About Locomotive

At Locomotive Station the food we serve you is nostalgic for what we ate growing up. Hearty and plentiful fare feels like hospitality to us.

Both of us, Sue and Lamese, grew up in Australia in and around the Central Coast of New South Wales. Our childhoods were enriched by weekend gatherings of relatives and friends based around the outdoors.

All generations contributed, were represented and accommodated. Like many in this region our families weren’t originally from here. They chose the Central Coast lifestyle to live, love and raise us.

Sue’s extended family are from the Riverina, with a strong connection to the area’s early industry and rich farming heritage. Lamese’s extended family are from Cape Town, South Africa.

Our food is a homage to what our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, blood or otherwise fed us when we needed sustenance, zooming in from outside, dirty, hungry and thirsty before flying out the back door again.

As generations grew and family footprints spread from where they began traditions were kept alive.

We are the caretakers of methods of nurture whether we receive them physically written in our grandparents’ recipe books or whether they are passed down as mid week meals refined by repetition.

We’d like to introduce you to our nurturers whose traditions feed us and now, you too.

Delma, born 1936
The Rock
Australia

Gloria, born 1946
Cape Town
South Africa

Florence, born 1894 Cape Town
South Africa

Elsie, born 1912
Lockhart
Australia

Marjorie, born 1917
Sydney
Australia

Marie, born 1919
Cape Town
South Africa

Gawa, born 1927
Cape Town
South Africa

Barbara, born 1936
Cape Town
South Africa

Veleda, born 1938
Capodistria
Italy

Cathy, born 1948
Tocumwal
Australia

Trish, born 1950
Tocumwal
Australia