From casual coffee catch ups and lunch with friends, to the most breathtaking weddings and functions. This 112 year old restored Bellingen church is still making history with heartfelt stories of lovers, friends and families.
Husband and wife team Paul and Victoria Harper are responsible for transforming this historic space into the Cedar Bar & Kitchen Bellingen restaurant.
After falling pregnant with twin girls. the couple relocated to Victoria’s hometown on the Coffs Coast to be closer to family and the supportive community. Here they stumbled upon the opportunity to allow history to live on, and make an old space new and alive again. “It’s like we had triplets because the girls were born on the 13th of December 2015, and we opened our doors on the 16th,” Victoria says with a laugh.
The journey of our bar & kitchen
With original plans to create a bar and kitchen for the community and visitors to enjoy, the history and energy of this unique space had a plan of its own. “We worked hard on the restoration and right away we could see people fall in love with the church. Since day one we’ve had couples coming through our doors wanting to have their wedding here.” The building radiates character and charm boasting original stained glass windows and seven metre high ceilings.
The ideal venue for coffee in Bellingen, as well as the perfect venue to host special events
From the customer service, to the food on the plate, to the venue itself, the most important thing for Paul and Victoria is that it’s become the ideal venue in Bellingen to catch up for coffee with friends, which is great! But also if they want to have a really long, Sunday brunch, or host a special event, they can do that as well. Featuring a nourishing menu filled with locally-sourced produce, and a wide selection of regional and international craft beer, boutique wines and spirits. You can create your own story here at this stunning boutique Bellingen restaurant.
The perfect venue for weddings and other celebrations
With an impressive number of weddings and other celebrations held each year in the grand function space ‘Cedar Room’, Paul and Victoria are passionate about creating events unique to each customer. “We have a couple at the moment who are planning their wedding here all the way from Amsterdam because she grew up here. People just love Bellingen.”
But it doesn’t just stop with the wedding day itself. “We’ve been so lucky to share in so many life-altering moments. We’ve seen couples through their whole journey, from the proposal, to the wedding, to their first anniversary, to their first babies when they come back to visit.”
“We’re family friendly. We want to make all of our guests feel really relaxed; whether they are having an intimate dinner. quick coffee or planning their wedding in this gorgeous space.”