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Published May 31st 2014
Stanthorpe weekend escape without the wine
Stanthorpe is a great weekend destination famous for visiting the regions many wineries. A weekend in the Apple & Grape capital of Queensland will reveal it is much more than an open cellar door.
Here are 5 food, non-wine and shopping ideas to explore in Stanthorpe that doesn't take you anywhere near a winery...not to say that isn't also a pleasant experience!
1. Stanthorpe Town Centre – This traditional country High Street has an eclectic array of shops including an interesting cluster along the High Street selling a mix of homewares, gifts and a range of unique local products.
Brinx Delihas a mix of local and imported Italian wares including foods, a good range of coffees and T2 tea. The coffee is served in a retro style setting with an old style car seat near the door and staff dressed in 50's style.
Wooden tables with mismatched chairs add to its quirky ambience. It's an interesting place to stop for coffee or lunch and indulge in a spot of people watching.
2. Bramble Patch – A great spot for families with children being able to enjoy ice cream crushed with fresh berries and adults indulging in cherry pies and chocolate decadence with berry coulis and ice-cream. There are the usual teas and coffee options with a range of pies to accompany them.
Bramble Patch also sells an array of chutneys, jams and sauces and is set in beautiful grounds for children to explore and adults to relax.
3. Suttons Cidery & Shed Cafe – Taste and buy fresh apple juice and cider enjoying also their renowned apple pie full of lush chunks of apple. Take lunch in the corrugated production shed where all items are prepared on the premises.
Venture out to the orchard at the rear for lunch and to spot some unusual fruits amidst the chooks clucking away in their pens.
4. Vincenzo's at the Big Apple - Across the New England Highway from Sutton Apples and hard to miss with its Big Apple sign is this iconic Italian haven with its deli full of olives, cheeses, salami's and Italian imported foods.
Fresh bread is available that is a perfect accompaniment to the delicious cheeses to enjoy at your visitor accommodation.
Vincenzo's stock local wines and apple juice to complete your self-prepared gourmet feast.
Enjoy a coffee or meal in their restaurant sampling the delights of the freshly prepared foods.
5. Granite Belt Brewery– Proving that the Stanthorpe region isn't all about wines this is an enjoyable addition or detour to the many winery visits you may choose from. You enter into a traditional English style pub setting to the bar and to look through the beer menu with its tasting notes for the dozen or so beers on offer.
Granite Belt Brewery - Image from website
A wide range of beers are there to tempt your pallet ranging from wheat beers, pale ales and stouts. To help you with the taste test you can purchase a tasting pallet that gives you a good sample of the beers and ciders on offer.
Enjoy your tasting viewing the brewer through a display window preparing his wares. You may be fortunate to have a virtual tour by one of the staff who will guide you through the brewing process as you sup your beer or cider.
Stanthorpe can be reached from Brisbane in around three hours or more if you don't get distracted from the many other attractions along the way such as Cunningham's Gap, Aratula and the historic town of Warwick.
The region has a great range of accommodation options on offer. Visitor information can be gleaned from the informative Granite Belt Wine Country tourism website or from the individual operators. You can call the accredited Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre daily between 9am and 5pm for FREE on 1800 SO COOL.