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The Plains Pantry – Gourmet Heaven in the Upper Hunter

I’m a born and bred Tamworth girl and living in Scone means I am regularly traveling along the New England Highway throughout the year to visit the family. On a recent trip I realised that the supermarket that’s situated across from the lovely Graze restaurant ( that’s another post all together……so good!) had been transformed into a gourmet grocery store called ‘The Plains Pantry’. Being a fan of all things gourmet I made it my mission to go in and see what its like one day, one day when I don’t have my blind golden Labrador to worry about being sooky when I don’t come back after 2 minutes! Well opportunity presented itself earlier in the week and with camera in hand I went in to investigate. Well I was blown away firstly by the gorgeous interior. Clearly the owners had put a great effort into transforming this old building (originally the Willow Tree Post Office) into something special with its glossy, black pressed metal ceiling, polished concrete floor and the two lovely large cathedral mirrors to greet visitors either side of the entrance. They stock a great selection of produce, many coming from Hunter suppliers which is fantastic. There was meat in their fridges from Colly Creek, if you have dined at Graze you will be aware that the meat served there come from this property which is not far out of Willow Tree. They also stocked Pukara Estate of Denman’s olive oils, vinegars and condiments along with biscuits from Bacco’s Bakeries at Murrurundi, cheeses and fudge from Hunter Belle, cider from New England Cider Co, Morpeth Sourdough, fresh fruit and vegetables an the list goes on……oh and a selection of gelato…can’t miss that! It makes you proud to be standing in a store that showcases all the great products being created and sold in our area. Now let me talk about how generous the people are from The Plains Pantry. I’m a sweet tooth and love a good slice and I pretty much had to pick my jaw up of the floor when I saw the size of their choc caramel, apple and sour cream and brownie slices. No joke I couldn’t leave without getting some for morning tea and they must have measured 10x7x7 cm!! and $5 so great value for money and they tasted so good, just like grandma used to make. ‘The Plains Pantry’ really is a gem in the Upper Hunter Valley and is so worth a visit if your in the area, I promise you’ll be glad that you stopped by. A big congratulations go out to the owners and workers there. I think its a wonderful addition to Willow Tree. I highly enjoyed my visit there and appreciate the opportunity to write and tell everyone about it. I wish you continued success for the future.


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