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The Artisan Cafe at Blackwood: Revisited

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by Haydn Radford (subscribe)
Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.
Published September 1st 2014
Break the Fast; vegan and gluten free alternatives available

Something I have always enjoyed and valued about living in the Blackwood area is the friendly and relaxed lifestyle it offers, whether it be the lush greenery of native trees, Belair National Park, the variety of bird life, or the availability of enjoyable and friendly service from a variety of local businesses.

From the time it opened in May 2010, The Artisan Cafe in Blackwood has been a popular venue for its fine restaurant style meals using the best available locally sourced food, free range animal products, sustainable seafood whenever possible, in hassle-free surroundings with friendly service.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Heather and Jonathan Holmes-Ross take pride in creating high quality food and beverages.

Since I wrote about The Artisan Cafe in 2011, the owners, Jonathan and Heather Holmes-Ross have introduced several major changes. The cafe is noticeably larger and with a bigger kitchen, so they are now able to cater for more special events and functions like birthday parties, family reunions, engagements parties and even weddings.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
The Artisan Tuckshop for takeway ready made meals.

The premises have been extended to include The Artisan Tuckshop, where you are able to purchase restaurant style take-away ready made meals and reheat them in the box they are packaged in.

Heather said, "This concept of supplying foods that are the same as that of the café is proving to be popular with our customers. They seem to be liking the idea, because our ethos of the Tuckshop is the same as that of the café – we use high quality ingredients, locally sourced, free range animal products, sustainable seafood. The containers are re-cyclable too, of course!

We also do catering out of the Tuckshop. It is a cheaper alternative to full catering because the customer heats and serves the food. We've done cocktail parties, dinner parties and office lunches. We also sell cakes that we make here and the leaf and coffee beans that we use in the café."

Once a quarter, there is a poetry evening Poets' Roundabout, which is organised by a local passionate poet, Norm Habel. Norm arranges a lead poet for each evening, who presents for about 20 minutes. Then anyone who wishes to read their own poems or something else they want to share.

Heather said, "We invested in a cordless mic to help the proceedings along. We serve tapas style dinner during the meeting. It is all good fun and the response has been very good. The next meeting will be 13 September."
What I observed and appreciate about the Artisan Café is how it serves as something different to a variety of people at different times of the day. On the morning when I visited with my friend Di recently, it was very busy with the breakfast crowd and others like ourselves who were enjoying brunch.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Free Range Full Breakfast.

Di decided on the Free Range Full Breakfast ($20.50) while I had the Artisan Café Breakfast ($21.90) – both are available as are various other meals with gluten free or vegan alternatives. Both meals were generous serves and were very tasty and enjoyable. I was also able to have my favourite coffee – long black in a mug, with a slice of fresh lemon and a honey. My ideal coffee after a meal.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
The Artisan Cafe Breakfast

As many of the breakfast crowd left I noticed other regulars like Louise Warren and Cynthia Fulton came in to enjoy a coffee, a treat and a friendly chat, while Steven, a student enjoys the atmosphere to do some quiet studying on his laptop.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Cynthia Fulton and Louise Warren regulars enjoying a coffee, a treat and friendly chat.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Steven Havis finds the wireless hotspot along with a great coffee ideal.

The Artisan Café frequently supports local artists with a different artist's work each month. You can see most of the exhibition in the café, and one or two in the Tuckshop as well. "Customers really like the changing scenery, it attracts their attention and holds their interest," said Heather.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Forte Bagshaw singer/songwriter entertains on Thursday afternoons.

On a Thursday local musician, songwriter and singer, Forte Bagshaw sings songs to the customers. Forte approaches each table and offers a list of songs for people to choose from. "They choose their favourite song and I sing it just for them, says Forte. "I sometimes change the lyrics just for fun. I also sing nursery rhymes for the children and sometimes people request one of my own compositions and many people buy my original CD's.

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Forte sings your favourite requests.

I'm really grateful to Heather and Jon and the crew at The Artisan. They are very supportive of me, and my music. It's an excellent atmosphere and the mocha is amazing!"

Meanwhile back in the kitchen, Jon and the staff are currently working on a new menu, which should be ready before summer. "We've been trialling a few dishes in the café as specials," says Heather.

"Harlequin Salmon is named because the colours in the dish (orange and green) are reminiscent of the old English Harlequin. The dish includes Harris smoked salmon, avacado crème fraîche, a toasted breakfast muffin, baby spinach & a free range poached egg. It's a lovely light summer lunch, which I'm pretty sure will make it onto the new menu. There's also a Mexican chicken burger, which is to die for - free range chicken thigh rubbed with spicy Adobo seasoning, sweet potato crisps, corn salsa and chipotle mayo."

All I can say is, "Wow! My taste buds heard you. Summer can't come soon enough."

The Artisan Cafe Blackwood revisited
Hassle-free surroundings with friendly service.

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Why? Dine in for high quality meals, with vegan and gluten free alternatives, as well as takeaway ready made meals that you just heat and serve.
When: OPEN: Monday - Saturday 7.30am - 5.00pm. Sunday 9.00am - 5.00pm. Public Holidays Closed.
Phone: 8278 9888
Where: 252-254 Main Road, Blackwood SA 5051
Cost: Reasonable prices for high quality meals.
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