Feature image by Lewis Potter
Popular Clare Valley restaurant Seed is set to return to Clare in 2021, with an expanded offering and purpose-built space.
Chef and restaurateur Guy Parkinson, together with business partners Sam Macdonald (SJM Carpentry & Building), Candice Leighton (Seed) and Sam Maitland (Pangkarra Foods), has embarked on extensive renovations of a property in the main street of Clare, formerly a 1970s Commonwealth Bank.
The original Seed Winehouse + Kitchen opened in 2014, and whilst the ethos of the original venue will remain, the new offering is more diverse.
Known for his celebration of relaxed, regional dining, Parkinson will work alongside Head Chef Louis Ritchie to develop menus that will continue to celebrate simple, quality ingredients, with a European accent.
Seed’s new iteration will include a daytime deli/providore, a nighttime bistro, and a rooftop bar, with venture into events, which are expected to spill out into the adjoining laneway.
The rooftop bar is expected to open in February 2021, with the full offering open for business soon after.
“This new space means that we are able to deliver on the long-term vision that we have always had for Seed,” says Parkinson.
“At our old location we were limited by what we could do beyond the core dining experience. So, when the opportunity came up to renovate the bank with local builder and friend Sam Macdonald, we couldn’t go past it.
“It means we can push ourselves further and offer more for both Clare Valley locals, and visitors to the region.”
Unique to the building itself will be the wine room, which is located in the bank’s original vault.
A rooftop bar will provide both a new perspective on the township, and a drinking experience that is unique to the region, and a custom built wood-oven will produce Napoli style pizza, along with freshly baked bread and pastries.
The new space will also boast an exterior mural by Queensland-based street artist EJ Zyla, commissioned by Seed in conjunction with SJM and the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council.
Mural painting is currently underway, and can be viewed by passers-by from mid November.
“We’re so excited to watch our vision come to life in a space that is designed specifically for it,” says Leighton.
“We’re lucky to be located in a region that has such incredible access to produce and producers, and we can’t wait for the new Seed to really work to activate the town and help to celebrate the region.
“The partnership with Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council through the commissioning of EJ Zyla’s mural is central to this.”
Since closing Seed’s 1880s farmhouse location in January this year, the Seed team have been operating a takeaway pop-up, Seed Street Diner, and catering business in Clare.
More to come.