Cafes, restaurants and pubs in the Macedon Ranges
The Macedon Ranges’ reputation for quality food grows every year, fuelled by the abundance of our fresh, seasonal regional produce, the creativity of a new breed of chefs, and the entrepreneurial flair of restaurant owners.
Kyneton has a deserved reputation for being a significant foodie destination and is supported by The Age Good Food Guide 2018 which recognised Source Dining (formerly Annie Smithers Bistrot) with a celebrated Chefs hat.
Colenso and the The Parkland Kyneton are also names to add to your must-eat list. Then there are the cafes and provedores, such as Hamster, No Town Roasters, Monsieur Pierre, Emelia’s Sauces, Piper Street Food Company, and Home Grown on Piper.
Restaurants, local cafes, funky bars, trattoria and bakeries are located throughout the Macedon Ranges.
In New Gisborne, the Baringo Food & Wine Co is a destination in itself, with its provedore, bistro, wine bar and banquet room.
Woodend’s Village Larder offers a great coffee and lunch options and Kuzu Izakaya is an excellent Japanese restaurant – both are highlights of a village. In nearby Macedon, Olive Jones, Mr Macedon and the The Wine Collective are all good choices for a delicious meal. High on the Mount, the Trading Post and Mount Macedon Hotel are favourites for locals and visitors alike.
Travelling through Gisborne, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Lancefield, you will find fantastic restaurants and cafes including Evans Wine & Cheese Bar, Flying Pigeon, Jed,, 3 Little Pigs, Spices & Pestle and Vic’s @ Seasons, Soltan Pepper , Verdure and Grange Cleveland Winery.
There is even a fully licensed restaurant at Hanging Rock, aptly named The Hanging Rock cafe.
For burger enthusiasts check out Major Toms or Donkey in Kyneton, Superlekker in Woodend or Moto Bean Cafe in Malmsbury. Moto Bean are known for their coffee and also have a delicious American-style smoked BBQ selection using local meats.
For fans of good pies and country bakeries you are spoilt for choice. Bourkies Bakehouse in Woodend is always a winner as is the Malmsbury Bakery, along with Country Cob bakery in Kyneton (winner of Australia’s Best Pies 2018). For a rustic bakery selling artisan pies and pastries check out Grist on Kyneton’s Piper Street or for a good ol’ classic bakery fix try Kyneton Bakehouse further down the road. Lancefield Bakery, which still uses a traditional Scotch oven, is another must-taste for those who value more simple pleasures.
The Macedon Ranges is also home to a burgeoning pub scene where the warmth of the welcome is second to none. Holgates Brewery and The Victoria Hotel in Woodend are pubs worth checking out, as is The Albion Hotel in Kyneton. Put this together with some clever cooks, a dedication to local produce and a great range of wines, beers and ciders and you’ve got a truly winning combination.