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Seven places to go for a long lunch

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These leisurely lunch spots are perfect for sitting back, relaxing, and soaking in the day.

All serving amazing atmosphere, views, food, and drink, we’ve rounded up seven locations to make lunch an occasion, not an option.

Botswana Butchery (City)

Located in the heart of the CBD, if you have an important business lunch coming up in your calendar (or just want to treat yourself), Botswana Butchery in Canberra serves premium food in plush surroundings.

All about relaxed dining, the atmosphere is calm while the menu is full of classic dishes that are anything but basic. Settle into one of their cosy chairs and peruse the extensive wine list for a long afternoon discussing work and the brilliance of Aylesbury Duck, with fresh plum, star anis jus, and plum ketchup (pictured).

Shop CG14, Bunda Street, Canberra City | Open Monday to Sunday from 12 pm for lunch |

The Marion (Parkes)


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They might be known for their decadent high tea, but The Marion also has a fine dining a la carte lunch menu.

Using top-quality seasonal produce to create some mouth-watering dishes, you can choose between two or three courses (with some additional mains) – like zucchini flower, scallop and crab mousse, basil emulsion, and confit cherry tomato and gnocchi a la Parisienne, Murrumbidgee mushrooms, celeriac puree, grilled tomato dressing. And with a prime position overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, what sounds better than a few hours of indulging while taking in some of the best views of Canberra?

 Act Parks Depot, Barrine Drive, Parkes | Open for lunch, Monday to Friday 12 pm – 3 pm |

Rebel Rebel (New Acton)

Raw timber, smooth concrete, tactile earthenware and linen, plush banquettes, and sleek lanterns – Rebel Rebel might have an industrial feel but it’s anything but rustic.

Offering a sophisticated meal that will impress both carnivores and plant-based diners, the one-hat restaurant is moody, trendy, and perfect for a long, moreish afternoon. Choose a bottle of wine to enjoy from the extensive wine list and feast on options like fried quail and harissa or sugarloaf cabbage, tahini, and harissa oil.

23 Marcus Clarke Street, Acton | Open Thursday to Sunday from 12 pm for lunch |

Beltana Farm (Pialligo)


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The moment you step into the beautiful Beltana Farm, you’ll feel forget that you’re even in Canberra.

Surrounded by a stunning 800-tree truffle orchard, here you’ll dine on some magical creations from Chef John Leverink that are setting a new bar for local restaurants. All designed to be shared and savoured, take a long lunch to truly enjoy the rustic charm and contemporary luxury of Beltana Farm – you’ll thank us later.

14 Beltana Road, Pialligo | Open lunch Thursday to Sunday from 12 pm |

Poachers Pantry (Springrange)


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Monkfish with seaweed and savoy cabbage roulade, Spencer Gulf king prawns, aged grass-fed rib eye and sunchoke parfait with baking spice and vanilla custard, preserved pears and hibiscus…with this is the autumn lunch sharing menu from Poachers Pantry.

Located in a beautiful rural property just 30 minutes from Canberra, this restaurant overlooks the vineyard and their gardens where they source a lot of their produce. Perfect for a lazy afternoon tasting wines and sampling their menus, turn lunch into a lengthy day trip.

431 Nanima Road, Springrange |

Brindabella Hills (Wallaroo)

Only open on the weekends for lunch, make the most of a leisurely afternoon at Brindabella Hills Winery. You’ll enjoy a two-course lunch paired with their wines, all while overlooking the rolling Murrumbidgee River and the stunning Brindabella Ranges.

The menu? Roasted pork belly with beetroot puree apple and lychee slaw, baked barramundi, housemade chickpea cake, and more. Views, wine, and a good time – nothing more needs to be said.

156 Woodgrove Close, Wallaroo | Open Saturday and Sunday for lunch from 12 pm |

Grazing at Gundaroo (Gundaroo)


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A long lunch at this award-winning restaurant is a no-brainer. Located in the beautifully refurbished 1865 Royal Hotel, here they emphasise seasonal and organic food, dishing up meals like Gundagai lamb, South Coast snapper and twice-baked eggplant (with a mouth-watering macadamia baba ganoush and miso nut ‘butter’).

Dine among walls adorned with artwork by local artists and wash down your meal with an extensive wine list of Canberra region labels.

42 Cork Street, Gundaroo | Open Thursday and Friday from 12 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11.30 am for lunch |

Feature image: Poachers Pantry. Credit: Thorson Photography.

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