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Pialligo Estate: much more than a Farmhouse

By Tim Benson - 3 November 2017 0

Pialligo Estate covers 55 acres.

Pialligo Estate covers 55 acres.

Yes, the Pialligo Estate Farmhouse recently, and tragically, burnt to the ground – but are you aware that Pialligo Estate is a 55-acre estate and that the Farmhouse was certainly a highlight, but far from the only attraction? For example, you can still dine from the Farmhouse menu Tuesday to Saturday nights, in one of four Garden Pavilions on the estate.

Garden Pavilions at Pialligo Estate.

There are four Garden Pavilions at Pialligo Estate.

The message coming from Pialligo Estate is ‘we are open for business’.

You can still dine at Pialligo Estate. You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner, organise a function, hold your wedding, buy the fabulous bacon and smoked meats, order hampers and hams for Christmas … and much, much more.

“I want to acknowledge the wonderful outpouring of support we have received since the Farmhouse burnt down. People have brought us food and local businesses have come out and shown their support. This is what the Canberra community is all about,” Charlie Costello, General Manager Pialligo Estate, said.

Charlie says they are determined to rebuild the iconic Farmhouse but are concentrating on delivering services from the many other facilities at Pialligo Estate.

“One of the positives that may come from the tragic Farmhouse fire is that we can highlight the many other offerings we have at Pialligo Estate,” Charlie said.

Many Canberrans think of Pialligo Estate as being ‘exclusive’, ‘expensive’ and ‘only for a special occasion’.

The fact is, after the recent shutdown and four months of renovations, the restaurant reopened with a new look, new chef, lower price point and a more bistro/sharing style menu.

“The food and beverages are still excellent but more accessible to our wonderful patrons,” Charlie explained.

10 things at Pialligo Estate you might not know about:

  1. Pialligo Estate covers 55-acres (not just the bit at the top where the restaurant was);
  2. They have four Garden Pavilions seating up to 25 people in each, where you can dine on the Farmhouse menu;
  3. A Glasshouse marquee with a capacity of 200 people that is used for weddings, events and corporate functions;
  4. An established market garden covering four acres where they grow their vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are used in the kitchens;
  5. A four-hectare vineyard growing grapes to make Riesling, Shiraz, Sangiovese, and Merlot. Producing approx. 7.5 tonnes of grapes per year;
  6. An orchard with over 1200 trees and 100 different varieties of apple, persimmons, quinces, pears, peaches, nectarines etc.;
  7. Olive grove with 400 olive trees (Coriggiola, Tuscan) producing up to 1000 litres of award-winning olive oil per year;
  8. The gardens and the orchard were designed by Paul Bangay (Australia’s foremost Garden designer);
  9. The Smokehouse is still up and running and all of the much-loved smoked meats, such as bacon, sausages, hams, duck, salmon, chicken, pork and trout are still available and have not been affected by the fire at the Farmhouse;
  10. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days of the week (check times here).
Charcuterie share boards

One of Pialligo Farmhouse Charcuterie share boards.

Because a lot of marketing and media attention focused on the successes of the Farmhouse and the Smokehouse, the other great attractions and facilities at Pialligo have yet to be discovered by many Canberrans.

“We look forwarded to continuing to welcome Canberrans to Pialligo Estate with everything we have to offer,” Charlie concluded.

Pialligo Estate is open for business.

Coming up at Pialligo Estate: The Farm Gate Markets are on 5th of November – with local stall holders, showcasing gourmet food, wine, and spirits, in addition to live music and a petting zoo. Canberra Helicopters will also be doing flights around the lake.

Canberra has many hidden attractions that long time locals are not aware of. Did you know that Pialligo Estate had so much to offer? What is your favourite Pialligo Estate feature? Let us know by commenting below. 

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