Welcome to the best bistro in Australia

FOR Relish Bistro's head chef Josh Beddows, the accolades don't come much better.

Last week the Bellingen bistro was judged 'Best Bistro Brasserie in Australia' in the Australian Hotels Association awards.

"It's awesome," Mr Beddows said.

"It's such a good atmosphere working here and it just keeps getting busier."

Bistro manager, Heidi March, said she felt very proud and coming hot on the heels of the recent success of No.2 Oak Street, added to the town's good food reputation.

The Federal Hotel's manager Chris Partridge said he had been 'blown away' at the ceremony in Adelaide, when he heard the bistro's name announced as the winner.

"We were up against every hotel bistro/brasserie in the country," Mr Partridge said.

"It's a terrific achievement for our team."

Mr Beddows said he believed it was the excellent daily specials and the atmosphere that got Relish over the line.

"All the food is as fresh and local as possible," he said.

"We offer lots of fish, which we buy daily from the trawlers in Coffs Harbour. And we always put the customer first."

From Monday, October 22 Relish will be closing for five days for some minor renovations.

"We're changing the artwork and redesigning the kitchen to give us more capacity," Mr Partridge said.

"We need to speed our service up because sometimes 200 people can just come in off the street. And our new menu will offer a lot more vegetarian options."

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