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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published October 20th 2019
One of Samford Village's newest restaurants
Photo courtesy Little Tree facebook page

Whenever I need to escape the city without travelling long distances, a day at Samford Valley is my go-to choice. In search of its rolling hills, hobby farms and country charm, I took a scenic drive to Samford on a Saturday morning with a friend and landed at the Little Tree Bake and Brewhouse for breakfast.

Little Tree is relatively new on the Samford foodie scene and opened just 10 months ago. It is positioned in the main street of Samford Village (just down from the expansive green space of John Scott Park). As one of the newer offerings in the rural village, Little Tree is a combined artisan bakery and café.

The Cafes' Setting
After arriving at the entry, I had the option of 2 seating areas – indoor and outdoor. The covered balcony at the front of the café is where I just knew I needed to find a table. With an abundance of potted and free-standing, well-developed plants from bold bromeliads to friendly ferns, the balcony feels like a gardeners oasis. The lush greenery made the space feel more mature than not having celebrated its 1 year anniversary yet.

The verandah also extends down into an uncovered outdoor area with shade umbrellas and overlooks a healthy growth of trees. Local musicians have provided some weekend tunes to add to the ambience. (Check the Cafe's Facebook page for session updates).

Selecting from the Menu
Now that we were seated, it was time breakfast. It's table service here and our order was taken by friendly, enthusiastic Brazillian waiter, Adi. First up was a hot drink and I discovered that Brisbane's always pleasing Fonzie Abbott is the brew of choice. Little Tree offers an ambitious and creative menu with a range of interesting and bespoke combinations of breakfast and brunch items alongside its special.

Brunch is served from 7am - 2pm

We tried 3 dishes:
Scrambled egg on sour dough $10,
polenta porridge, dried fig compote, coconut puree, candied pepitas and pecans $14,
pork belly, smoky baked beans/sauerkraut, spiced cauliflower $22

Other choices included Bahn Mi, Reuben sandwiches and veggie toasties.

The meals arrived and with some unexpected pairings provided a pleasant mix of flavours with comfortable servings. Fresh flowers on the polenta were a nice and colourful touch.

Look out for the hand made pottery serving plates and dishes on some items which are supplied by a local potter.

The Bakery
If bread is your weakness, the bakery section offers a range of fresh bread and Award-winning pies. In fact they were awarded first prize in the plain meat pie and first and second in the gourmet pie section of the Queensland Bakery Show. The range of mouth-watering pies includes Moroccan lamb pie and the beef and shiraz pie.

Phoo courtesy Little Tree Bakery and Brewhouse facebook page

The Standout
While the food-filled our empty tummies, it was the buildings' design that was the standout for me. The garden layout design with beautiful, lush plants complete with a rock pool against the backdrop of Samford's rural setting was the delightful background to fulfil my yearning for a morning in the country.

What Else

I noticed that there were lots of pups at Little Tree during my visit so it is definitely dog-friendly. Little Tree bake and Brewhouse is open 6 days (closed on Tuesdays) and of course, is also licenced. Bookings are taken for parties over 7 people.

It doesn't have a lot of signage so look out for the neighbouring hardware store to know you are on the right track. If you decide t take your own drive to the country, Samford is located 21 kms from the Brisbane CBD.

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Why? One of Samford's Newest Restaurants
When: Monday - 6:30am - 3:30pm Tuesday - Closed Wednesday - 6:30am - 3:30pm Thursday - 6:30am - 3:30pm Friday - 6:30am - 3:30pm Saturday - 6:30am - 3:30pm Sunday - 6:30am - 3:30pm
Phone: 0490 257 804
Where: Samford Village, 52 Main Street, Samford
Cost: Moderate
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