Set in the historic, beautifully restored Tramsheds development in Glebe, Butcher and the Farmer is - we're not afraid to call it early - set to be one of the biggest restaurant openings of the year. We're reticent to call it a restaurant though - with a butcher, smokehouse, bakery, bar and solid takeaway offering on site as well as space for 300 seated, it's so much more.
Opening today, the sprawling space is the brainchild of chefs Jared Ingersoll (of Danks Street Depot and Cotton Duck fame) and Simon Van Twillert. Guided by Ingersoll's staunch farm-to-table philosophy (he was one of the earliest advocates of the trend), Butcher and the Farmer aims to celebrate the freshest produce made by some of Australia's best farmers.
"The suppliers we are working with have been chosen, first and foremost, based on the flavour of their produce and because they are passionate people who pay close attention to every single part of their production," Ingersoll says. He's chosen pork from Crackwillow Farm in Oberon, biodynamic eggs from Cornucopia Farms, meats from Richard Gunner and Scott de Bruin in SA and dairy from Country Valley and Pepe Saya. Bread will be custom-made by neighbouring bakery Dust.
Dishes on the opening menu are set to include smoked garlic toast with grated parmesan, smoked beef short rib and spit-roasted lamb, house-made charcuterie, pickled and preserved vegetables and yoghurts cultured on-site.
Given the Butcher and the Farmer's parkside location, an extensive takeaway menu spans baked goods like crumpets and pound cakes, Rosso coffee and more substantial meals like coal-roasted Holmbrae chicken and smoked brisket with fermented chilli sauce. The butcher will break down whole animals on site each week, selling prime cuts, house-made sausages and rotisserie chickens.
In other words, whether you're eating in, taking away or planning a dinner party at home, Butcher and The Farmer is a must visit. From September 22 it will be open seven days a week from 8am for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Shop 7, Tramsheds, 1A The Crescent, Forest Lodge, NSW.