They’ve created an exceptional restaurant in Scone and employ a team of 15 people, providing them a wonderful opportunity to further their career in hospitality. They have a bespoke drying room for aged beef and a smoker in their courtyard. And the smoked meat tastes just as good as it smells.
As a result of the work Colin and his team are doing with these, The Cottage is becoming renowned for their steak and smoking, along with a guaranteed delicious meal and enjoyable dining experience. It’s no surprise that the restaurant has won a number of awards in its short life so far, along with third in Australia for best steak.
Colin is also actively seeking out produce and meat from local producers and gradually as he finds good suppliers and educates people in the process, more local producers are appearing on The Cottage Restaurant menu.
A talented chef who grew up amidst a dairy farming district in New Zealand, Colin was craving a country lifestyle and was keen for Jackson to experience it too. His versatile wife Tammy, moved from a hectic life in Melbourne to freelance creative and graphic design work from home, as well as behind the scenes event planning and marketing for The Cottage. Tammy loves the convenience of working from home. At 8.30 in the morning, she can kiss Jackson good-bye at the bottom of their driveway as he hops on the bus for school.
And it’s easy to meet with her colleagues from the newly formed local Ideation Group at the back of their restaurant, The Cottage in Scone. Through pro bono work for newly formed charity Where there’s a Will, Tammy started working with a team of marketing freelancers mainly for local clients.
Beyond cooking, Colin is working with senior school students to restore three International Cadet sailing dingies, which they are starting to take out to Lake Glenbawn to teach kids to sail.
Colin has also involved a neighbor from down the road, an active Upper Hunter Men’s Shed member, who shares is passion for boats and is helping in with the restoration process. Having sailed 18 foot skiffs on Sydney Harbour when he and Tammy were living in Sydney, this is a great way for Colin to continue his hobby on water. Hunting deer is another hobby and passion and Colin is out before light most Monday mornings in a picturesque pursuit.