There's something about a weekend brunch that invites relaxation and indulgence. With nowhere else to be, and no rush to get back to the office, you can slow down and enjoy the meal. And if you want to add a short country drive to the experience to really wind down into things, Poacher's Pantry is waiting to welcome you.
With a brunch menu designed to make the most of their smokehouse, vegetable plot and the seasons, this is a brunch in demand and nothing disappoints. From the greeting and the care taken to get your booking right to the extensive menu with a broad range of choices for both adults and children, the hardest part of your morning will be deciding what to order. The Poachers Pantry brunch includes two courses. For the first course, we choose the seasonal fruit and a croissant while for mains, we choose the farmhouse breakfast and the eggs benedict. From the kid's menu, we opt for the waffles. There's a range of coffee, tea and juice on offer as well.
The first course arrives quickly and both choices are good. The fruit is fresh and there's a nice variety. While the portion isn't huge, it's enough and a nice, light way to get the morning started. The croissant is that perfect balance of flaky and crunchy on the outside and buttery soft on the inside. Served with butter and jam, this is a classic way to begin the meal. The farmhouse plate is generous and packed with a wide range of classic breakfast flavours including Poacher's Pantry's own bacon. The eggs benedict is laced with a creamy hollandaise and succulent Poacher's Pantry ham. When we visited, it was truffle season so the added indulgence of truffles takes this dish to another level. The waffles are a great option for kids - nothing too fussy, just a nice meal that a young person will actually eat and enjoy.
Following brunch, we wander the grounds and enjoy the garden - it looks remarkably well given the time of year and it's nice to be able to look out at the sheep and rolling hills - real life feels a million miles away as the long, lazy morning stretches toward afternoon. We order another coffee and settle back in to enjoy the view a little longer, the perfect end to a beautiful brunch.
Poachers Pantry is located in Springrange, around 30 minutes by car from Canberra. Brunch is available from 930am on Saturday and Sunday only. Bookings are highly recommended.