A local’s favourite on the Bellarine Peninsula, Piknik is café-larder hybrid in a refurbished and converted roadhouse. Freshly baked sourdough, cakes, pastries and Allpress coffee are all here to help start your day, while bigger plates might run to bruschetta, snags and beans or French crepes. After brunch, peruse through pantry staples, fresh jams and an extensive range of locally-produced wine and beers.
7. Merne at Lighthouse
Positioned slightly south of the Bellarine in Drysdale, Merne at Lighthouse is a peaceful location boasting panoramic vistas across surrounding farmland. Easily accessible from the Bellarine, dining is a multi-course, set menu affair. Locally-sourced trout may be paired with rhubarb, apple and mustard; stracciatella with pea, kohlrabi and mint; or spatchcock with parsnip and sumac. You’ll find plenty of Bellarine producers throughout the drinks list, which champions locally-made wines, spirits and beer.
8. Basils Farm
A dog-friendly venue located in Swan Bay, Basils Farm focuses on highlighting fresh, seasonal produce from both the potager garden and local growers across a rotating menu. Lunch might run to the likes of grilled marinated king prawns, braised Cape Grim short ribs or salt and native pepper squid. A range of Basils Farm wines, spirits, hot drinks and non-alcoholic options are also on offer.
9. Scotchmans Hill
Cool, maritime climate wines are the undisputed heroes at Scotchmans Hill, an award-winning winery first established in 1982. Kick things off by heading to the cellar door, where you’ll find wine tastings and local charcuterie boards. Come lunchtime, the undercover alfresco restaurant offers a modern Australian menu with a focus on paired wines. The menu zeroes in on local producers, along with a small selection of rotating specials.
10. Queenscliff Brewhouse
This 145-year-old beauty has sat along the Queenscliff foreshore since 1879. Best known for its onsite microbrewery and distillery, this historic pub also boasts a cellar door and family-friendly brewhouse. At Queenscliff Brewhouse, find classic parmas, burgers and a range of daily specials, alongside house-made brews and sustainably-sourced spirits. The cellar door also doubles as a local providore with a wide range of regional wines and Bellarine products from local producers.