Continuing my little culinary tour of Western Australia’s south west region (with more than a homage to wine see here and here), I’m sharing another delightful spot that we discovered many years ago. Hidden way down at the end of a long straight driveway flanked on both sides by rows of vines, you happen upon the charming Woody Nook. The rustic style buildings nestling in the bush consist of a farmhouse style restaurant and a cosy wine tasting area. Family run, warm and welcoming, it hasn’t changed much over the years. The gardens and veranda have been tastefully updated and a children’s play area added but otherwise it is pretty much the same as when we first chanced upon it back in the early 1990s.
Our 2 girls used to love playing around the old farm machinery at the front of the property – you can still see these implements from a bygone era near the entrance. Now a generation along, we have already taken our granddaughter, La Petite 1, there as a baby and hope we can take her and her little sister, La Petite 2, back before too long.
The award winning restaurant, The Nookery Cafe, serves up hearty plates of food whatever the season, though we especially love coming here on a cold crisp winter’s day. On this occasion at the end of last winter, Monsieur tucked into a large plate of sausages and mash whilst I enjoyed the fish of the day with vegetable accompaniments. Desserts were pavlova roulade and a delicious fruit strudel. Suffice to say we didn’t eat much for dinner that night!
Of course no visit would have been complete without a chance to stock up on the wine cellar. Yours truly was the “skipper” so watched on whilst Monsieur sampled potential purchases. We have always loved their cheekily named “Nooky Delight” a ruby red smooth port. The Velvet Rose with its pretty label that changes colour at room temperature (they use temperature sensitive ink) is another favourite of mine. The owner was delightful and the German waitress humoured me whilst I “practised” my German on her. She was about to return home after 8 years in Australia – nothing to do with my linguistic “skills” I hope! We ended up with a mixed dozen crate (we do a lot of entertaining!) and our hosts kindly agreed to pose for a photo (I did tell them about the blog and they were quite happy for a photo to be published and yes we did pay for the wine and our meals in full!). If anyone is interested you can find details of where to purchase Woody Nook wines here (they ship round the world and have importers in countries including the UK and the USA).
Having had a relatively mild summer so far we are just embarking on a week long heatwave (mid 30s to 40 degrees until late next week). It has therefore been rather nice to reminisce about a late winter’s day only a few months back! Prost!
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