Lunch at Edgecombe Brothers, Swan Valley
Edgecombe Brothers is a winery located in Henley Brook in the Swan Valley, just a few minutes from the entrance to Ellenbrook. As well as the obligatory wine tastings, Edgecombe Brothers has a cafe onsite, which is open 7 days a week from 10am. It has been on our list to try for some time, and today we headed there for lunch on this beautiful public holiday Monday.
You can choose to sit inside, but I don’t know why you would…to be closer to the wine, perhaps? This photo says it all really – the location is stunning, and it’s one of those places where you just want to stop and enjoy the view. The seating isn’t flash but it is comfortable, and you can always whip out a picnic rug if you’re so inclined. There’s plenty of space for kids to run around, too.
The menu isn’t particularly extensive but there should be something to keep most people happy – you can see the full menu here.
We ordered the tasting plate for two ($56), which includes cheese tart, olives, cacciatore sausage, cheddar, double brie, beetroot relish, smoked salmon, homemade dukkah, extra virgin olive oil, warm Turkish bread, salad and asparagus (if in season – we didn’t get any today). The cheese tart is buried under the two “loaves” of Turkish bread – it was an extremely generous platter, and everything was of top quality.
We substituted the smoked salmon for extra cheese tart, so we each had two pieces like this. The tart (bocconcini, feta, roasted pumpkin and caramelised onion) is also available on its own as a meal with salad ($22.50), and was light and delicious. There’s also a nice sounding potato frittata with sautéed mushrooms and smoked salmon or cacciatore sausage ($24).
I couldn’t resist trying an “old style in the can” caramel milkshake ($6.50) and wasn’t disappointed. This had plenty of substance – not a cup of milk whipped into a frenzy and filled with air like you get in far too many places. Of course you can partake in wine tasting (sparkling, white, red & dessert) or buy wine by the glass for $7.50.
Alf Edgecombe was walking around providing samples of Muscat grapes and talking to the customers – a lovely touch, and certainly not what we’re used to from the largely impersonal Perth restaurant scene.
Muscat is a dessert wine that is a speciality of Edgecombe Brothers, and it’s as good drizzled over ice cream as it is from the glass. I used it in last years’ Christmas trifle instead of sherry and received no complaints… Anyway, dessert at Edgecombe Brothers is all about the Muscat, and the standard dessert menu includes figs marinated in Muscat & coated with dark chocolate ($9.50) and ice cream blended with grape jam and topped with dried grapes in Muscat (also $9.50).
Adding to the usual desserts today was Muscat sponge and Muscat cheesecake. Renay chose the sponge, which came out in a ridiculously sized slab with a shot of Muscat on the side – all for $7.50. This was one of the lightest sponges I’ve ever tasted, I’m not sure whether the fact it was completely saturated in booze had something to do with this, but it just melted in the mouth. Divine.
I’ve heard good things about Edgecombe’s Devonshire Teas, so I ordered a single scone with a pot of English Breakfast tea for a very reasonable $7.50 (you can get 2 scones for $9.50). The scone is served hot with cream and grape jam, which is pretty much Muscat in jam form. Yum. This might not be to everyone’s taste as it’s nowhere near as sweet as traditional strawberry jam, but I really enjoyed it.
Edgecombe Brothers is also known for its asparagus, which is grown on-site and hand picked every day from September to February. If asparagus is your thing, Edgecombe Brothers run masterclasses every spring to teach you how to grow and cook it.
We really enjoyed our lunch today, and will most definitely be going back. The food was excellent, the surroundings were absolutely stunning, and the service was friendly and attentive, if a little haphazard at times. But this is the kind of place you go to relax and enjoy the experience, not if you’re in a hurry. Highly recommended.