Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

While many of the re­gion’s apples are sold to su­per­mar­kets, Sut­ton’s Juice Fac­tory, Cidery and Dis­tillery turns the fruit into a huge range of prod­ucts, all sold at Ap­plethorpe.

Try some of their juices or cider and a slice of their fa­mous ap­ple pie, served with a scoop of spiced ap­ple cider ice cream.

David Sut­ton (left) and wife Roslyn have been run­ning the busi­ness for 24 years. They grow 30 ap­ple va­ri­eties and pro­duce 100,000 litres of ap­ple juice and 10,000 litres of cider a year.

For the beer lovers, the Granite Belt Brew­ery is not to be missed. Try the brew­ers plat­ter which fea­tures emu skew­ers, spiced pulled buf­falo and veni­son pas­trami along with dessert, each paired with a beer to com­ple­ment the dishes’ flavours.

If you’re af­ter some­thing deca­dent be­tween hik­ing through Gir­raween Na­tional Park and vis­it­ing the vine­yards, Heav­enly Cho­co­late in Wy­berba is full of sweet treats in an equally de­light­ful set­ting.

A stone’s throw from Gir­raween’s walk­ing tracks, Heav­enly Cho­co­late’s name is pretty self-ex­plana­tory. Glenys and An­thony Bam­berry were look­ing for some­thing en­tirely dif­fer­ent when they stum­bled on the busi­ness about 18 months ago, but they took the plunge and haven’t looked back.

“We fell in love with the town on the first day, then we came out to this place and we just knew,” Mr Bam­berry said.

They’ve re­turned the shop to its for­mer glory, once more mak­ing choco­lates on site so their cus­tomers can en­joy a sweet taste of the Granite Belt. There’s also a huge range of hot cho­co­late flavours.

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