The Carrington Cellars and Deli
Parke St (rear of Cattington Hotel), Katoomba
02 4782 0999
The newest addition to the Carrington Hotel’s offerings is The Carrington Cellars and Deli – a little business with a big mission.
The Katoomba institution offers a range of unique wines and deli items from the local region and around the world.
The one-of-a-kind venue opened at the back of the heritage-listed Carrington Hotel in 2010, and is owned by the same talented trio, Mark Jarvis, Tom Muir and Michael Brischetto. However the day-to-day running of the Cellars and Deli falls to Operations Manager, Andrew Russell and Deli Manager, Colleen Gal.
Both Andrew and Colleen maintain close relationships with local winemakers and providores to ensure they can offer the best of the best. However, while there is a clear focus on what’s grown and gathered nearby, they also source internationally to keep quality at the forefront of everything they do. In the past few years, Andrew has built up an extensive range of European wines and Colleen continues to select a range of French, Italian and Spanish cheeses and oils to complement them.
Andrew buys all the wines, sourcing a vast majority of them from the Central West, including the Megalong Valley, Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee. As the Cellars is totally independent, he has the freedom to choose wines from smaller family owned wineries that tell a story, rather than buying mass-produced, commercial labels that are prevalent in most bottle shops. Wine isn’t the only thing on offer. The Carrington Group also owns The Katoomba Brewing Company located next to the cellars and sells its craft beers though its many bars.
Colleen follows a similar approach to excellence in the deli, maintaining a sizeable stock of local oils, olives, cheeses, meats and more. The Carrington supports neighbouring businesses and encourages customers to buy local produce.
The cellars and deli are both ideal for takeaway purchases – antipasto to take on picnics and bottles of wine to share with family and friends – but customers can also sit in and enjoy a coffee. The coffee is a blend from local supplier, Fish River Roasters and bags of beans are also available for sale to take home.
The building itself takes its design cues from its previous occupants – it was once the Old Katoomba Power Station. Therefore, it features an imposing chimney stack that continues to dominate the Katoomba skyline, as well as a vast floor area that holds enough stock to keep customers entertained for hours. The place has a cosmopolitan feel to it, with customers often forgetting they are in Katoomba.
The cellar plays a major role in Katoomba’s annual Wines of the West Festival, held in January, which showcases the best wines from around the Central West. Andrew uses his relationships with local winemakers throughout the region to create the weekend event, held inside the Carrington Hotel.
A stay in Katoomba is never complete without a visit to The Carrington Cellars and Deli. With all your local produce and wine-related needs covered, all you’ll need to bring is the picnic basket.