Cellar Door and Farm Shop
Open Seven Days 9:30 – 4:00pm
No BYO

02 6230 2487
431 Nanima Road
Springrange NSW 2618
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Our Story

Our small family business started over 27 years ago, has been built around our love of good food and sharing with family and friends. From simple beginnings as an artisan smokehouse, we have grown to include the Smokehouse Restaurant, the Wily Trout Vineyard, farm shop, cellar door, country wedding and event destination.

Team

As a family business we are driven by an enduring passion for our region that now has the fourth generation growing up on the farm and playing in the gardens. But it is the brilliant group of people that are on our team, that make Poachers Pantry and the Wily Trout Vineyard an exceptional operation.

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William Bruce

Vineyard and farm manager – He’s the one in the vineyard making sure that the next vintage will be the best.

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Leon Poi

Head Chef  – The guy that manages the creative team, he harnesses their passion to deliver exceptional products every time.

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Susan Bruce

Business owner who tries to make sure everyone is pulling together and in the same direction!

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Annette Thompson

Office Manager – She makes sure that the money keeps flowing and the orders keep rolling.

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Marcel Schulter

General Manager – Our numbers man, who makes sure our plans and goals are turned into day to day reality.

History

Poachers Pantry is located on land that was traditionally owned by the Ngunnawal tribe, the first European to settle here was in 1850 by a Major Johnston, a member of the Rum Core. He built a slab homestead around 1870 and then the woolshed about 1895. He regularly mortgaged and remortgaged the property due to gambling debts and sold the farm in 1919 to the Mundy family. They built the current homestead in 1920 and ran a grazing operation. The farm then changed hands in 1959 to the Kelly family who build the 70 acre dam with the plan for a dairy farm to supply Canberra’s growing population.

 

Rob’s father, John Bruce, bought the farm that is now home to Poachers Pantry in 1973. The magnificent Golden Elm the centre piece of the Homestead lawn was planted in 1975 and we moved here nine years later so that Rob could manage the family’s grazing operations both here and in the ACT.

History Continued…

In 1991 Poachers Pantry was built to supply hotels and restaurants with a range of smoked meats that would impress chefs and foodies. We didn’t open to the public until 2001, firstly just out of the back of the factory and then in 2002 we converted the old cottage into the Smokehouse Cafe. From there our retail following grew, and our retail range was started.

 

Since then the factory has been extended, rebuilt and renovated; the restaurant went through a major renovation in 2016 and the grounds have gradually grown up around us. Amazing what can happen over 30 years!

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  • Such a peaceful morning, turning into a gorgeous day.
  • Our veggies were a little cold this morning. #snapfrozen
  • Our future is before us. 🍇 ⠀
No Black Friday around here.
  • Loving our clear sunny days.
  • Nothing better than a rack of smoked lamb on a cold day.
  • Our vines are having a rest, though our cellar door is full of wine for tasting. 🍷 ⠀
Open everyday 9.30am till 4pm.

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  • Edie’s 1st birthday 🎂 such a lovely year with the little miss.
  • A crispy start on the farm this morning.
  • With the vineyard winding down for another year it’s time for some farm work; replacing a 1950s fence with this killer view/ slope
  • Couple kgs of tassies finest 🤙
  • The icy pole delivery team; keep hydrated folks.  #v18
  • We’re on the homestretch now with Shiraz in the bin! A stupid amount of work goes into this block making picking a breeze 👌