The Packing Shed at Lawnbrook in the Perth Hills was re-opened earlier this year after an extensive renovation – set among rolling lawns and gardens, and with a backdrop of bushland, it has become a popular destination for visitors to the Hills wine region.
The Packing Shed itself has been lovingly restored and has both indoor seating, as well as tables and chairs on the covered patio looking over the lawns and across to Brookside Winery on the other side of a small creek – and they also supply picnic blankets if you want to sit back and relax under the shade of one of the many trees around the place. Near the front door a counter offers the chance to sample the estate wines – a Sparkling, Chardonnay-Semillon blend, Pinot Rosé and Shiraz – all with eye catching labels, and all of high quality.
The menu has a range of breakfast and lunch dishes – café style food such as house made pies, quiche, chicken skewers and the like – along with coffee and cake, and of course their wines by the glass or bottle.
On a sunny Saturday we sat out on the patio, sipping on a glass of Rusty Pony rosé, fragrant bouquet of cherries and rose petals, it is crisp, dry with cascading flavours of raspberries and pomegranates filling the palate – wonderful Spring in the Hills drinking!
Chilli and lime bruschetta was another worthy summery day meal – two large toasted slices of crusty bread, topped with diced juicy tomato and red onion, given a lift from the everyday with the inclusion of sliced chilli and a drizzle of lime infused oil – and half a ripe avocado to round things out.
A pork, apple and fennel sausage roll was likewise a generous sized dish – the succulent sausage filling inside a crumbly, buttery pastry case, salad on the side.
This is a family oriented place – plenty of room for kids to run around and kick a ball – even toys inside to entertain them – the food is hearty, well cooked and good quality, the wine very good, and the waiters friendly and helpful. A very pleasant stop over when you are next up in this fantastic wine region so close to Perth.