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