With the holiday season almost upon us, if you’re looking for a pit stop on the way to Canberra, consider Some Café in the tiny town of Collector. It’s only a couple of kilometres off the Federal Highway, and a picturesque spot to do some wine tasting and grab some lunch.
You’ll find the café in a beautiful 1829 historic building, right next door to the Collector Wines cellar door. It would be wrong not to start your visit with a spot of wine tasting at this award-winning Canberra District winery’s cellar door. A long-time fan of the Collector Tiger Tiger Chardonnay, a wine that has all the expected Tumbarumba hallmarks, on this visit I made my first pinot meunier purchase with the 2017 Collector Landfall ($34). It’s a lovely, wet, lip smacking red. I also bought the 2017 Collector Lamp Lit Marsanne ($32) – a savoury, flinty white with plenty of power.
Despite Some Café being the cellar door restaurant, they sadly don’t serve wine with lunch. I had to make do with admiring my purchases on an outdoor table, set under a corrugated iron awning to keep you out of the blazing sun.
Ordering is done inside, giving you a chance to get a gander at the interior. The menu is succinct and simple, and well connected to the surrounding area (home to just over three hundred people).
The Pialligo ham in the Toastie ($12.50) is sourced from fifty clicks down the road. It’s presented in a nicely toasted sandwich with just the right amount of tomato, Cheddar, mustard and mayo, and an excellent crisp, long cucumber pickle to cut the fat on the side.
Greeny ($14/2 slices) might look like eating your housing deposit, but is actually green tahini rather than smashed avocado, on toasted rye bread. It’s dressed with toasted sesame seeds, green leaves and great quality tomatoes.
We team our simple but satisfying lunch with well-made Iced Coffees ($5/each) because we have the long road back to Sydney ahead of us.
5/7 Murray Street, Collector
Ph: (0422) 132 883