Poachers Pantry

4.8  ( 32 reviews ) · 431 Nanima Road, Hall, Australian Capital Territory · Show Phone
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Nestled in picturesque countryside, just 25 minutes north of Canberra, Poachers Pantry is the ideal venue for a wedding rich in rustic sophistication. With endless rural backdrops, it couldn’t be easier to capture incredible photos that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

At Poachers Pantry, you’ll have exclusive access to our beautiful grounds and our undivided attention. Experience seamless transitions from ceremony, to photography around the property, to reception, all in one location. Boasting multiple ceremony and reception spaces, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether you're planning a sit-down dinner or a canape-style wedding, Poachers accommodate your needs.

Our Ceremony & Reception Spaces: 

Begin your journey as a married couple under the majestic canopy of the Golden Elm Tree, or immerse yourselves in a world of blooming flowers in our stunning Marquee Gardens.

For intimate receptions of up to 65 guests, step into the rustic charm of our Smokehouse Restaurant. This space exudes warmth and intimacy, with an indoor fireplace for the cooler months and an outlook over the Kitchen Garden & Restaurant Lawns.

Looking for a reception space that seamlessly blends the beauty of the outdoors with modern comfort? Look no further than our Kitchen Garden, offering a delightful al fresco setting surrounded by vibrant fresh produce that brings farm-to-plate dining to life.

With a seating capacity for up to 240 guests, our spacious Garden Marquee ensures ample room for your friends and family to celebrate alongside you. Seamlessly integrated with the Marquee Gardens, overlooking unspoiled countryside, this versatile space provides a remarkable setting for your celebration.

About Us:

Poachers Pantry was built on the Bruce Family’s love of good food and sharing it with family and friends. Poachers promise an unforgettable meal showcasing the finest local and seasonal ingredients that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Discover the exquisite flavours of Poachers Vineyard wines, made from the grapes grown in our very own estate by our second generation Wine Grower, William Bruce. Experience the perfect blend of beverages across a range of flexible options, featuring craft beers and ciders, cocktails, boutique sodas and cold-pressed juices. 

Behind every successful celebration stands our attentive weddings team led by our experienced Weddings Manager and talented Head Chef. During your complimentary planning meetings, our Weddings Manager will offer personalised guidance tailored to your individual style, preferences and vision.

Highlights of your Poachers Pantry wedding

  • An experienced weddings planner & wedding team
  • A variety of ceremony & reception spaces
  • Fully furnished & all essentials provided
  • Catering to all dietary requirements
  • Ceremony, reception and photography in one venue!
  • Exclusive access to our grounds, with only one wedding a day
  • Just 25 minutes from Canberra
  • Vineyards from which we produce our own wines
  • List of local recommended suppliers
  • Sit-down or cocktail-style dining
  • Obligation-free quote

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min - / Max 240 Reception guests

Time restrictions: 12:00 AM

In-house catering

Easy Weddings Special Offer

FREE Wedding Open Night

See Poachers Pantry all dressed up for a wedding! Entering at the Homestead Lawn, picture your wedding ceremony in the gardens while enjoying a complimentary glass of Poachers Vineyard sparkling.

The Poachers team will take you through the grounds to view our key wedding locations.

Ending at the Garden Marquee, you’ll enjoy complimentary canapes while chatting with local wedding suppliers such as cake makers, celebrants, florists, photographers, stylists and musicians. Here you’ll also have the opportunity to talk to our team about package options, available dates and special requests.

Join us after the tour for an incredible dinner showcasing the current seasonal wedding menu at a reduced price.

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Nearby Accommodation


At Poachers, we provide you with all the essential goods and services you need for your wedding day. As a complimentary part of your package with us, we’ll provide and set up the below:

  • Wine barrels for ceremony & reception spaces
  • White ceremony chairs
  • Rustic square signing table, 2 x bentwood chairs and tablecloth
  • PA speaker system with microphone
  • Cutlery, glassware, plates and napkins
  • Dark brown bentwood reception chairs
  • Handmade Australian timber reception tables
  • Custom paper menus for your reception
  • List of local recommended suppliers
  • Easels for signage
  • Gift table


With up to four complimentary wedding planning meetings with our dedicated Weddings Manager, the process of planning will be simple, exciting and fun!

Poachers Pantry is renowned for its food. We are a regional food icon with award-winning smoked meats and wines.

We have several different service styles from canape weddings, two or three-course shared table or alternate drop menus, and even a five-course degustation.

For those late nights, we’ve got plenty of crowd favourites to keep guests fueled for the dancefloor, such as hot chips with condiments, or locally made bread rolls filled with our very own smoked meats.

For more information, email weddings@poachers.com.au 

(Note: our menus change seasonally).

We certainly do! Our team has decades of experience in catering to even the most complex of dietary requirements. All of our wedding menu items can be modified to ensure that any guests with dietary requirements are served an equally delicious meal that is appropriate for them.


For the kids, we have a variety of meal options that you can choose from to ensure it’s the right fit for your particular bunch of young ones!

We’ve seen it all at Poachers, so we’re prepared for rain, hail or shine!


In the case of wet weather, we have a backup ceremony space - the Marquee Terrace that overlooks the Marquee Gardens.

Absolutely! We have a PA system and microphone which you can use for speeches and music at your ceremony and reception.

If your budget permits, we recommend hiring a musician, DJ or band, as this will truly elevate the party atmosphere!

Yes. All of our ceremony and reception spaces are accessible for guests with physical handicaps.

Both of our reception spaces are equipped with disabled bathrooms.

The Smokehouse Restaurant is fully heated and air-conditioned. If your wedding is during the cooler months, your guests can get cosy by our indoor fireplace.

For a Garden Marquee reception, we have indoor heaters and close the walls to keep your guests warm. If it’s a hot evening, the marquee walls are drawn, allowing the fresh country air to breeze through and keep your guests comfortable.

To create an inviting ambience in the outdoor space around your reception area, we can provide brazier fire pits (at a cost) which will add a touch of intimacy and warmth to the celebration.

Absolutely! Both our marquee and restaurant reception spaces are fully equipped with mens, womens and disabled bathrooms with a baby change table.

32 reviews 4.8 Write a Review

May 2023

We had our wedding at Poachers Pantry in April 2023. Adam and the team were extremely professional and very accomodating to the trials and tribulations that often occur last minute with big events. We enjoyed canapés for entree, share plates for mains and wedding cake for dessert. Everyone is still raving about how delicious the mini Shepards Pie canapés were. Poachers Pantry gave us the perfect location to wed, have our reception and beautiful grounds for our photos. This venue has it all and during April the location is perfectly autumnal

Angela R.

April 2023

We are so happy that we had our wedding at Poachers Pantry. The day was perfect. Adam and Lauren went above and beyond to help us, helping plan via video calls and many emails, as we were coming to Canberra from the UK just for the wedding. They were very accommodating with all our requests, provided lots of useful advice and answered many questions. On the day, all the staff were brilliant with setting up, serving and making us and our guests feel welcome and comfortable. The food was delicious and the venue looked beautiful.

Laura P.

March 2023

We held our wedding at Poachers Pantry recently and the process couldn't have been easier. As we had a smaller wedding, we used the Restaurant and Kitchen Garden lawns for our canape reception and the Homestead Lawns for our ceremony. All locations were simply stunning. Being a canape wedding rather than a sit-down meal, I had been slightly worried our guests wouldn't get enough to eat but I really needn't have worried - in fact, all our guests told me they were absolutely stuffed and loved the food. The team at Poachers were great and I can't thank them enough, with their help we had the most amazing day and I would highly recommend them to any Canberra or surrounds area couples looking for a great venue.

Kate C.

March 2024

My husband and I just got married at Poachers and we couldn’t be more pleased with how the day went. Adam and the team were so wonderful on the night ensuring everything was running smoothly. Even in the lead up to the night, the planning and communication was made so that it was easy to navigate and really helped us enjoy the process. The venue was so beautiful, the food was delicious and it was just a wonderful place for such a special celebration. We would absolutely recommend Poachers Pantry as a wedding venue to anyone looking for a beautiful day and the restaurant for anyone looking for a beautiful meal.

Laura D.

October 2023

We had our wedding with Poachers at the end of September 2023. The communication before the day was great, we had 3 meetings to plan all of the details. Our wedding day was perfect and everything we had imagined and hoped it would be! The venue is gorgeous and all of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony space was. The staff were friendly, professional and everything ran on time including canapes, entree, dinner and dessert. Everyone raved about the food. Some people even said it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding and that they actually ate too much! The drinks were great from the Poachers wine to the soft drinks which we had multiple compliments about. The venue is so stunning so all of our photos look absolutely gorgeous. We recommend Poachers and are so happy we trusted them with our day!

Caitlin H.

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Late night snack ideas for our wedding reception

Hi! We love the idea of the midnight snack at our reception for the late partygoers. What are some unique/fun ideas that our guests will love?

Poachers Pantry

Hi there! At Poachers Pantry we have a range of options for late-night snacks, from dessert canapes such as chef boutique cupcakes to chocolate-dipped strawberries to Mixed Petits Choux and more. An absolute crowd favorite is our hot chips with a variety of condiments, however, it's hard to beat a bread roll packed with some of our own in-house smoked meats & charcuterie, topped off with some condiments. Yum!

should i invite more than capacity allows since some people probably wont come?

Poachers Pantry

One thing with weddings, you are never sure who might say yes or no. Those internation/interstate, busy guests who you banked on not attending might just show up (even last minute). I would recommend never inviting more then the venue can cater for :) 

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