For those people looking to have a meal in a country pub then maybe the Halfway at Hampton is worth a look. Meals are cheap but satisfying and as its name suggests, is halfway between the highway and Jenolan on the main road.
The building is one of the original hotels in the district and if you end up having one drink too many they can offer a room for the night as well. Staff are friendly and if you want to soak some of the atmosphere from the locals this is the place to go. You may even find you'll run into some of your guides over dinner.
The Halfway is open for breakfast lunch and dinner.