Its road trip time – and were off to the Peninsula!
The beautiful Peninsula, just an hour or so out of Melbourne, is the home of some of the most relaxing, fresh and interesting cafes and restaurants. Whether you are going out for the day, or just for lunch, you wont be disappointed with these picks.
This estate boasts a vineyard, cellar door restaurant and an impressive olive grove. With striking views across the valley, you will be lulled into a state of relaxation as you savour the flavours of the European, tapas and modern Australian menu. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. If wine-tasting suits the day, the opportunity awaits to enjoy some of their award-winning assortment of wines.
269 Browns Rd, Fingal VIC 3939 |1 300 131 741
Open for lunch, dinner, or just a casual coffee stop during a day out, this spacious caf, restaurant and store complex is rich in history. The vast atrium style building is light and welcoming and boasts timber beams salvaged from the old Woolloomooloo wharf, creating a unique, light and welcoming vibe. For food, there is an a la carte restaurant or for a more casual experience, The Shed offers a range of pizza and pasta dishes using seasonal produce. Before you leave, dont forget to visit The Store which is jam-packed with tempting local produce and home-baked goods including home roasted coffee, pasta, cheeses, conserves and sauces. Yum!
165 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South VIC 3937 |(03) 5989 4000
Need a day out in the country air? Olive Farm is the perfect get your socks off place to spend a chilled out day, with plenty of tempting tapas on hand should you get peckish. This place is a smoke-free farm set amidst beautiful countryside where you may come across a chicken or two or a friendly pup looking for a pat. The endless tapas menu is all produced on the farm. Drinks and desserts are also tempting and include lemon and olive oil cake and rhubarb and apple crumble. Everything looks, smells and tastes like it is doing you good!
1180 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge VIC 3928 |(03) 5989 2992
This reconstructed 1920s general store now comprises a gallery, bistro and cellar-door produce store. With views to the coast from the front deck and the countryside from the back, this atmospheric venue will satisfy all preferences. Open for breakfast and lunch; this is a great place to stop after a wander around the Red Hill farmers market in the morning. From large plates to small bites, the French-inspired menu is fresh and exciting, with even a brekky salad or two. Worth a visit!
3460 Frankston – Flinders Rd, Merricks VIC 3916 |(03) 5989 8088