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Not just Some Café

Beatrice Smith

“It just seemed like the best name for the place,” explains Oliver Chiswell, co-owner of Some Café, Collector’s newest eatery.

Oliver and his partner Lucy started Some Café almost a year ago but have since finalised their permanent home on Bourke Street in Collector, recently landmarked by a sign created by local industrial Designer Tom Skeehan and artist Rachel Byron.

Some Cafe's latest addition

Some Cafe’s latest addition

Reopening today, Saturday January 16, Some Café appears to be a ‘Lonsdale Street meets the country’ style establishment, albeit in a somewhat unexpected location.

“The community out [in Collector] is great, there are a lot of people doing different things like ceramics, meat, fruit and honey,” explains Oliver. “A big part of what we’re doing is creating a place where you can buy and eat locally made produce, so Collector was perfect”.


Oliver says Some Café’s “cosy and country” atmosphere is reflective of the location, in both the hospitality and style of cooking. “Our menu is pretty simple, we do all the cooking ourselves and try to use as much food as we can from the area.” Oliver and Lucy will be following a paddock-to-plate philosophy in their menus, “we have chickens out back – they give us our eggs. The kitchen garden is on its way too,” they explain.

“We’re keeping the menu simple, trying to use the local produce as it changes with the seasons. We have local cherries for cherry pie and pumpkins in abundance in May.”


The interior promises “lots of flowers, a few home made frames and some local artwork,” explains Oliver. “The building’s from the 1820’s, we used some of the original wood to make tables. We’re keeping the space pretty open, there’s a lot of wood and white walls.”

Some Café promises speciality coffee – “We’re getting our coffee from Allpress in Sydney. They’re a great company and do great coffee” – and Oliver’s favourite menu item will have many Canberrans excited for a day trip North: “The egg and bacon roll. Nothing beats local bacon, fresh eggs and home made tomato sauce.”


When asked what type of patrons Oliver and Lucy expect at Some Café (either Sydney-Canberra travellers or day-trippers in search of a special dining experience) they’re optimistic for both crowds.

“We’d love Some Café to become a destination as well as a healthy option for travellers. We want it to be a space where people can come and spend a day in the country with some hearty food and a game of backgammon.”


Looking for more places to eat between Canberra and Sydney? Check out this article.

the essentials

What: Some Café
Where: Bourke Street, Collector – about a 40 minute drive from Civic
When: Opening Saturday 16 January, check their website for hours
Web: Check out their Facebook page here


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author