In the middle of Main Street, Hahndorf, a new eatery celebrating South Australian produce has moved in. Owner Erica Rushbrook has fired up the wood burner to create a cosy, warm space to welcome visitors to Hahn and Hamlin.
“My focus has been on quality and simplicity,” says Rushbrook. But for this hospitality long-timer, simplicity is more than an aesthetic – it’s a necessity. Right now, she’s barista, cook and front-of-house at the cafe. “It’s a one-woman show at the moment,” she says, laughing.
Rushbrook has worked extensively in restaurants and wineries (including Coriole and The Currant Shed), and in health and nutrition around Adelaide. It was this experience that encouraged a love of local produce. “Our intention is to showcase South Australia,” she says. Every dish on the menu features local delicacies such as Beerenberg jam, Goodies and Grains muesli and Udder Delights cheeses.
Time spent living in New York inspired the delicatessen-style menu, from which visitors can try a range of cheese, pickles and cured meats. When you’re done, you can pick up a hunk of washed-rind cheese, a jar of chutney or a dozen eggs to take home.
For lunch there’s seasonal soup – in bowl or mug size – which pairs well with a changing menu of grilled sandwiches, including vegan options. Or tuck into a hearty main meal such as slow-cooked Moroccan beef stew.
Coffee is from Adelaide’s Rio Coffee. “We did want a local roaster, and we’re lucky in South Australia that we’ve got so many roasters to pick from,” says Rushbrook, adding that the beans are fair-trade and organic. You’ll also find Barossa-made Scullery Tea, Bickford’s soft drinks and Mojo Kombucha from Willunga.
For an afternoon tipple, local wines pair with a build-your-own cheeseboard that includes ashed and buffalo-milk varieties, or loaded hummus plates with pomegranate, feta, mint and sourdough.
The space is a heritage cottage (previously home to Bendbrook Wines, which populates the wine list) with the charm of exposed-stone walls, original wooden floorboards and a cosy fireplace. All it needed was a lick of white paint and bunches of native flowers – a theme that will be built on when the native garden is planted in the enclosed back courtyard.
“I want it to be a space that people from the community love to use. It’s not just eat and drink, it’s learn and engage,” says Rushbrook, who has collaborated with small-business owners to present workshops in the cafe space. Classes will be based around floristry, native flora pressing, painting and chocolate making – wine and cheese included.
Hahn & Hamlin
79 Mount Barker Road
Fri to Sun 10am–4pm