By Bridget Donovan
November 8, 2020 | 3 minute read
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If you’re looking for the perfect destination between city, sea and vineyards, the Mornington Peninsula is it. Whether you’re roaming through the area’s wineries, relaxing on the coastline or browsing through the shops and markets, you’ll be sure to get peckish. Worry not! The Mornington Peninsula's restaurants serve up seriously tasty fayre!
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
The first stop on our culinary journey is Red Hill’s Foxeys Hangout. Run by two local bothers, this small, secluded winery is perfect for a leisurely tapas-style meal where simple dishes can be shared around the table, coupled with award winning wines. Be sure to try the mushroom sausage rolls with smoked tomato sauce and treat yourself to the triple cream cheese to finish the meal. Delicious!
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the Peninsula’s raw superfood culture, Store Fifteen (above) should be a must on your list. From cold pressed juice to house made avo on toast, this rustic industrial style cafe sits in the heart of the Peninsula on Mornington’s Main Street. It is an absolute necessity to try the Berry Antioxidant smoothie and the Acai Bowl. Perfect for brunch that will leave you feeling refuelled in the natural way before continuing your stroll through Mornington.
If super foods aren’t your thing, Merricks General Wine Store may be the place for you. With its rustic charm of farm life, this general store serves an array of wholesome food that is ideal for a lengthy brunch. Choose between the extensive breakfast and lunch menus from hearty bacon and eggs to roasted corn fed chicken breast. Once you’ve satisfied your appetite and thirst for fine wine, be sure to explore the art gallery and exhibition space to complete your afternoon.
We’ve journeyed through wineries, country charm and superfood goodness. Last on our list is coastal bliss. Winner of the best seafood restaurant in Victoria, The Rocks Mornington (above) sits on the water’s edge with a sublime view of the bay. Perfect for brunch with family or friends, enjoy incredible food accompanied by charming service. The seafood tasting plate and salmon teriyaki are must try dishes, certain to excite your tastebuds whilst you feast your eyes on the incredible view.
If you’re looking for a great culinary experience coupled with superb wine and stunning scenery, under an hour from Melbourne’s CBD, the Mornington Peninsula is the place for you.
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