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Published December 27th 2020
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On our last road trip from Sydney to Canberra. we took the longer but more scenic way via Collector and Bungendore. The scenery around here gives one a sense of the land that our nation's capital city was built upon.
In need of coffee and a light lunch, we happened on The Farm Shop Cafe at Pialligo Estate's The Plot on the outskirts of the CBD. It is a rustic casual dining place where you can feast on meals made from beautifully fresh, ethically sourced sustainable produce.
The paddock to plate ethos is important here and good use is made of the estate's vineyard, orchard, olive grove and market garden. Seasonal produce features with an ever-changing menu and blackboard specials. Children are well catered for, the staff are friendly and blankets and heaters are provided on drizzly cool days.
Blackboard special of spicy baked beans (image JW)
The food was filling, full of flavour and prepared with love. The ingredients were fresh and interesting flavour combinations were included in the meals such as kimchi pickled vegetables and Kewpie mayonnaise. Many options are gluten-free and dairy-free and some of the meals are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
You can make a day of your visit here as The Plot is also home to a children's sensory playground and activity area, a couple of homewares and gift shops and a market grocer, where you can purchase local specialty products and regionally produced goods.
Within minutes of Canberra's airport and CBD Pialligo Farm Shop Cafe is the place to purchase fine regional produce.