wines next door to Tomahawk are open 7 days for wine and beer sales and an extensive deli of cheese, cured meats, pickles. Seated tastings with ploughman’s platters are also available.

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