Ballarat Food and Wine
Ballarat Restaurants, Cafes & Wineries
These days, people are rushing to the Ballarat region for the
prospect of discovering gold on a plate or in a glass. Vignerons
have long known that Ballarat's soil and microclimate is perfect
for elegant, cool-climate wines, and Ballarat's green fields never
fail to produce the finest ingredients for the plate.
"Everything's local" chefs and producers will tell you with
delight. It lets them bring their customers the best seasonal menus
at great prices, and the awards have followed. Australia's national
airline, Qantas, now serves a Ballarat local wine, spreading the region's
produce far and wide.
Nestled in luxurious gardens, the Ballarat Lodge and
Convention Centre caters for indulgent weekend tastes by
putting on a seafood buffet and carvery - right through to a
relaxed, every-day menu.
Travel out of town to the Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick for
their signature restaurant Harvest 383, but be sure to leave plenty
of room for their popular Sunday High Tea.
Step inside the Beechworth Bakery for a creamy
'beesting' delight, book in for high tea on Sundays at Craig's
Royal Hotel, soak up the city's main street at the Golden City
Hotel, live it up at the newly architecturally-renovated Western
Hotel or treat the kids (and yourself) at The Pancake
A WORLD OF WINE
If it's a tipple you are chasing, look no further than Captains Creek Organic
Wines for a weekend-drive. A short trip from Ballarat, you will
be rewarded for your efforts with hand-crafted, certified organic
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - with fresh, in-season, farm produce
also available from the cellar-door.
The latest drinking hole in town is Mitchell Harris Wines.
Providing a full tasting experience in the heart of Ballarat, the
wines are made using grapes from the Pyrenees, Macedon and
Goldfields regions. The pulled pork sliders are just as delicious
as the wine.
Watch the hops and malt turn into liquid gold on-site at the Rebellion Brewery, Ballarat.
Sample award-winning, gluten-free, O'Brien's beers, as well as 'The
Rat' Bitter Ale. If that whets your whistle - be sure to make a
visit to the Red Duck Brewery too. At the brewery and cellar-door,
you can drink, taste, talk and buy your way through more than 25
A step-up for the Ballarat dining experience has arrived at the
new venue, Catfish. Brainchild of former Lydiard Wine bar
chef, Damien Jones, it boasts contemporary Thai food as well as
intimate cooking classes.
A slice of urban magic is presented at The Lane.
Chic decor in the slim-line building makes for a casual, yet
intimate dining experience. Catering to the modern palate, the
menus range from coffee and cake, to pub-style meals, and even