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The Paddock

This Scenic Rim restaurant and cocktail bar sits on a 75-acre farm — and you need a passcode to get through the gates.
By Sarah Ward
September 07, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
September 07, 2021
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Escaping from the hustle and bustle, soaking in greenery-filled views and spending time next to a national park don't usually go hand in hand with sipping cocktails, but The Paddock restaurant and bar boasts all of the above. Being situated on a 75-acre wagyu and polo farm that doubles as a luxe retreat will do that, with this Scenic Rim newcomer forming part of Hazelwood Estate in Beechmont.

That means that you can stay in a cabin, but still spend your meals eating and drinking in style. Or, you can head down just for lunch, dinner and drinks from Wednesday–Sunday. Opt for the latter, and you'll still need to enter a passcode to enter the estate.

The Paddock restaurant boasts Cameron Matthews (ex-Spicers Group) as chef-in-residence, and has adopted a big focus on local products — including from the venue's own market garden and beehives. The food menu spans dishes such as beef tartare, camel milk gnocchi with brown butter and coal-grilled beef with salt baked potato, or you can treat yo'self to a two-course or three-course spread.

The Paddock also features the estate's cocktail bar, which spills out onto a terrace with views out over the valley — and serves up drinks that hero seasonal ingredients. Or, you can choose from sommelier Luis Buchan's wine list, with Australian and European drops getting pride of place. Aussie beers are also on offer, including an exclusive New England-style lager from Victorian craft brewery Edge Brewing Project that's only available onsite.

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