Spicers Hidden Vale
Homage is helmed by award-winning Head Chef, Ash Martin, who as the name suggests, wanted to pay homage to the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley areas by serving up delectable local, seasonal produce.
Upon entering the spacious Homage in the historic homestead overlooking the 12,000-acre working farm, you’re struck by the combination of tasteful décor and country-friendly service. Plush leather sofas, white tablecloths, fireplaces and bookshelves set the elegant mood, and as the retreat caters for families, conferences, romantic getaways and anything else imaginable, the clientele is mixed. Diners can opt to sit inside and enjoy the atmospheric recorded jazz or on the verandah, a perfect choice on a balmy evening.
Homage offers 2 a la carte menus, one being vegetarian and 2 tasting menus (one vegetarian) as well as a lunch 'Homestead' menu served between 12-3, that is constantly changing. On the first a la carte you'll find the likes of emu, cured yolk, emu apples and native pepper or Homage farm pork and orchard fruit for entree and pasture raised hen with cauliflower and smoked cheddar or lamb with fire tail anchovies, olive and white chcolate for seconds, and, for thirds, passionfruit and roses or lemon, meringue and myrtle.
The vegetarian a la carte might include local beetroot tartare and native pepper or pumpkin slow roasted in "vegemite" with macadamia for entree and rosemary smoked mushroom, olive and chard or local goat's brie, fermented frickles, puffed grain and rocket for main.
With the Homage philosophy of using local produce – including vegetables grown in their own 89-bed market garden – you can be sure that everything is absolutely fresh.
In line with the formal-meets-casual atmosphere, diners are invited to move to the sofas for dessert, which can be enjoyed with a game of Chess.
While older children can opt for the main menu and find it thoroughly delicious, Homage does have a special menu for younger children. To supplement the menu here’s a comprehensive wine list with choices from Australia, New Zealand, France and Italy. On the whole, a dining experience here is definitely a special one and well worth the 60-70 minute drive from Brisbane (30 minutes from Ipswich), and there's always the option of staying in the charming cottage accommodation.
Homage also offers breakfast with stunning views out to the mountains of the Scenic Rim and down to Mount Lindsay at the back of the Gold Coast. As well as individual serving boards of bircher muesli, croissants and fruit, the Poached free range egg, salt roasted vine tomatoes, local bacon, whipped fetta, beetroot relish and dukkah is delcious and highly recommended.
Need to know - The Sunday lunches are also extremely popular, with choices such as Beef burger, brioche bun, pickles, smoked cheddar and fries, or Tempura fish and chips, caper coleslaw and house made tartar guaranteed to help satiate any country appetite Be sure to book in advance for the Sunday jazz afternoons as they’re usually a sell-out.
by Vicki Englund
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617 Grandchester Mt Mort Rd
1300 179 340