Hahndorf is a haven for rustic eateries that display a sense of comfort you can only really find where you call home. We spoke to one of the owners of a recent addition to Hahndorf and got her view on the towns iconic place in South Australian food and wine culture and what their standout venue is hoping to achieve.
Hahn & Hamlin, so named after two of the captains who made the first settlement at Hahndorf, is a renovated heritage cottage complete with open fires and a quiet courtyard, found on the well known Main Street of the town. Erica Rushbrook and her husband Joseph opened Hahn & Hamlin in June with the desire to add their flair in showcasing South Australian produce and wine.
Erica tells me that they specifically concentrate on food that is best had with complementary wine. This wine driven theme showcases some of the best wineries in the Adelaide Hills and surrounding regions. They’ve also begun to incorporate native ingredients in their popular dishes such as bush tomatoes in their Arancini balls and salt bush in their meatballs.
It’s not just native ingredients that are prized at Hahn & Hamlin, cheeses of all types seem to be a focus for the eatery. Featuring renowned hard cheeses from Woodside Cheese Wrights and delicious soft cheeses from Alexandrina Cheese Co, alongside selections from Udder Delights, Parish Creek and more. An epic selection of cheeses is a notable factor for a comprehensive grazing board unlike those found anywhere else. Erica has hinted to me that with the success of their Winter menu, the Spring/Summer one is going to feature more share plates and grazing boards.
You can find more than just a cute menu and cheeses to go with your coffee or wine, Hahn & Hamlin do functions too. Since their June opening they’re an old hand at birthdays and bridal showers but they offer fantastic catering services for engagement parties and even intimate weddings.
Erica has promised that the warmer weather brings some exciting news for their updated menu but until we find out more details on that, their soup of the day, slow-cooked Moroccan style beef and sourdough dukkah can still be enjoyed by hillside visitors. For those afflicted with dietary restrictions, Erica also assured me that they’re accommodating for everyone, from vegans, vegetarians, gluten free and even those who are lactose intolerant. Erica who has a background as a holistic nutritionist knows what she’s talking about for savvy alternatives.
City life escapees can even check out the Hahn & Hamlin workshops and masterclasses, they’ve held chocolate making classes, foodie workshops, fashion and sustainable crafts lessons and a cheese, wine and olive workshop coming soon.
Address: 79 Main St, Hahndorf, South Australia, 5245
Friday – Monday: 10:00 – 4:00
Thursday 10:00 – 6:00
Tuesday/Wednesday: private bookings only