October 26, 2017

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and grass grows by itself." - Bashō Matsuo

Wandering through a shady garden, you stumble across a cottage. It welcomes you in, promising a warm cup of tea overlooking the verdant grounds. A place to rest.

If you’ve come to visit the Botanic Gardens recently, you’ve probably noticed that the tired old kiosk is gone and a vibrant splash of style has emerged in its place: Pollen Café.

It has become an oasis, just minutes out of the bustling city. A place where tranquillity abounds and you’ll want to stay for a long lunch.

Owner, Tracy Keeley, talks lovingly about the transformation explaining that her travels have been an inspiration.

“I love visiting unfamiliar cafes and restaurants, seeing how they combine all of your senses into the experience.”

She says that her interest lies in creating an environment that has a positive effect on well-being. In this case, it’s nurturing a feeling of calm.

It feels like the sort of place you’d like to sit and r...

October 24, 2017

We’re glad you’re here.

It’s been so exciting for us to re-open the ANBG Café’s doors after extensive renovations. You’ll notice things are a little different now and there’s a whole new vibe!

Where once stood a demure kiosk I am proud to welcome you to a space filled with light and beauty. Nestled among native flora, Pollen offers a warm and inviting treat after a stroll through the gardens, a place for friends and family to share a meal and a destination for private dinners, parties and weddings.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

We want to keep sharing Pollen news with you – hence, you are reading the very first post on our brand new blog.

Here, we’ll feature reviews, recipes, style snapshots and tips. We want to share with you all the news and highlights from the wonderful world of Pollen food and wine, staff, people and events.  We’ll also let you know what’s happening in the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

I look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends again and again, and inv...

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Pollen is located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, Australia

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