Kooralbyn's Valley Kitchen reborn as the Copperhead Cafe

CAFE CULTURE: Taleah Livings, Teish Atkins, Lizzie Wallin, Gina Gabolinscy and chef Kirk Page at the Copperhead Cafe on opening day. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
CAFE CULTURE: Taleah Livings, Teish Atkins, Lizzie Wallin, Gina Gabolinscy and chef Kirk Page at the Copperhead Cafe on opening day. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE former Valley Kitchen cafe at Kooralbyn has been reopened under new management after closing last May in the midst of the global health crisis.

Now called the Copperhead Cafe and staffed by locals, the venue has been given a new lease of life and is again ready to serve locals and visitors, this time with good old fashioned country fare cooked in a wood fired oven.

New owner Lizzie Wallin said much of the ingredients were home grown in Kooralbyn or sourced locally.

"Our chef, Kirk Page, is using a lot of Aussie native ingredients and local Scenic Rim produce, except for the flour, which comes from Toowoomba," she said.

"We also smoke or cure our own meats right here, we do all our own ham, bacon and pastrami."

Sandy and Tom Heggie stopped by on their way home to Brisbane from a golfing trip at Kooralbyn.

Sandy and Tom Heggie stopped by on their way home to Brisbane from a golfing trip at Kooralbyn.

Ms Wallin said most people tended to think of pizza on hearing the term wood-fired.

"Yes, we'll do pizza but we are doing more than that," she said.

"We're taking it back to classic home style wood-fired cooking," she said.

"What you get here is what you'd have at gran's house, so a generous serving of meat and a couple of sides."

The licensed cafe had long been a favourite with day trippers to the Scenic Rim before the venue closed down, but the new owner said she hoped the reopening would see more visitors in the valley.

With a wraparound verandah and the interior displaying the works of artists including Bernie Keleher, Cynthia Wheeler and Steven from Aboriginal by Design, the cafe provides a peaceful and central meeting place for the local community.

The staff, all of whom are Kooralbyn locals, including the chef who relocated from Toowoomba to take up the position, said they were looking forward to the official opening event on Sunday from 1pm, which will feature a live band and al fresco dining in the car park.