By Rebecca Francis
August 11, 2020 | 5 minute read
Whether you’re looking for fine dining, tasty tapas, a brunch spot with a view or an Asian-fused feast, there’s something for everyone in the idyllic town of Bright. Nestled in the Alpine Valley, Bright is the perfect base for exploring Mount Buffalo National Park. After a long day on the slopes or hiking through the valley, there are plenty of eateries offering delicious local delicacies to help you top up your energy levels. Here are my top picks of the delights in Bright.
* 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.
Cafe by day, tapas and wine bar by night, Ginger Baker is a gem nestled besides the Ovens River. Featuring a beautiful backdrop of natural waterfalls and alpine foliage, there’s lots to admire as you sip on your locally roasted coffee. The rotating menu offers some finely crafted and beautiful looking share plates, taking full advantage of the fresh seasonal ingredients harvested in the local valley. Whether you’re soaking up the river views in the beer garden or inside besides the roaring fire on a chilly Alpine night, Ginger Baker is the perfect spot to feast with friends or family.
Melbourne’s edgy dining scene has made its way to the country and you’ll be glad it did when you take a seat at Tomahawks. This trendy eatery offers fantastic fresh burgers (their famous wagyu cheeseburger is a menu favourite) and creative cocktails. Friendly staff, a beer garden, great tunes, refurbished furniture and a relaxed vibe are all waiting for you in this industrial fit out. You’re guaranteed a good time when you visit Tomahawks.
Reed & Co. Distillery
Reed & Co. Distillery
In the heart of Bright lies Reed & Co., a small Australian gin distillery, bar and restaurant. This family owned and operated distillery is a slice of juniper heaven, and their Remedy Gin (with notes of desert lime, coriander and green tea) is something not to be missed when you’re visiting Bright. Grab a bite to eat from the menu of fresh, locally-sourced dishes and try the different gins on offer as you warm up inside the cosy bar. You won’t regret walking into this joint for a tasty tipple or two.
It’s not hard to understand why this place gets rave reviews. With an impressive menu, this little spot is the perfect date night treat. The restaurant is in the centre of Bright and resides in an iconic 1857 Victorian cottage, formerly a Doctors surgery, with beautifully manicured gardens and a grandeur charm inside. Tuck in to the a la carte menu, featuring lamb backstrap, hand made gnocchi, and smoked trout soufflé’s, or if you want a little bit of everything, share a six-course degustation. Finish off with a mango granita dessert or a chocolate hazelnut dome to really complete your night. For an evening in style, Elm Dining won’t disappoint.
Dr Mauve Bar And Lounge
For something different on your Alpine getaway, finish your day at the Dr Mauve Bar and Lounge. Located in the heart of Bright, this casual bar and lounge offers up a unique cocktail list and a selection of local craft beers alongside its Asian-fusion food menu. Pan fired salmon, crispy caramel pork belly and tempura flathead fillets are just a few of the tasty delights. Wash your meal down with a cocktail or two while you wind down to the live music. The friendly staff and chic decor will make you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door.
Cherry Walk Cafe
Coffee and cake is a must at Cherry Walk Cafe when visiting Bright. The well-loved spot serves up delicious coffee and treats for breakfast and lunch. Ingredients are sourced locally and there’s ample of room for all the family. Located in the middle of town, it’s an ideal pick-me-up after a morning of exploring.
If you’ve had a big morning exploring the Alpine Valleys, then you’ll want to stop in and refuel your energy levels at Blackbird Cafe. Known for their huge breakfast and lunch menu, this cafe doesn’t disappoint. Tasty granola, Spanish baked eggs and house made baked beans, stack of pancakes with local fresh berries, and oven baked fresh Harrietville trout are only a small taste of what this popular cafe has to offer.
Relax and soak in the views at the Riverdeck Cafe. Located by the Ovens River and overlooking Howitt Park, this idyllic spot has been a Bright icon for over 20 years. Ample indoor and alfresco seating is available and there’s plenty of parking. The menu offers some great choices for breakfast and lunch, with cheese boards, house made dips, freshly baked bagels and flatbreads all ready and waiting. A gluten free and vegetarian menu are also available. Pop in and experience why this classic cafe is a favourite with the locals.
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