Established in 1991, Poachers Pantry is a family business located between Canberra and Yass. It comprises The Smokehouse Restaurant, Wily Trout Vineyard, Farm Shop and Cellar Door, with the property’s expansive lawns and marquee available for weddings and events.
Poachers Pantry produces a wide range of award winning smoked goods, which are incorporated into the restaurant menu, sold in the Pantry, and distributed to delis and restaurants across the Canberra region. The Wiley Trout Vineyard, which was established in 1998, sits on the granite hills surrounding the property. Wiley Trout wines are also served and sold onsite, and distributed to local establishments and bottle shops.
William Bruce, Vineyard and Farm Manager at Poachers Pantry, says their location is ideal because they can access all of the facilities and amenities available in Yass and Canberra, and attract patronage from both. He says there are a number of quality regional restaurants, and Canberra itself is well known for its great restaurants and food scene.
Poachers Pantry has become a food hub in its own right, employing approximately 30 staff from Canberra and surrounding regions. William says that families travel to the property on weekends for the food and wine, and it’s only a short 20 minute drive from Yass or Canberra.
For those thinking of starting a business in the Canberra region, William says that it’s a fantastic place. “Having a regional business near Canberra has huge benefits: a rural lifestyle, and all the great schools and amenities you need on your doorstep!”