Winter has hit Hahndorf but the town hasn’t stopped buzzing even with a colder front rolling in, rather it’s just heating up. We’ve recently welcomed two new businesses to main street; foodie destination Hahn & Hamlin and gift shop haven, Blacksheep Hahndorf.
Blacksheep is the latest business to open up shop supporting Australian makers and designers. Located opposite the Hahndorf IGA, Blacksheep is full of gorgeous jewellery, natural products, greeting cards and hand-lettered custom chalkboards by Nutmeg Creative, and many more goodies. You can check them out on Instagram here.
Also supporting all things local, Erica Rushbrook, owner of Hahn & Hamlin, recently opened the providore and café with her partner to share and promote artisan-made products sourced from the Adelaide Hills and across South Australia.
The charming store is situated in a heritage cottage built in the late 1800s and features beautiful exposed stone walls and a fireplace. While it mainly operates as a café, it is also a gift shop, workshop space, art gallery and function venue – catering to visitor’s needs.
We recently stopped by the store, to chat with Erica about what locals and visitors can expect when they walk through the bright red door.
“Our menu is very light, we do an all-day breakfast menu – so beautiful muesli, we make our own compote from apples grown out the back and some local rhubarb, and it’s a Goodies and Grains muesli served with Fleurieu Milk Company yoghurt,” Erica says.
“We do eggs and ham and we also have a range of beautiful croissants that I get from the central markets. And then we do a lunch – I have a slow-cooked Moroccan stew, a la Beerenberg at the moment, and then we always have a beautiful soup of the day. And that I always make gluten free and vegan so that it caters to everybody.”
Hahn & Hamlin is all about supporting local South Australia as much as possible, sourcing their coffee from Rio Coffee (based in Stepney) and tea from Scullery Made (based in the Barossa).
Created as a providore for the locals, Erica says “on Saturdays we have fresh bread available, and they can pick up milk and locally pastured eggs at a really good price. We really want to encourage local people to come in, pick up their essentials, stay for a coffee and stay for a breakfast.”
“And for the visitors, we do have quite a lovely range of Adelaide Hills, South Australian foodie gifts available. And of course you can taste it all on the menu, so if you are a visitor, you can try all the different chutneys, relishes, breads, cheeses, and then if you really like it you can take it home for your family and friends to try as well… Or, you know, you can eat it yourself!”
If a high tea in Hahndorf tickles your fancy, Erica also offers high teas for a minimum group of eight people by booking. You can find out more here.
What’s more, they’re dog-friendly too with a bowl and doggie treats at the ready.
While we are very excited about these two new kids on the block, we are also looking forward to the opening of the Wolf Blass Museum later this year and the completion of The Haus’ new Conference Centre, which is underway at the moment.
The centre will be a state-of-the-art 150-capacity conference and events facility for all in the Adelaide Hills and the wider South Australian community to enjoy.
And that's not all, The Manna of Hahndorf, located conveniently on the main street, has also recently undergone a complete refurbishment to celebrate their 10 year anniversary! The Superior Rooms, Indulgence Spa Suites and Executive Rooms have never looked better and are the perfect place in the hills for short getaways, romantic escapes, business trips or family travels. You can find out more about The Manna and book a stay here.
So, is it time to organise a trip to the hills to discover what’s happening in Hahndorf? You can find more places to visit with the help of our directory here.
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