Adelaide Hills

New Adelaide Hills café and plant shop offering lasagne toasties and flower workshops

“Families welcome, dogs welcome, everyone is welcome!” Roots & Reasons café is offering delicious toasties and flower arrangements all in one place.

If you’re travelling up to the Adelaide Hills over the long weekend, be sure to check out Hahndorf’s newest addition, the Roots & Reasons café.

Recently opening in the former home of cheese cellar and café, Udder Delights, the café is a plant shop, toasty destination and family-friendly venue all in one.

Launched back in April, owners Matt and Amber Kemp say the café has been a favourite for locals looking for an affordable spot free from the tourist crowds.

“We’ve had very good reception from locals,” began Matt.

“Everyone’s just said how amazing it is that there’s a café like this up here,” Amber added. “… something that’s just chilled and relaxed and has what they want without it being touristy, because the locals need to go somewhere as well.”

A favourite on the menu is the range of toasties on offer, each with creative (and delicious) flavour combinations.

“We’ve got one called Lasagne-ish, but it’s not a lasagne as such,” said Matt. “It’s the ingredients of lasagne in between bread.”

The toasty is a combination of rich beef ragù, three cheese béchamel and melty gouda, held together in a crunchy dark German grain bread. Not a bad winter warmer for the colder months!

“Our Ruben-ish toasty has also become pretty popular… and the shrooms!” said Amber. The latter includes a delectable combination of sourdough, truffle mushrooms, fresh pecorino, rocket and hazelnuts.

Okay, now we’re hungry.

All bread, fruit, and vegetables are sourced from the local Hahndorf fruit and veg market, so ingredients are fresh and high quality.

The family-run and family-friendly venue is a sea of greens, wood and white. Vines arch across the interior of the space, above the café’s centrepiece – a great communal table of recycled Oregon timber from Uraidla, handmade by Matt and Amber themselves.

The green aspect relates to their painted walls, emerald titles which line the front counter space, and the endless number of plants that adorn the walls. Strategically placed, of course, as the café doubles as a plant shop and florist.

“We’ve got some plants for sale and some [flower] arrangements, so every week there’s something different. Usually, it’s a fixture of foliage with a few feature flowers,” said Amber.

The pair also shared that once their basement is up and running, floristry workshops will be introduced to the venue as well.

Amber says workshops in time for the Hahndorf Festival are on the cards, as well as “mothers group days down in the cellar where babies around crawling age can have a move around without getting out.”

To find out more about the café, check out the Roots & Reasons Facebook and Instagram pages.

Roots & Reasons is open 7 days a week: 7am – 3pm (Mon-Fri) and 8am – 3pm (Weekends & public holidays).

Roots & Reasons is located at 91a Main Street, Hahndorf 5245.

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