A pantry worth raiding –
Heading to brunch at Poachers Pantry involves navigating several unpaved rural lanes, however, it’s definitely worth the bumpy drive. The rustic Smokehouse Cafe and farm shop is a favourite grazing spot in the Canberra District Wine Region for many ‘Capitalists’.
Operating out of a weatherboard farmhouse surrounded by a rose-infused country garden, it’s a charming way to start (or end depending on whether you arrive for lunch or dinner) a wine tasting trip. Or even worth a visit for its own sake.
While I’ve only sampled the brunches, it’s safe to assume the lunch and dinner menus will also impress. One dish in particular I feel compelled to order every visit is the sweet corn fritters with mountain pepper lamb, cavalo nero, poached eggs and heirloom green tomato relish. There are so many good things about this combination I’m never sure where to start.
After the sit down feasting, it’s worth checking out the Poachers Pantry’s farm shop which provides a indulgent array of selections including cheeses, smoked meats, confectionery and wine from the surrounding Wily Trout Vineyard.
View: www.poacherspantry.com.au; Visit: 431 Nanima Rd, Hall, ACT 2618; Call: +61 2 6230 2487; Open: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 10-11.30am, Lunch: Friday to Sunday; 12-3pm Dinner: Saturday; 6pm Wallet: Brunch: $7-$23, Mains: $26-$36.by