Today I have a friend arriving all the way from England. She’ll be staying with us for 2 nights and I love the idea of showing her the fantastic food that this area has to offer.
Sadly, we’ll be unable to follow this itinerary, as I’m still not allowed to drive after little E’s caesarean arrival, but if we did have the freedom of a car this is what I’d show her.
After I meet Lucy at the bus stop, we’d walk to the Portarlington Bakehouse for an afternoon tea of delicious baked goods. This will give us a chance to catch up on all the changes since we last saw each other, over 2 years ago.
48 Newcombe St, Portarlington VIC 3223
We’d all pile into the car and head to Queenscliff to the Vue Street Bar. Their array of tapas style nibbles is the perfect meal for sharing and chatting over! The prawns, some sliders and some great local wine and beer would make a perfect dinner.
46 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225
A quick stop at Cafe Indulge to stock up on caffeine to start the day. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but Lucy is, so a good local coffee is the perfect way to start the day.
1a Harding St, Portarlington, 3223
Elkhorn Roadhouse is my number one pick for breakfast on the Bellarine. I can’t go past the half and half, offering a taste of a hot breakfast and crunchy granola with goats milk chai yoghurt and local honey. My suggestion to Lucy would be the corn fritters, but the menu offers so many great options.
420 Wallington Rd, Wallington VIC 3221
After a long lazy breakfast an early afternoon tea would be in order, or maybe a late, light lunch. Followed by a walk along the beach from Barwon Heads to Ocean Grove. Annie’s Provedore boasts a large range of baked goods and delicious simple fare. A pot of tea would go nicely too.
50 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads VIC 3227
After a nap to digest the food from the day, a leisurely walk down the streets to Saints and Sailors would be on the cards. Music starts at 8pm most weekend nights and the food is delicious! I love sharing food, so Saints is perfect, similarly to Vue Street Bar, the menu boasts a simple selection of well executed tapas style food. Although the night will end here, it wouldn’t be for a few hours yet, with more drinks and dancing on the cards.
36 Newcombe Street, Portarlington, 3223
Queenscliff is a lovely place to spend the morning, so breakfast and a spot of shopping, followed by delicious cake and tea, in the small seaside town is a must.
Gusto’s homemade baked beans are a must! Their great selection of sweet and savory breakfast options, great coffee and delicious chai tea is a great start to the day.
25 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225
Following breakfast a walk along the beach and then a look in the shops. There’s local art work, shops where the scent of preserving goods wafts onto the street and organic grocers.
Speaking of organic produce, when we arrive at Salt bush for what J says is the best coffee on the Bellarine, and some cake. Saltbush also stocks and sells teas, local coffee, organic produce and serves breakfast and lunch.
Shop 4 44 Hesse St, Queenscliff 3225
Lucy has to continue her Australian tour, so early afternoon she’d board the bus from Queenscliff back into Geelong.
Inspired by Rachi Perera’s post for Good Food.