• Poachers Smokehouse Restaurant

    Poachers Smokehouse Restaurant

  • Father and son, Will and Rob Bruce

    Father and son, Will and Rob Bruce

  • Will Bruce and the Amphora 'egg'

    Will Bruce and the Amphora 'egg'

  • Dainty and delicious macarons

    Dainty and delicious macarons

  • Daughter and mother, Katie Crook and Susan Bruce

    Daughter and mother, Katie Crook and Susan Bruce

  • Fresh fabulous food.....

    Fresh fabulous food.....

  • Wily Trout wine passes the colour test

    Wily Trout wine passes the colour test

  • A toast to the new Poachers Pantry from Ian Hill

    A toast to the new Poachers Pantry from Ian Hill

  • Katrina and Nigel Howard

    Katrina and Nigel Howard

  • Jennie and Wayne Fischer of Fischer's Vineyard

    Jennie and Wayne Fischer of Fischer's Vineyard

  • Debra Surman, Jennie Fischer, Owen Pidgeon and Will Bruce

    Debra Surman, Jennie Fischer, Owen Pidgeon and Will Bruce

  • Ian Hill, Sue Bruce and Michael Matthews

    Ian Hill, Sue Bruce and Michael Matthews

  • Adam Gutteridge, Damien Crisp, Lisa Eriksson and Clint Wright

    Adam Gutteridge, Damien Crisp, Lisa Eriksson and Clint Wright

  • Sharon Bell and Geoff Burton of Gungog Estate

    Sharon Bell and Geoff Burton of Gungog Estate

  • Keith Mihailakis and Kate O'Leary of Ainslie Cellars

    Keith Mihailakis and Kate O'Leary of Ainslie Cellars

  • Todd Wright and Elias Hallaj

    Todd Wright and Elias Hallaj

  • Gabbi Cusack, Sue Bruce and the Mayor of Yass Rowena Abbey

    Gabbi Cusack, Sue Bruce and the Mayor of Yass Rowena Abbey

  • Emma Van Dijk, Ally Moufarrige and Stephanie Hanlon

    Emma Van Dijk, Ally Moufarrige and Stephanie Hanlon

  • Poachers Pantry......

    Poachers Pantry......

Poachers Smokehouse Restaurant Launch

2 September 2016

Poachers Pantry is a local region treasure started 25 years ago by Susan and Rob Bruce and now with a spectacular renovation and reinvigoration the launch of the new Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Restaurant and Wily Trout cellar door sees the next generation of the Bruce family with daughter Katie and son Will joining them as part of a team that has expanded and made the original cafe started in 2002 now a formidable addition to the region’s food and wine phenomenon.

Invited guests at the re-launch were welcomed to a beautiful space sympathetically and stylishly renovated by builder Nigel Howard of Gotha over the winter break and now able to seat 100 guests in the restaurant, with extra space on the new deck and the cosy terrace for another 100, a spectacular fireplace built from local stone collected by Will Bruce and on display his amphora ‘egg’ filled with 650 litres of current vintage ‘Nanima Block’. This ancient method of maturing wines is a 650 litre capacity ceramic container sourced from the makers in Byron Bay.  The new cool room is a feast for the senses and taste buds featuring all their smoked goods and the cellar door area has their locally grown Wily Trout wines.

And what a pleasure it was on a wet Friday, lunching with the family from platters of duck filled pasta, roo fillet with prosciutto and herb crusted snapper and much more. It was a perfect way to try the spring menu and enjoy the fruits of the Bruce family’s labours. But everything to do with Poachers Smokehouse has been a labour of love for this energetic and sociable team where sharing their products among guests is paramount and a pleasure.

Rob Bruce was my lunch companion where he told of the origins and evolving of the business. Their love of travel, finding treasures in places off the beaten track to bring home to try and how their children chose to join the business rather than having an obligation to do it. And how their much loved dog Meeka is as much a part of the family and his constant companion.

My own connection with Poachers goes back to the beginnings and while being a client then I’ve also enjoyed many visits, lots of events and even a wedding in the garden. With the new road, the exceptional refurbishment and country ambiance this is a classy destination for a pleasant and delectable visit.