By S Haslam
Many people remember Friday Hut Road very fondly. This eatery is the old schoolhouse at Possum Creek. In 1963 it was transformed into a private house, and then was reborn as Bilyana. Today, it is owned by professional surfer Matt Wilkinson and his partner Anna Jordan. Joseph Griffin of Joe Chef, and Matthew Donohoe of Grapevine, along with their respective partners Lauriann Griffin and Laura Fry, rejuvenated the main dining space and have turned it into Friday Hut Dining.
The two couples were friends and had previously collaborated together professionally, which made it easy to combine their shared values and passions into one venture. Laura said that both couples ‘love the same things, and the food around here is so beautiful’. Given their collaborative history, Laura said that ‘it made sense to get a space together.’ The dining area is unique, says Laura: ‘You’re looking across the hinterland while you’re dining; it’s very green and lush. The space is quite different from how it was – we’ve renovated it and opened it up, while maintaining the integrity and character of the space, the many windows create the feeling of being right in the countryside amidst the rolling green hills.’
It’s not just people from the city who appreciate the setting: everyone who comes comments on how scenic the drive is – many times you have to stop in the middle of the road while cows are being moved, and that’s a total novelty for many people.
Friday Hut Dining is a stylish venue with a relaxed vibe and friendly but professional service. Joseph, Lauriann, Matthew, and Laura have consciously hand selected a team that uphold the values and qualities of what their business embodies: Keeping the produce local and fresh, and sharing their knowledge with everyone who comes in.
The stylish dining space is suitable for any special occasion. Our Sunday lunches offer a $90 per person chef’s tasting menu, which can accommodate all dietary requirements. The menu changes every week, based on what is seasonally available.
Matthew and Joseph utilise the produce from Thursday’s Farmers Market, so it’s hard to see how it could be much more local or any fresher. Laura claims that it’s one of the perks of living amongst the farms and that ‘visitors love the uniquely local flavour of the menu’.
‘Poss, our bar superstar, creates unique cocktails, and we use a local wine selector. We have a range of wines that are really reasonably priced, plus a range of premium wines. We have hand-picked the list, and we also offer wine pairing to complement the tasting menu for people who want the whole experience’.
The venue is ideal for private celebrations, with a fully licensed bar. They also offer a complimentary shuttle bus for bookings to Byron or Bangalow. They are open for Sunday lunches bookings are essential. Over Easter, they are doing Easter Thursday rather than the Sunday. Friday Hut Dining is also available for private functions, and the house is available to hire for the duration of any function or workshop.
Sunday lunch: 11am–5pm + private functions
Ph 0459 617 129