Peter put the Jeep into four wheel drive this afternoon and took us onto the gravel along Mulligan's Flat Road into Gundaroo, where we stopped in to enjoy lunch and visit vignerons, Jen and Mark Mooney, at their Capital Wines Cellar Door and Cafe. The couple moved from Sydney in 2003 and bought the historic Royal Hotel, which they restored to establish the now award winning Grazing Restaurant. The cafe and cellar door are located in 1830s stone stables next door, overlooking a kitchen garden that most of us can only dream of!
We dined on the deck in the Autumn sunshine, as we grazed on caramelised garlic bread, grilled chorizo and haloumi, pork sliders with vegetable crisps, and spaghetti and meatballs... all the while gazing at the picturesque surroundings. A walk around the garden and nearby township is an essential part of any visit.
Capital Wines Cafe and Cellar Door is located at 42 Cork Street in Gundaroo (onsite with GRAZING restaurant, The Royal Hotel stables) and open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. For more information, visit the web site and blog. And mark your diary for the Wine Harvest Festival which takes place on 6 and 7 April. There will be food and wine tastings, and masterclasses. The team at Grazing will be cooking Italian dishes all weekend using their own balsamics, vinegars and fresh garden produce.
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