With so many homegrown and made options, here are a few of our favourite dining experiences you just have to try for yourself.
Opening late in 2020, Ocean Beach Pavilion is the new kid on the Mornington Peninsula block. Located centrally in the main street of Sorrento, Ocean Beach Pavilion is a casual restaurant and bar boasting various spaces and food outlets. Not to be missed is the dining option GINGERGIRL, a vibrant Southeast Asian hawker-style street eats inspired by GingerBoy by Taege Ezard. For families with children in tow, venture down to the expansive open-air terrace and enjoy free entertainment as you overlook the Sorrento Ninja Warrior Course – a playground for the kiddos (and the kids at heart).
St Andrews Beach Brewery serves up freshly brewed characterful beers, something to eat and even better conversations in a truly unique outdoor space. Once a working racehorse training facility, the outdoor stables have been converted into chic sitting areas for groups to complement the Beer Garden. Opening to the public after Easter is The Birdcage. Super casual yet stylish as its namesake The Birdcage will offer the same terrific beer and drinks menu in the indoor/outdoor bar and an ever-changing menu of street eats inspired by guest food trucks.
As the Mornington Peninsula's original brewery some 15 years young, Red Hill Brewery presents a fresh new rustic outdoor beer garden after a recent lockdown makeover. Their crew offer a relaxing vibe with beer-friendly dishes on the menu, including bar snacks to slow-roasted meats and burgers to complement their award-winning, handcrafted beers
At the Pt. Leo Estate Wine Terrace, guests can enjoy all Pt. Leo Estate wines and back vintages, friendly snacks and light meals in a simple and social environment. The menu includes a broad selection of Pt. Leo Estate wines, locally brewed beers and wines from neighbouring vineyards. Guests can enjoy live music throughout the weekends while taking in the unparalleled views of the 50-acre vineyard, Sculpture Park and the Westernport coastline beyond.
Enjoy an informal lunch at Foxey’s Hangout Winery in an architect-designed space with vineyard views over the valley. Designed to share, the team encourage you to sample a little of everything with small plates of all the best seasonal inspired dishes for a light lunch. A walk-in venue – no bookings are required but keep in mind they can seat a maximum of 4 people per group. Wine tastings are available for 7 days.
Polperro Winery offers alfresco dining overlooking their stunning 25-acre property in the heart of Red Hill. Creating a synergy between the vineyard and kitchen, the team incorporates the seasonal harvests from the estate into the constantly evolving restaurant menu. They offer fresh, textural, and seasonal flavours with an emphasis on the food source.
Romantic charm wraps our plans as we dream of gorgeous spreads of gourmet delights on the humble picnic rug. We believe things do taste better outdoors, especially if we are sampling flavours specific to our landscape. As we make the most of the stunning autumn weather, we have gathered our favourite picnic spots to let you in on all the local secrets.
Time to start planning. Catch up with friends for a long weekend, book a special occasion for a holiday, or just give yourself a mid-week treat with a delicious meal with a loved one. With so many choices, autumn is looking good already.
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