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Published September 12th 2016
Tired of your conventional Adelaide Hills lunch places?
It has been at least two years since I savoured the wonderful provincial food at Callington's strangest secret, Lavande. My Chicken Chasseur was a treat from motivational chef Chris Wilkinson. Chris is one of the Adelaide Hills great characters and Lavande has been a labour of love for many years.
The eight garden rooms are a delight, especially in spring. For a small fee, you can wander amongst the salvias with your glass of wine, while Chris cooks up a storm.
Shortly after my last visit, Chris tells me she had a fall and broke her arm in 6 places. It slowed her down for a while, by an extraordinary miracle her mobility just arrived back one day. She noticed by swatting a mosquito that she could use her arm again, with almost full function.
She had just re-opened after a winter closure and is in as fine form as when I first visited her food and gardens in the old police station ten years ago. With the familiar tones of Piaf and Chevalier playing in the background, I will be returning soon.
Callington is somewhat a mysterious place.A town that is a bit off the beaten track.Sitting on the Bremer River with a small hotel and many old buildings,the local residents have gone about bringing some life back into the town.It is nice to see Lavande is still functioning and no doubt well worth a visit,I wonder if it is possible to have light meals there...maybe just coffee/tea with cake/scones etc.