I'm a freelance writer in Brisbane who is passionate about the food and wine scene in the Granite Belt, Queensland. I am writing a book of the people and food of Stanthorpe and plan to launch the publication in 2014.
Published July 31st 2012
A high altitude, an inland location and low temperatures during winter on the Granite Belt produce the right conditions to grow delicious berries.
The Bramble Patch has mastered the art of dessert with berries and their Ice Burger is their signature offering: a dessert burger, made from chocolate cake "hamburger buns" with mixed berry coulis as sauce, and ice-cream as the "meat patties". And if their Ice Burger doesn't tempt, their menu will: berry smoothies and ice-cream berry sundaes with strawberry, raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry flavours; profferjes (Dutch pancakes with ice-cream and cream, with fresh strawberries, boysenberries and raspberries on the side) and waffles, served with berry-flavoured ice-cream and fresh berries.
You don't need to be rich to enjoy their desserts – all are $8.50, and their berry-flavoured ice-cream is available by the scoop, as well as tea and coffee, which makes The Bramble Patch a place people on all budgets can enjoy.
The dessertery has modern facilities with stone features on the walls, as well as regular displays of local artists. Tables by the fireplace are a high priority when the temperature drops in winter.
Sampling local produce is one of the reasons to visit the Granite Belt, and arriving at The Bramble Patch, you drive through rows of berry canes and strawberry plants, and once parked, you are able to stroll through the plantation to see how their produce is cultivated. If you visit in late summer, you'll find the roses are blooming and a late harvest of strawberries beginning to blush ripe.
The Bramble Patch makes more than desserts – they also make an extensive range of jams, balsamic vinegars, condiments and fortified wines – ever thought of raspberry aioli, as a perfect dipping sauce for cold, cooked prawns? Or shiraz sauce, to go with duck or steak? They have it.