Experience No.078 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
The Margaret River Providore is an irresistible combination of cellar door, pantry, organic cafe, orchard and olive grove all in one and is a superb, relaxed lunch destination.
Housed in an ultramodern, rammed earth building, the Providore is set among the ubiquitous Margaret River vines with an organic kitchen garden at the back.
Just like a providore should be, the shelves are loaded with jars of goodies and the fridges are overflowing with cured meats and alluring fresh food. The Margaret River Providore is the finest in what is already a fairly fine gourmet region.
Once you’re over the gourmet disappointment of the Margaret River township itself and realise that it’s all happening at the wineries and farm gates, you’ll be ecstatic to find the Providore. Housed in an ultramodern, rammed earth building, the Providore is set among the ubiquitous Margaret River vines with an organic kitchen garden at the back.
Inside is an array of glorious produce so enticing that the sampling is a meal in itself. With everything made onsite from garden produce, the pick are the condiments, relishes and chutneys. Beetroot and Orange Relish, Onion and Thyme Marmalade or Roasted Tomato Mustard are just some of the best and exciting.
The cafe looks over the vegetable garden and serves simple fare from there and from the food on sale in the Providore. You can also try some of the Coward & Black wines (joint owners of the Providore) and they have more than 1200 olive trees in a grove producing extra virgin and Kalamata table olives. Though not cheap, the food and produce are exciting and unique finds.
Where: 448 Harmans South Rd, Wilyabrup WA. (08) 9755 6355, www.providore.com.au
Did you know: Marmalade has been considered to be an aphrodisiac. During her short rein in the 16th Century, it was gifted to Queen Mary in the hope that it would help her have a son. It didn’t, and she died young in 1558.