The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar has been officially launched in the Brisbane CBD on the corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets, offering city dwellers and urbanites a unique place to call their new ‘local’.
Contemporary and stylish, The Croft House can be described as wine and farm country meets city pace. It’s versatile, accommodating and approachable with a sophisticated everyday luxury feel. It’s a place where cafe-styled food is a mix of grab-to-go, order from the counter and also à la carte by day; becoming a bar-centric bistro-style table service, shared plates and drinks venue by night. All day dining comes together in a refined cafe-bistro look and feel, bringing with it a new breed of dining experience to Brisbane.
Serving locally, sourced seasonal produce with a modern Australian a la carte menu, The Croft House is open for all day dining – breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week until late. Capturing the laid back Australian lifestyle, head chef Richard Mellor’s menu showcases a simplistic approach to flavours and dishes through regionally sourced produce.
With coffee beans from Hendra based independent coffee supplier, Wolff Coffee Roasters, city workers and locals can order their freshly made barista coffee via the coffee window on their way to work or it can be enjoyed within the restaurant alongside breakfast, brunch, lunch or teamed with fresh pastries and baked goods.
Venue Manager Jessica Lyon says, “The Croft House is a comfortable space where you can get really fresh food, high quality beverages including tasty craft beer and an extensive selection of Australian and international wines and cocktails. We pride ourselves on being able to support growers, farmers and producers and sharing this with our customers.”
Signature dishes include the TCH breakfast – quattro stelle smokehouse streaky bacon, grilled tomato, field mushrooms, fried eggs and organic sourdough. Also on the breakfast menu is the house cured salmon with toasted rye, avocado, Binnorie (Hunter Valley) goat cheese and a soft poached egg. For lunch, try the slow beef brisket on a soft milk bun with aged cheddar, spicy sauce and fries. Chef Mellor also recommends the selection of fresh house made salads and gourmet sandwiches – the ideal option for anyone that wants to grab and go their lunch or for someone that is looking for a fast and healthy dining experience.
Bypassing the charcuterie menu would be a sin with The Croft House’s array of cured and aged meats and selection of cheeses from Woombye, Gippsland, Milawa, France and Spain; all served with fruit chutney, walnut & rye bread and crisp bread crackers. The Butcher’s Board is perfect for grazing, with cured & smoked meats, farmhouse terrine, Italian bread, pickles and chutney.
There’s a heavy focus on craft beer with Newstead Brewing, James Squire and Two Birds all available, alongside ciders and a few international favourites. The wine list has been curated by venue manager Jessica Lyon who has skillfully captured a mix of well-known local and international wines and a few different options for the more adventurous winer and diner. Also available are some amazing top end whiskies and gins for the serious spirit drinker.
The space is as individual as the name. Featuring high elements of design and detail, Melbourne based interior designers BrandWorks were engaged twelve months ago to conceptualise and work on the project. Attached to THE SEBEL Brisbane, the space was gutted, renewed and completely fitted out to the highest detail. Offering quality with a bit of glamour and city sophistication, all which influenced the branding and interior details with hints of marble, brass and herringbone tile.
Inspired by the heritage of the land, the site upon which The Croft House sits was previously home to farmland. ‘The Croft’ also refers to a patch of land which is a source of agriculture and that’s where they take the focus of local suppliers and locally sourced. This is showcased in The Croft House’s coffee, ceramics, art pieces and the food; all of which have been locally sourced throughout the Queensland region with the gold drop leaf marble even being mined from quarries of Cairns.
From Sunrise to Sunset, the interiors exude urban luxury. Featuring lush tropical planters and dark greenery to help bring a ‘local touch’ to its ambiance with a contrast of natural light and air, to darkened wood, steel and brass overtones. Local artisans feature strongly throughout the restaurant which help tie together the modern Australian theme.
Collaborations with Queensland local artisans such as Susan Simonini has seen a beautiful ceramics collection hand built exclusively for The Croft House’s signature dishes. Susan’s work is beautifully rustic, in colours that reflect the native palette. Organic and quintessentially Australian, Susan’s ceramics pair perfectly with the menu and make the new space feel more like home.
The restaurant also features works by Kirralee & Co who focus on mindful and sustainable botanical pieces. Creating flora vessels from recycled materials, Kirralee with her husband designed, made and curated a selection special items for the project including a new octagonal design that has become the banquette feature bringing the space to life.
Artworks by local artist Karen Collins compliment the walls of the restaurant, capturing rural scenes of Queensland and wider Australia.
Looking to the future, The Croft House’s vision is to continually provide an on-trend and exciting menu which will be updated seasonally. Exclusive wine dinners and whisky tastings will be hosted in future.
Evenings after work are set to be lively with local artist in residence Steven Childs playing every Friday from 5pm until 8pm. It’s the perfect place to tune out with a beer or delicious wine and some charcuterie in hand.
The Croft House is open 7 days a week and is located on the corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets and whilst many CBD establishments are only open Monday to Friday, The Croft House is always open, from sunrise to sunset until late.