We recently re-visited Wallaroo’s Bond Store – Microbrewery, Distillery and Restaurant. I really want you to know that we do not go back for a second year of featuring an outlet or tourism operator unless the are the absolute bee’s knees. This place? There is no way we were not returning to update their feature on our website. It’s a must visit on any Yorke Peninsula Itinerary, and yep, I don’t care if you are staying further south – find a way and work it in. Best part? Owners Derek and Nicole wan every one to feel welcome here – including the kids. Loved the Juniors menu.
Bond Store is a relatively new spot over in Wallaroo on the Copper Coast of Yorkes. It’s a place that honestly, has it all and is pretty unexpected for a regional town. The premises is a huge multi level property, including the main Bond Store restaurant, distillery (downstairs) and microbrewery as well as two accommodation spaces. It’s hard to fully comprehend all that this place has to offer for you and your group on your trip.
The open kitchen and menu blew us away. Love an open kitchen for appreciating how hard, passionately and efficiently chefs and their team work. Plus, open kitchen – nothing to hide – you HAVE to be brilliant. This kitchen has a talented multi cultural team that shines through brilliantly on the menu. The food is nothing short of brilliant, featuring quality, local produce craftfully prepared with a number of dishes cooked on the custom-made parrilla charcoal grill. Get the prawns. You can choose to share a selection of plates – tapas style, or if you wish, you can indulge in it all by yourself.
On the ground floor you will find a large space for dining and their brewery bar, with their impressive stainless brewing tanks on display for customers to see. Kids will love seeing it, asking you 100 questions that you probably can’t answer and also watching the busy kitchen staff. So fun. No one is getting bored here, and if they do – the team will be more than happy to whip out some colouring in sheets.
Heading down stairs to the distillery brings the real ‘wow’ factor. Award winning gin and spirits are made here. The distillery kit, in it’s sparkling shiny copper, is just magnificent. The crowning piece is the 500L still named Ginger, which sits with the rest of the equipment behind the bar. You must try a gin flight down here and don’t leave with out trying the Limoncello.
The cocktail menu is well priced an high quality. The perfect addition to a Mum’s time out weekend trip, date night or grown ups celebration. Almost too pretty to drink.
You would be forgiven to think that was more than enough for one place to offer, but Bond Store also offers 2 accommodation spaces. Firstly the cu@wallaroo cu1, a huge group accommodation facility just across the road from Bond Store on John Terrace. Catering for up to 72 people, it is really popular with school groups, sporting clubs and other large events. We have had a tour through and it is obvious why it is so popular. With a huge number of bunks and other sleeping options to cater for adults, as well as an enormous open plan living area and kitchen/laundry facilities, it sort of makes me wish I was either back at school or had more friends so I could book this place out!
If 72 is a bit too much for your group (and of course a group could be less than that and still enjoy CU1), then they also offer cu@wallaroo cu2 . This spot is on the top floor of the Bond Store and can sleep up to 30 people. Perfect for a group of several families who want to share the cost of a weekend away (The cost per person is extremely affordable and we would love to return with some crew – what a fun weekend it would be). Just like its baby brother, CU2 has all the self contained facilities needed to comfortably house large groups in a big space, as well as offering a huge balcony overlooking the main street in Wallaroo.
On both of our visits to this fantastic hospitality operation, we have been shown around by one of the owners Derek, who is always so generous with his time explaining his business vision and achievements. It is truly a magnificent place of the highest quality and it is easy to tell that this family are quality operators.
Book in a visit, be it for a meal, a beer or gin flight or a weekend away with a group – and then just try leaving with out a bottle of quandong gin and a bottle of limoncello! You can’t.
Find Bond Store at: 13 Owen Terrace Wallaroo South Australia (Two hours from Adelaide at the top of Yorke Peninsula)
Phone: (08) 8823 3809