The Southern Highlands is popular for getaways from Canberra. But head west down the Hume instead and you’ll come to Jugiong, a small country town reinventing itself as a boutique foodie day trip destination.
Kim has arrived from Western Australia to open up The Sir George – country charm with style and fun.
Bringing his artisan baking secrets with him, he serves up the most wonderful Bakers Lane sourdough bread that you can team with delicious share plates and tapas.
WARM LOCAL & ITALIAN OLIVES $8
HOUSE TERRINE $16 & DUCK LIVER PARFAIT $15
KIM’S CHEESE SELECTION $18
ANCHOVY BOARD TO SHARE $40 (spanish whites, rizzoli in extra virgin & salsa picante) – as Kim promised, bread dipped in the tin was divine.
Team this with an excellent bottle of $30 Italian prosseco or some hill tops wine by the glass very reasonably priced from $7.
Or perhaps choose a main dish like the great looking fish and chips $19.
Enjoy the tables outside ….
….or one of the gorgeous heritage nooks inside.
Open 10am until late, Sir George is closed Mondays.
Then there’s also the famous Long Track Pantry next door open 8-4 every day except Tuesday and serving an interesting and varied menu.
Browse the giftwares while you’re there.
Or around the corner are a couple of lovely home decorating shops including Tillia’s brand new The Yard full of gorgeous art and flowers.
If you’d like to make a weekend of it there’s some good Airbnb options.
Also, Sir George has exciting plans for boutique accommodation which I can’t wait to see.
I have a feeling Jugiong will just go from strength to strength. It’s a great discovery for those looking for something new which is close enough to Canberra for a spontaneous country lunch or weekend getaway.