Sunday, 23 November 2008
Sutton's Shed Cafe, Granite Belt, Queensland
Here's nothing like a bit of good, old fashioned home cooking, especially if you don't have to make it yourself! You'll find apple pie that rivals the best homemade effort and much more at David and Ros Sutton's new coffee shop - The Shed Cafe.
Filled with antique tables complimented by touches of silver, the cafe is a perfect refreshment stop on entry to or exit from Stanthorpe.
"We're offering fresh, seasonal fruit, sourced locally on the Granite Belt where ever possible, " says Ros Sutton. "And, where we can, we're going to use organic. Of course apples will feature prominently on our menu - home made apple pie, pancakes, chutney, butter, cider and juice, to name just a few."
What modest Ros won't tell you unless pressed, it that she is an award winning CWA cook. One taste of her apple pie will quickly indicate this is a cut above the norm - a well textured pastry with just the right combination of crunch and soft buttery smoothness. Combined with an ample scoop of Spiced Cider ice cream (made by Lick to Caroline Jones' recipe) and you're in foodie heaven.
Expect to find a changing menu that includes buttermilk apple pancakes, apple sorbet using Jonathon apple
juice, a ploughman's lunch, terrine and salad and vegetarian options.
Sate your thirst with a glass of Sutton's own Apple Cider or wines from the local Back Pocket winery.
If you can walk out without a bottle of their varietal apple juice - think Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Jonathon and more- you're a strong character. The same goes for the apple butter and apple syrup.
Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery and Shed Cafe is open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. Find it at Thumlimbah, just north of Stanthorpe.
The cafe is one of 20 stops on the Granite Belt Nude Food Trail that focuses on food as nature intended - in region and in season.
And - the best news for coffee lovers - the coffee is Merlo! If you are lucky, you might spot busy David Sutton behind the coffee machine!
Find more on the nude food trail at www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au
Photos - from top - the perfect short black; Ros Sutton takes a short break; one of this week's lunch offerings; Apple pie with Spiced Cider Ice Cream