I got a phone call on Thursday from Sam: did I want to get up really early Friday morning to possibly win a night away to one of the 7 Country Club Hotels and Resorts in South Australia. Of course I said yes, packed a bag, and got ready to leave at 6 the next morning. We were having dinner at the Adelaide Meridien Hotel & Apartment; Hayley, Craig, & Rabbit were broadcasting live, and there were around 20 other couples all hoping to win the night away.
Thankfully, we won! But so did all of the other couples there. After the winner was drawn it was announced that we’d all be going away. We were lucky enough to get a night at the Clare Country Club, and with the weather we had over the weekend it was great to get away somewhere full of plenty of cellar doors and warm fires.
We had a two bedroom spa suite. Right by the pool which I’m sure would be lovely in summer, and sat on a lake that would have been great to picnic by. We weren’t getting the chance to enjoy any of these because it rained, and rained, and rained. Instead we hopped from cellar door to cellar door. We drove up to Burra to Thorogoods Apple Wines & Cider cellar door. Their apple wines were interesting, but I’m not sure if they’re something I’d choose to drink too often. They were quite syrupy, with an oaky, earthy, flavour. We didn’t get to try the cider, they don’t open the bottles because otherwise the bubbles will run out. I still picked up two bottles to take home.
The other cellar doors we popped into were Jim Barry Wines, Knappstein Winery & Brewery, and then Annie’s Lane and Crabtree Watervale Wines on our way home. We also popped into the Sevenhill Produce Market on Saturday morning. There were so many jams and pastries, and everything looked delicious. There wasn’t much fresh produce there, but we reckon it was a combination of the rain and the fact that the Clare Gourmet Weekend was the week before.
For lunch we popped into the Wild Saffron Cafe. It was a gourgeous little cafe on the main street, that doubled as a store selling gourmet foods and cute homewares. I ordered salmon and lime fishcakes with a glass noodle salad. It was really light and refreshing. I was a little worried that the fish cakes would be dry, I didn’t quite know what to expect from this cafe, but they were soft and still quite moist, and broke apart easily. There was probably a bit more lime than you’d expect from a Thai salad, but I think it worked, I always like a bit of tang.
We had a main meal included in our prize so we had dinner at Conners, the restaurant at the Clare Country Club. We’d met another couple at breakfast that morning, and had made plans to join each other at dinner that night. Thankfully we bumped into them during the day so we could touch base and get out dinner reservations scheduled for the same time.
While mains were free, I couldn’t help but get an entree as well. King prawns on a guacamole type salsa. The meal was nice, but the prawns were a little overcooked, so I felt it could have been a bit better. The lamb on the other hand was cooked perfectly, still a bit pink, and it was topped with grilled vegetables and greek yoghurt. We of course ordered dessert, so I got the creme brulee, nice and creamy and with a good crack. We probably wouldn’t have eaten there if our mains weren’t free, the restaurant was pretty expensive, and while we all enjoyed our meals I probably wouldn’t have been happy if I was paying for it all.
We really had a great weekend away, and I’d definitely recommend the Clare Country Club to others. This was the first time I’ve been to Clare since I was little, and now I can’t wait to get back there.