Episode 08: Summer series
On this week's episode of Postcards Summer Series, Rebecca Judd finds three eateries on the outskirts of Melbourne that will satisfy even the fussiest of foodies – Adeney in Kew, The Stables of Como in South Yarra and GG – a modern European style restaurant in East Melbourne. Later in the show, she also explores Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm in Birregurra where she checks out the accommodation options on offer, tucks into a Cornish pasty in the Courtyard Kiosk, tours the original Tarndwarncoort Homestead and tries her hand at spinning wool in the wool and craft shop. Glen enjoys the great town of Echuca where he stops by the famous Port, tucks into some delicious fare at the freshly renovated American Hotel and stays the night on the 'Ultimate 2' luxury houseboat. Finally, Brodie Harper ventures to Brick Lane Bazaar in Daylesford and checks out all of the cool and quirky items in store, before making her way to 'Bunker', some seriously innovative accommodation.
Adeney, The Stables of Como and GG
It's always fun to find new places to eat, and we've found three very unique eateries all located on the outskirts of our CBD. Adeney is located at number 70 Adeney Avenue in Kew. The property was once a suburban milk bar and later lay dormant before a brother and sister duo rescued it from obscurity. These days it's a bustling café, conveniently located opposite Kew's Victoria Park, which is always busy on weekends with sporting events. You can eat inside, outdoors or just grab a coffee from the takeaway window.
Como House in South Yarra is always a beautiful place to visit, and a trip to this historic property is further enhanced these days with the opening of a new café on its grounds called The Stables. This unique gem is becoming more popular by the second and is run by the same crew who manage Snow Pony and Friends of Mine. Be sure to try their impressive range of home style cakes and biscuits at the counter, or perhaps a nice breakfast dish such as toasted banana bread with maple syrup marscarpone, fresh banana, berry compote and crushed pistachios. They also serve lemonade scones inspired by the CWA. High teas will be another feature addition at The Stables of Como and if you pre-order, they'll do up a picnic basket for you to take out and enjoy in the garden.
Meanwhile, over in East Melbourne not far from the MCG there's a new restaurant called GG that's causing a stir. What makes this place all the more interesting is that it's located in the building that was once home to the famous Mercy Maternity Hospital. The modern European style restaurant includes a casual eating space, a wine store and a bar. The open kitchen features a hand crafted wood fired oven for pizzas and a custom built rotisserie for roasting meats.
70 Adeney Avenue, Kew
Ph 03 9817 3993
The Stables of Como
Como House and Garden
Corner Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra
Ph 03 9827 6886
150 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
Ph 03 8415 0411
Port of Echuca, The American Hotel and 'The Ultimate 2' House Boat
For nearly 150 years the Port of Echuca has been home to the famous paddle steamers that have cruised up and down the river. A multi-million dollar restoration of the wharf area has begun and will include a new interpretive centre, upgraded walkways and major works to restore the original red gum timber wharf.
Echuca's oldest pub is The American Hotel, started out as the 'Full and Plenty Food Hall' where all the American river-boat men ate while working at the port. It has recently undergone extensive renovations and has re-opened sporting a new rooftop bar, lounge, deli and much more.
One of the most popular things to do in Echuca is hire a houseboat and experience life on the water. 'The Ultimate 2' is the pride of the fleet at Echuca Luxury Houseboats. With five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge lounge, living and kitchen area, plus a rooftop deck with BBQ and ten person spa, this boat has it all.
Port of Echuca
52 Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 4248
239–249 Hare Street, Echuca
Ph 03 5480 0969
Echuca Luxury Houseboats
Ph 03 5480 2444
Bunker and Brick Lane Bazaar, Daylesford
Daylesford is a haven for designer accommodation and the stylish 'Bunker' is no exception, displaying a stunning example of sustainable architecture. Located just a few minutes' drive from the centre of Daylesford, which is only an hour and a half from Melbourne, the seclusion and tranquility of 'Bunker' makes it an ideal bush getaway. The innovative modular design comprises of a kitchen, living and dining area, as well as one bedroom and bathroom all within the main pod. Another bedroom and ensuite is linked via a walkway, offering two couples space and privacy.
If you dig all things old school then swing by Brick Lane Bazaar on Daylesford's main street, where it's all about vintage treasures and collectables. The bazaar is made up of some 30 independent stalls that specialise in everything from antiques to automobilia. Opening in late 2012 in what was once Daylesford Art Gallery, the market is the brainchild of father daughter team Laurie and Kate Larsen. While Laurie loves all things auto, Kate's passion is fashion.
351 Daylesford – Trentham Road, Daylesford
Ph 03 5348 4422
Brick Lane Bazaar
34 Vincent Street, Daylesford
Ph 03 5348 3500
Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm, Birregurra
Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm is located in Birregurra which is about a ninety minute drive south west of the CBD. Not only is Tarndie a working sheep farm, but it also acts as a tourist destination where visitors can meet the Polwarth Sheep in the garden, visit the Woolshop, and even stay the night! Guests have two accommodation options – the two bedroom Farmer's Cottage which offers couples or families the chance to selfcater, or the Tarndwarncoort Homestead, set on three acres, which sleeps up to 14 people. With eight bedrooms, shared bathrooms and five living spaces, it is the perfect property for adult groups of family and friends, special occasions and creative retreats.
Tarndwarncoort was originally settled by Emma and Alexander Dennis who left their shrinking family farm in Cornwall, England in 1839. They landed with 615 Merino sheep that same year at Point Henry in Geelong, later settling at Tarndie. From there, a dynasty of innovative farming was created over the six generation period that the Dennis family have owned it.
Visitors are able to tour the original homestead and the historic gardens along with learning the family's background in the apple store. The wool and craft shop sells fleece from Polwarth sheep, ready to knit or spin, in every conceivable shade. On weekends the Courtyard Kiosk serves up locally roasted espresso coffee and a selection of slices, but you can't visit the kiosk without trying a Cornish pasty, which are in keeping with the owners' Cornwall origins.
The Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
37 Roseneath Road, Warncoort
Ph 03 5233 6241
Scots Day Out
Scots Day Out is happening next Saturday at Rosalind Park in Bendigo, so why not go on a road trip and get involved in this fun filled celebration of Scottish culture and cuisine.
Where: Rosalind Park, Bendigo
When: Saturday 8 February, 2014
Riverboats Music Festival
If you're spending a couple of weeks of summer along the Murray River, then make sure you check out the Riverboats Music Festival in the twin-towns of Echuca-Moama during mid February.
Where: Aquatic Reserve, Echuca
When: 14–16 February, 2014
Queens of the Outback: Priscilla Tribute – Zoo Twilights
The Queens of the Outback 'Priscilla Tribute' is the feature act next weekend at Zoo twilights.
Where: Melbourne Zoo
When: Saturday 8 February, 2014