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Published May 14th 2019
Breathe in history and the fresh country air at Hall
Where in Canberra can you find a place that's got plenty of country charm, a quaint village setting, great food, great wine, great beer, some of the best bombolini donuts in Australia, and Dr Who's TARDIS?
Located north of Canberra city centre, Hall continues to have strong links with its nineteenth-century European settlers' past. It was established in 1882 and is named after Henry Hall, an English farmer who arrived in NSW in 1823. Henry Hall was granted over 3000 acres of land in the vicinity of what is now Hall in 1833. He built a homestead which he named 'Charnwood', where he and his wife Mary raised their ten children.
Hall's rural, historic character is still very much in evidence today. But it's also transforming with the times, and in recent years, it has become something of a Canberra foodies' destination.
Hall is a wonderful blend of Canberra's past and present, of town and country. Here are ten reasons why you should visit Hall this weekend.
1.Hartley Hall markets. Held on the first Sunday of the month from 10am-3pm at the Hall Village Showground. The Hartley Hall Markets, organised by Hartley Lifecare, are one of Australia's largest home-made and home grown goods markets. Hartley Hall Markets offer the best of fresh produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing, pottery, jewellery, children's toys, crafts, unique gifts, and much more. There's also BBQs, canteens, live music and other entertainment for the whole family. Entry is by a gold coin donation with all proceeds supporting Hartley Lifecare's disability programs and services. The next markets will be held on 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August, 1st September, 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December.
2. Daughters at Hall. 126 years young, this general store-turned café (and the family who run it) have been a much-loved part of Hall since the village's earliest days. Pop over for a yummy breakfast or lunch, enjoy great coffee, a slice of history, and a slice of homemade cake! Daughters at hall is located at 5 Victoria Street, Hall. Open Mon to Fri from 6.30am-5.30pm, and Sat and Sun from 8am-4pm.
3. Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre. The Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre preserves the history of Hall school from its establishment in 1911 to its closure in 2006. It provides visitors with an insight into typical rural primary schooling in New South Wales during the first half of the twentieth century, making it a valuable part of Canberra's educational history. Here you will find a collection of school uniforms from past decades, a variety of early twentieth century classroom furniture and teaching aids, a very extensive collection of school textbooks and primary school library books dating from late nineteenth century through early twentieth century, a wooden Honour Board containing the names of those former students who served in the Australian Military Forces in the First World War, and so much more.
The Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre is located on Victoria Street, Hall. Open Thurs 9am-12pm, Sun 12pm-4pm and on the first Sunday of the month from 10am-4pm. Entry is free. For more information about the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre, go here.
4. The Hall Bushrangers. The Hall Bushrangers are Hall's famous rugby club! Established in 1992 as part of the fledging Monaro Rugby competition, the Hall Bushrangers have worked hard to become a force to be reckoned with in the Monaro competition. The club has won premierships and have also been Grand Finalists and Minor Premiers across the competition over the years. You can watch the Hall Bushrangers play at Hall Oval. To find out when they'll be playing next, check out the 2019 rugby season draw here.
5. Kynefin. Kynefin is a wonderful little café in Hall that offers delicious, wholesome, homely, British-influenced food in a relaxed, casual, country setting that's just perfect for dining with family and friends. Kynefin (a Welsh word pronounced kin-ev-an and meaning habitat, or a place where you feel comfortable and familiar) makes homely food that makes you feel good. Good, wholesome food that's mainly made in house and that are sourced from local and free range ingredients. Such as Kynefin's famous bombolini doughnuts, rated in the Good Food Guide as among Australia's top ten best doughnuts. These absolutely decadent morsels are made fresh in house daily.
Kynefin is located at 2-4 Victoria Street, Hall. Open Wednesday to Saturday 7 - 4pm, Sunday 8 - 4pm. Kitchen closes at 2pm each day. Go here to check out their full menu.
6. 1882 Bar & Grill.
In its very name, 1882 Bar & Grill celebrates the year Hall was first established. But the restaurant is firmly fixed in modern day Canberra, bringing together the best of Canberra food, wine and beer. 1882 Bar & Grill offers absolutely scrumptious wood-fired pizzas as well as a wide range of hearty mains and a yummy breakfast menu on the weekend. There's also live music every Sunday afternoon from 1pm. 1882 Bar & Grill is located at 13 Gladstone Street, Hall. Open Tuesday-Friday 11:30am – 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am – 11pm. For more information, go here.
7. Hops & Vine.
Located in a 116-year old heritage building that was once a picture theatre and wheelwright's shop amongst others, Hops & Vine is now a unique craft wine and beer destination. There's a huge range of wines from the local region, over 200 varieties of craft beer as well as locally sourced Australian spirits. And you'll also find gourmet foodstuffs and great gift ideas. To find out more, go to the Hops & Vine website here. Hops & Vine is located at 6A Victoria Street, Hall. Open Wednesday – Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am – 5:00pm.
8. Capital Wines.
Capital Wines is a boutique Canberra district winery and vineyard. The vineyard is located about 4kms south of Murrumbateman, but you'll find their cellar door in Hall Village. Come and taste their wine, share a cheese plate or experience epicurean tastings of matched wine and food. The Capital Wines cellar door is located at 13 Gladstone Street, Hall. Open 10:30am – 5pm Thursday to Sunday and most public holidays. For more information, go to Capital Wines.
9. The Hall Street Party!
For the last four years, Hall has celebrated everything about its wonderful community with a street party. At last year's street party, there was wood chopping, a local band, farm animals, car displays, craft stalls, and lots of delicious local food and produce. For updates on the 2019 Hall street party, go here.
10. The Tardis.
If you don't know already, the TARDIS is Dr Who's time machine/spacecraft that's in the guise of a blue police telephone box. And it's right here in Hall! I can't guarantee you'll find the famous Time Lord himself, but his spacecraft is located on Victoria Street, next to Daughters at Hall.
For more reasons to visit Hall as well as for more information and updates on upcoming events, community issues and local businesses in and around Hall, visit the Hall Progress Association website here.
With its history, country air, fine food and wine, and strong community spirit, there really is every reason in the world for you to visit Hall this weekend!