Just 15 minutes from the centre of Canberra is the rural village of Hall. This is where the Smokehouse Café is located, on a fine-wool merino property.
The stylish and unpretentious café is a beautifully-restored weatherboard farm cottage which was built sometime around the 1930s.
Sue and Robert Bruce own Poachers Pantry, a gourmet smoked-meat manufacturer. They opened the café, tasting room and cellar door in September this year. They have run the pantry for 11 years and such eminent chefs as Stephanie Alexander, Andrew Blake and Tetsuya have featured their products on its menus. They have also been used in the kitchens of governors-general and prime ministers and served to visiting dignitaries.
Obviously the Smokehouse menu features their own products, such as smoked chicken, quail, lamb, pork, kangaroo and emu, but there are plenty of other dishes to choose from. Smoked lamb racks on garlic and potato mash or warm salad of smoked duck breast with walnuts and orange are delicious alternatives.
The approach to the café is a beautiful one, driving through their vineyard, past grazing sheep, and the Tasting Bar is usually the first stop. Here you can try different morsels, select free recipe cards and taste some local wine.
Bentley Suites in the Parliamentary triangle is a great place to stay in Canberra. It's close to Kingston and Manuka villages, the city centre and has an excellent choice of dining and shopping.
Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and other attractions are easily accessible. Canberra is a city of many sporting events, seasonal festivals and pays great recognition to the arts in general.
Bentley Suites have one, two or three bedrooms, some have spas, there is a heated pool, gymnasium and sauna. You can choose between continental, à a la carte or hot cooked breakfast.
Hall, in the Australian Capital Territory.
The Smokehouse Café at Poachers Pantry opens from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays.
Bentley Suites start at $185 a night.
Please note that prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowlegde are inclusive of GST.
Marakei, Nanima Road, Hall 2618
Ph: (02) 6230 2169
Fax: (02) 6230 2211
Canberra Avenue and Dominion Circuit
Ph: (02) 6124 0000
1300 366 826
Fax: (02) 6124 0100www.bentleysuites.com.au