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Twenty-Five Years with Poachers!

Poachers Pantry, and its winery, the Wily Trout, has been an icon in the Canberra region for over 25 years, and on Friday 2 September it celebrated its silver anniversary by launching a new Poachers Pantry and Smokehouse Restaurant and Wily Trout Cellar Door with a delicious degustation and wine tasting. By Aine Dowling.

Owned by Rob and Susan Bruce, Poachers Pantry is renowned for its mouth-watering home smoked meats and veggies. “We’ve been creating delicious stories in the Canberra region for 25 years now,” says Susan, “and we’re thrilled to officially launch the restored, renovated, reinvigorated and re-energised Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Restaurant and Wily Trout Cellar Door.PP Logo

“For our family, it’s always been about welcoming visitors into our lives. Inviting them to experience the way we live, as the restaurant is part of our home. We love sharing our food, wine and our table, and we can’t wait to share the new Poachers.”

Poachers Pantry Smokehouse opened in 1991, the vineyard in 1998, and the café in 2002. The new restaurant now seats 100 people inside in a brand new layout, and the outdoor deck and terrace accommodates a further 100 and offers a beautiful rural outlook over the 1890s woolshed, kitchen garden, and the rolling country hills. And the next generation, daughter Katie and son Will, are now entrenched in the smokehouse, weddings and conferences, and the vineyard.Wily Trout Wines

As part of the makeover, the Wily Trout Cellar Door has undergone extensive renovations and Will has taken over as vigneron of the 100 per cent estate grown brand including natural fermentation, and limited release cool climate wines using a ceramic egg rather than traditional oak barrels. The winery produces delicate whites including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and the reds include a soft Shiraz and delicate Pinot Noir.

Poachers Pantry 1But Poachers Pantry is more than a restaurant and winery. Poachers Pantry products are made using traditional curing and smoking methods, and the meat, poultry and herbs are all sourced from Australian suppliers. The smokehouse operates seven days a week and produces a wide range of smoked meats and poultry, plus, a range of ‘slow foods’ together with simple recipes means you can make your own delicious menus as home including antipasto platters, salads and canapes, and yummy hot dishes. The smoked meats are also available at selected quality grocers and delis in Canberra—and I can personally vouch for the bacon! The smokehouse also produces hams and turkeys for special occasions. The smokehouse range is also available for tasting at the cellar door.

Launch of the new Poachers Pantry Smokehouse and Wily Trout Cellar Door

Launch of the new Poachers Pantry Smokehouse and Wily Trout Cellar Door

The Poachers Pantry is located on Nanima Road, Springrange (Hall), NSW, and is available for weddings, conferences, and functions. For more information, or to make a booking, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Canberra’s Fireside Festival

The annual Fireside Festival kicks off this weekend (1 August) to warm the last of our winter weekends until end August. The Festival covers wineries, restaurants and events in Murrumbateman, Bungendore, Lake George, Gundaroo, and Hall. So warm your inside and outside with some of our region’s best food and wine! By Aine Dowling


Poachers Pantry is offering a ‘Poachers Fare’ five course degustation lunch with all local produce including terrine of wild rabbit, venison tenderloin, and lemon and myrtle sorbet. Match great food with fine Wily Trout wines. The Poachers Bounty degustation dinner is available each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Festival. Bookings are essential

grazingGrazing Restaurant at Gundaroo offers a one night only six course duck and wine degustation. This is an annual signature event at Grazing and is not to be missed! This one off event is only on 29 August and bookings are essential—so get in now!


Tallagandra Hill Winery at Gundaroo is offering the High Tea experience with sandwiches, petit fours, sweets and savouries, Devonshire teas, and lots of sparkly bubbles. Available 1 – 2 August, 22 – 23 August, and 29 – 30 August. Bookings essential at the winery

Summerside cheese and wineLerida Estate Wines at Lake George is offering a range of events including a Truffle Experience with locally grown truffles and dishes from truffle bread to truffle Crème Brulee included in their regular lunch menu during August. Match your truffle dish with one of Lerida’s great wines. If you’re not into truffles try their Duck and Pinot Master Class or Wine and Cheese Matching Class. Bookings essential for your lunch or master class – book at Lerida. Lerida also has regular lunchtime music in the Barrel Room with various local artists—music is free, lunch at regular menu prices.

Four Winds Vineyard, Murrumbateman are offering a Sangiovese dinner on 15 and 29 August with four Sangiovese wine and mouth-watering pizzas. Join the winemakers from four local wineries and learn all about the wine, and the pizza! Book herepizza healthy-1

Be Merry!

Bungendore Woodworks Gallery has a merry-making one night only event including fire twirling, live jazz, gluhwein, and a delicious three course dinner of baked lamb shanks with truffle mash, followed by fig and pecan pudding with butterscotch sauce. Vegetarian and special dietary requirements available—please advise when booking. One night only on 29 August—booking essential at the Gallery

Have fun and learn all about truffles on A Truffle Adventure at French Black Truffles, Majura. Start off with a truffle hunt (complete with dogs), then move across to the winery for a taste of truffle infused cheeses, followed by a three course lunch at Pod Food Pialligo to round off the experience. Available now to mid-August depending on the truffle season. For more information and availability contact Mount Majura Vineyard. Own transport is required.truffle brie

For something completely different try a two hour horse trail with Burnelee Excursions through some of Canberra’s great countryside complete with après ride of hot chocolate and marshmallows. Take a trip through 5,000 acres of beautiful grazing country and natural bushland. Winter trail rides are available on 1, 8, 15, and 29 August at 10am – 12pm and from 1 – 3pm. All levels of experience are catered for—state experience, height and weight when booking so you can be matched with your horse.

For a full list of events visit the Festival website or Facebook page