There are plenty of happy people along the hinterland right now, thanks to The Craft, a perfect place for local craft beers and great food.
Nestled in the very familiar, large English-Tudor-style building on Flaxton Drive, which has housed a couple of eateries over the last 40 years, The Craft feels fresh and new, thanks to a recent refurbishment. Think English pub blended with a Bavarian beer hall, and with sweeping views to the ocean in a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.
Owners Dave Jarrett and his wife, Amanda Lamb, are making this venue a pivotal point for the local brewing industry, tourists and locals, and will be rotating craft beers and ales from the Sunshine Coast region.
“We will only ever have local craft beers on tap, and there are plenty to choose from,” shares Dave. “There are 23 breweries, and two distilleries on top of that, which we will move into celebrating in the future with gins and single malt whisky.”
The food style is “low-and-slow” according to Dave, “it’s real comfort food, with a bar snack menu when the kitchen is between hours.”
Visiting in the morning is the perfect time to appreciate the rising sun shining on the ocean and enjoy a hearty breakfast to start the day.
Popular choices are Eggs Benedict (with slow cooked pork belly or smoked salmon or double smoked ham), Savoury Mince with poached eggs, Veggie Stack (with basil pesto drizzle, grilled tomato, feta crumble and mushrooms) and Shakshuka (poached eggs in Shakshuka sauce with olive oil, capsicum, eggplant, garlic and North African spices, and your choice of chorizo or haloumi).
Looking at the lunch menu, there is plenty to tempt: Vietnamese Pork Belly Bao, Gourmet Pie, Steak Sandwich, Vegetarian Burger, Buffalo Sausage Sliders and fresh salads made to order, are just a few of the tasty options.
The reviews online have been raving about the food, drink and ambience, and The Craft team recently held a grand opening evening, which was packed to the rafters! This is no mean feat, as the space is expansive, with large French doors to spill outside when the weather warms up. There is also a large, welcoming fire crackling in the hearth for the winter months.
“This place is very special to us,” says Dave, “not only in fulfilling a long-held dream, but also because this was one of Amanda’s mum’s favourite places to visit and have a meal in the past.”
The Craft’s motto is local beer, local food and local music, and the aim is to showcase Sunny Coast producers, farmers and brewers all in the one location.
“We want to educate our customers on the flavours and nuances of different beers and produce, and we like to ask them questions to guide them to something they will really enjoy,” Dave says.
With its picturesque location, The Craft is also well situated to appeal to those on scenic drives and rides, with plenty of parking available.
In addition to The Craft, Dave and Amanda run The Garden Shed Nursery and Café next door, specialising in organic gardening, food forests, and chemical-free practices for successful growing.
The couple admit it’s hard work running the two businesses, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s a special place up here,” says Amanda, “and we love supporting sustainable methods of farming, gardening, producing, brewing and cooking through what we do – connecting everyone.”
Dave agrees, “The Sunshine Coast is an exciting place for quality food and drink, and we want to celebrate that.”
The Craft, at 344 Flaxton Drive, is open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday to Sunday, and dinner, Friday to Sunday. Upcoming events, such as Christmas in July, and Oktoberfest can be found on The Craft Facebook page.