Peninsula Visitors Guide, Summer 2014, Page 071 (transcription)

e in tHe Summer SunSHine for a few hours and enjoytheir award winning wood-fired pizzas along morning Star estate Summertime in tHe countrySide....
if you feel like a day gazing out across our sweeping hillside, why not head down to Salix at WilloW Creek in merricks north where you can relax in their restaurant or bistro and enjoythe view of their 20 year old vines.
Hosts rachael and Bernard mccarthy are celebrating 10 years at this outstanding venue and have extended summerhours with the bistro and deck open daily until10pm.
And if you re stuck for a christmas or gift idea, one of their vouchers is the perfect answer.....
fabulous for food and wine lovers Still up in the countryside, Paringa eStatein red Hill should also be on everyone s dining list.
one of the most awarded wineries in Australia for Pinot noir and Shiraz, their restaurant was also recently awarded with a chef s Hat in the Age Good Food Guide.
owner Lindsay mccall and chef Julian Hills are doing some amazing things here so stop by and see for yourself what everyoneis talking about.
For some modern French cuisine overlooking thegorgeous hinterland, la Petanque in main ridge always delivers the goods.
new Head chef daniel Kerekes has worked alongside top chefs at michelin star level restaurants around europe and is dishing out some quality fare.
With some special events being planned for summer, they are open seven days for both lunch and dinner 27th dec to 27th Jan but closed on public holidays.
main ridge is also home to the Pig and WhiStle tavern which is wowing everyone under the new ownership of local couple robert and Analou Lawson.
For a hearty meal in a uniqueenglish pub atmosphere, drop by and spend some time enjoying live music every Friday and Saturday nights plus a band in the beer garden every Sundayafternoon.
their newly renovated cellar door has opened for the first time in six years and sells their own Bayview estate Wines along with other local bottles, craft beers, ciders and local produce.
With a huge garden and lawns for the kids to run around, this is a great destination for family funand enjoyment.
Around Balnarring, Ciao Bella is alwayspopular for casual dining and it s very easy to relax here on their expansive deck.
chill out with a blackboard of daily specials which useingredients fresh fromtheir on-site kitchen garden.
Fabulous news this summer is that theyare opening a sisterPizzeria doppiozero in mooroduc so keep an eye out for this wonderful new addition to our restaurant scene.
PreFer to HAve no deSiGnAted driver While there are buses and limousine services across the Peninsula to drive us around but, why not treatyourself and book into one of our luxurious venuesthat offer accommodation as well you don t have to be a visitor to enjoy this pleasure, locals can getin on the act as well.
enjoy a fantastic meal and local wine with nothing else to do but relax in yourlakeside villa or elegant suite.
StillWater at Crittenden were recentlycrowned overall winner in the rAcv victorian tourism Awards tourism restaurant and catering Services and it s easy to see why with their impressive restaurant, cellar door and lakesideaccommodation villas.
With longer hours during summer, proprietors Zac and Jacqui Poulier are excited to have their new charcoal-fired Josper oven delivering exceptional food for their guests.
try their char-grilled baby calamari stuffed with chorizo or half a charcoal roasted Barossa chicken with a Jamaican jerk-spice rub and you ll be a fanof the Josper as well.
For an indulgent country hotel experience, Woodman eState offers the full resort package.
their acclaimed restaurant overlooking the private lake is popular at every time of day andhas some great packages on offer during summer.
Be tempted by Breakfast and Sparkling by the Lake , Opera and High Tea on the first Sunday of the month, a Summer relaxation massage and Lunch by the Lake or Lakeside Lunch ordinner Package .
no matter what you choose, you re bound to come away feeling relaxed andre-energized by the serenity of this elegant retreat.
And to make your visit even more special, don t forget to book into their amazing Spa for a blissful treatment that will clear your head in no time.
morning Star eState in mount eliza is another fabulous property ideal for a weekend escape.
Set on 22 acres of magnificent gardens, this outstanding century old mansion offers boutique accommodation and a quality restaurantwith panoramic views across Port Phillip Bayto melbourne.
their well-known mt eliza restaurant serves only the best local produce and has been receivingrave reviews under the care of award winning chefs richard Keane and nick Baldin.
Front of house manager michael Hewett will ensure your dining experience isone to remember and after ambling through their75,000 roses which are in bloom this time of year, you can retire to your suite for a well earned rest.
Seize the moment.
remember all thosewomen on the titanic who wavedoff the dessert cart erma Bombeck And if you d like to enjoy an indulgent Hightea on Sunday after a night away from home, BrooklandS of mornington offers great accommodation at the gateway to all thepopular attractions on the Peninsula.
High tea is served at 2pm in their historic Gillo s Bar with a glass of sparkling wine, freshly baked scones, pastries and petite ribbon sandwiches.
BiG eventS tHiS Summer..
the Pig and Whistle tavern is holding a concert in the vines on Saturday 18th January from 2pm to 7pm.
With entertainment from Analou, the Queen tribute band and Abba tribute band Bjorn to be Wilde plus jumping castle and petting zoo for the kids, this day promises lots of familyfun.
Also having heaps of live music throughoutsummer, check their website for updates.
la Petanque are holding a fantastic eventon Friday 17th January - the midsummer night dream Play by William Shakespeare .
With gates open from 4.30pm, food and picnic hampers areavailable for sale or viP packages that include a four course dinner degustation and reservedseating.
visit their website for more information and check out their other events including afabulous seven course degustation fornew years eve SettlerS run golf and CountryCluB have a live music festival planned for2nd march 2014 with live entertainment from Bob valentine, Jamieson, dan Hamill and matt Hetherington.
Along with a mega kids playzone, fine food and wine plus an arts and craft market, this looks set to be a spectacular day.
Summer means holidays and holidays generally mean a few extra friends and family around to entertain.
With all these fabulous choices there s bound to be something to keep everyone happy.
Our restaurants, farm gates and wineries all offer first class experiences that we can all share and enjoy.
Remember to book ahead at any venue to avoid disappointment as the summer months are often the busiest time of year.
And next time you re dining out, don t forget to say thank you to our hardworking Chefs and hospitality staff for their commitment and dedication to making the Peninsula dining scene so wonderfully indulgent.
- Linda Ryding www.visitor.com.au 071 70-71.indd 3 16 12 2013 12 22 pm

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