Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Cafe Canberra

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$40 and under
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Barbecue
One of Canberra's best regional restaurants, the Smokehouse Cafe boasts an exceptional Ala Carte menu, and function menus available for groups. We offer free tasting of our Poachers Pantry smoked meats, and free tastings of our Wily Trout wines. Both the wines and smoked goods are produced here on the farm property since 1991.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast: Sunday & Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30am
Lunch: Sunday & Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(02) 6230 2487
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Marcel Schulter
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Plenty of Free Parking.
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
Food
3.8
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.6
Value
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Canberra / ACT
3 reviews
Reviewed on 6 February 2019
Overall5FoodServiceAmbience

Great brunch with space for kids to run and play on the grass. Really enjoyable and value for money

OT
Dined on 15 May 2016
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The ambience and service were good but the Mains were a HUGE disappointment. We enjoyed the Farmhouse charcuterie board to share, the portion was enough for 4 people. However, for the mains we ordered the smoked rack of lamb and smoked duck breast. To our disgust, both pieces of protein were COLD CURED with the fats not rendered off. The lamb had no lamb flavour & everything that was on the plate was unpalatable. I ate my duck breast because it was $37 although it just tasted like ham. Overrated

OT
Dined on 15 May 2016
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

From ordering to service 40 minute wait, food arrived white of eggs uncooked but yolks solid, no fresh orange juice left - had sold out on a Sunday morning after only being open for 90 mins.Average service for a quiet Sunday morning had to follow up with wait staff on where and when the food would arrive, very poor experiance won't be going back!

OT
Dined on 14 May 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our second visit to Poachers Pantry a lovely venue with nice local wines and smoked meats. The only downside to the occasion was that the barramundi was very fatty and mushy. Others enjoyed the duck.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A group of friends had brunch recently which we enjoyed very much. An easy, lovely drive from Canberra set the tone. The staff were friendly and helpful with special requests, the food came out hot and fresh, and the ambiance was rustic and inviting. Portions were not large, and I dare say some dishes may have needed another dash of salt. That said, each of us commented that we will absolutely be back. We didn't taste the wines on this trip, but some of us purchased some smoked products to take home. Absolutely delicious!

OT
Dined on 24 April 2016
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Waiter served spilt wine glass. Had to ask it to be cleaned up, as wine spilt on table. Not cleaned properly so had to source a paper napkin from side table to clean glass. Cheese was not served with shared platter that stated cheese. When provided, only served small amount that did not balance with other platter dips. Too much acidity. Great written menu but it didn't realize itself on plate. Too minimal serves for a country restaurant. Didn't warrant $38 for mains.

OT
Dined on 24 April 2016
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

underwhelmed at poachers pantry

OT
Dined on 22 April 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely location, delicious food, smooth service and decent wine.

OT
Dined on 22 November 2015
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Food was delicious except anything with a pastry in it (goat cheese tart and Mille feuille). They need a chef who can do pastry or take those things of the menu! Our entrees came out at the same time as our mains. We asked to eat the mains first (they were hot) and have the entrees after. They agreed but then brought the entrees back about 2 mins later. Bad communication between staff and overall very unprofessional.Overall atmosphere and food was very good, but they need to train staff!

OT
Dined on 15 November 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent shared starter and main; desserts ok

OT
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Been coming to Poachers for 10 years now and the menu is getting a little over-complicated. Please keep it real guys.

OT
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Actually the food was not that good as the first when I came out two years earlier.

OT
Dined on 6 November 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch on a Friday and pretty much had the place ourselves. Perfect way to spend a special moment with my wife.

OT
Dined on 31 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic location with stunning scenery. You truly feel like you have escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city. Great quality food and service. The cellar door wine tasting was a bonus too!

OT
Dined on 25 October 2015
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice spot

OT
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely time at the Smokehouse cafe. The food was lovely, the wine from the Wily Trout was really good and went well with the meal. The restaurant looks out on a lovely garden and was perfect for our celebration.

OT
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A favourite!

OT
Dined on 18 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Thank you for making this occasion special for us :) We will definitely come back - Food was really scrumptious. My only gripe was that the smoked duck dish was really small for a main and it wasn't worth the price.

OT
Dined on 18 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious and beautifully presented, the service was great and it was a perfect venue for a special family lunch.

OT
Dined on 18 October 2015
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Celebrated our wedding anniversary. Great food and friendly service

OT
Dined on 17 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

great little place.....with even better food

OT
Dined on 17 October 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was fantastic and great setting in the country

OT
Dined on 11 October 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Appealing country venue, interesting menu in relation to food combinations, our party of 3 all ordered something different and everyone was very pleased with their choice of main & dessert

OT
Dined on 4 October 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An awesome place to go, food, staff and service absolutely awesome

OT
Dined on 27 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

We ordered the lamb roast but it was not as nice as the previous time. The beef cheeks were amazing though. We ordered the meat platter to share, best meat selection but the lavosh was soft. I asked the waitress if it's normally soft and she said yes. I've had lavosh numerous times and it was always hard and crispy. That was disappointing that the waitress was not as attentive.

OT
Dined on 20 September 2015
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

One of our favourite places in the Canberra region. Great to just order a charcuterie platter and share the delights from the smokehouse, or order one of the truly unique creations off the menu.

OT
Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice setting but food took over 45mins to come out and we had to ask where it was at, we were not keep up to date with it's progress. Customer service and food was great though.

OT
Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

they accommodated our special requests and circumstances.

OT
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Hi thereTook my Mum over the weekend as an early bday lunch and were disappointing to find the old Duck dish was no longer there and the menu had been changed. Table was also dirty but apart from that service was fine. Overall still a great restaurant but just wasn't quite the experience i was hoping for.

OT
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall1Food1ServiceAmbience4

First waiter stuffed up our order. After waiting an hour entrees had not arrived & when I enquired I was told there was no entree order. The host was more interested in determing which waiter had messed things up rather than apologising to our group. Food looked nice but was very overpriced based on the poor quality & lack of flavour. Waitress who served us at the time of paying was a rude, miserable cow & sealed the deal that we will not return to PP.

OT
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Beautiful surrounds, scrumptious food and absolutely lovely staff, a real pleasure to spend time there!

OT
Dined on 13 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice day out, feels like the country but short trip from CBD.

OT
Dined on 12 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed our brunch experience. Friendly staff and delicious food.

OT
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our best dining experience so far in Canberra. The food was divine, atmosphere excellent and staff friendly and cheerful. Went for Father's Day lunch and although there were young children there they ran free outside leaving the rest of us to dine in peace. Will return again and again!

OT
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

We enjoyed our visit but our main memory will always be the one tiny slice of lamb for the entree, disappointing really.

OT
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent experience, have been a few times and loved it every time. Not cheap but you really get what you pay for, excellent food and service in a beautiful location.

OT
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The service was fantastic and the food was delicious!

OT
Dined on 5 September 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Main Course ravioli not a main course sizeAll other meals excellentBaguettes too dry and overpriced

OT
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great lunch here, certainly lives up to reviews, would recommend a visit.

OT
Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Beautiful rural spot & rustic atmosphere now with an excellent sealed road...much appreciated.We had breakfast, sweet bread with ricotta custard, the caramelized apples were cold & raw. Too many walnuts on plate...I hate waisting good food.Overall other breakfast plates looked inviting. I love the rural location & always enjoy returning to this well presented restaurant. Congratulations to all the staff & owners for you're hard work, it stands out.Thankyou.