Discover regional treasures...
On a recent trip to Canberra, I took the Jugiong exit off the Hume Freeway (not far past Gundagai) on a recommendation, and headed for pretty much the only store in town - The Long Track Pantry. Upon entering, the charming old bull nosed verandah houses an attractive display of baskets, brooms and decorative items, in amongst old pine tables and an eclectic mix of chairs and stools.
Once inside, the heavenly wafting aromas led me to the counter as I pondered one tantalising choice after another. I was suddenly enveloped in the warmth of baking while enjoying the scent of the busy, whirring coffee grinder. It was a bustling lunchtime period and I was lucky to secure the last table.
I believe there's nothing like a really great sandwich, and my instincts told me that this store was only delivering winning tickets ! In the end, I chose a humble cheese toastie......oh my !!! Homemade bread and butter, a beautiful Wensleydale cheese and a generous serve of housemade Red Onion Relish. This heavenly sandwich was perfectly crisped on the outside complimenting the moreish, melted interior. The side garden salad with a splash of housemade dressing, was the perfect pairing for this delightful sandwich. Simplicity at it's best and oh so satisfying !
I couldn't have left this store without a few pantry items. Of course I coudn't go past the Red Onion Relish and that yummy dressing - known as Long Track Dressing. I was intrigued by a Plum & Passionfruit Jam, Apricot and Almond Jam as well as a large bottle of some very aromatic balsamic dressing. Lovely purchases indeed !
This gorgeous store, bursting with creativity and high quality, artisan goods is one of the best "off the beaten track" places I've come across in ages. I'm now researching more hidden treasures, for future road trips. I certainly can't wait to revisit The Long Track Pantry !