If you’re traveling down to spectate or compete at the Boneo Classic this coming weekend, you might be planning on visiting some of the utterly divine local attractions on the Mornington Peninsula. I’m talking places like Port Philip Estate, Peninsula Hot Springs or Jackalope and if they’re are on your list, don’t let me talk you out of it! The Flaggerdoot bar at Jackalope basically had me at hello.Every time I visit, I look around and see the marble bar, the hot pink rug, the gold chairs, the navy velvet and the objects and I literally think I’m dying. Like, I’m actually dead.
However, if you’ve been there and done that, or just want to try somewhere different, I thought I would share my top three ‘secret spots’ on the Mornington Peninsula. Beloved by locals, these little hideaways are all completely and utterly worth a visit.
For a taste of Paris, head to this chic little French bistro where fabulous food and wine is served amidst a laid back and friendly atmosphere. The menu is a laundry list of classics like snails, steak and crème brulee. For a special treat, I love to order a Lillet on ice. A super popular drink in Europe, it’s not seen so often on Australian wine lists.
Open for lunch Friday and Saturday from 12pm and dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30pm. Bookings are essential.
Earlier last year I hosted a cellar door tasting for two of my favourite sponsored riders, Chanele Hunter Cooke and Frida Lindgren at Prancing Horse Estate. During our visit I fell completely in love with the winemaking process at this organic and biodynamic vineyard. Absolutely all of their efforts are directed towards enriching the environment and keeping the vineyard and ground really healthy. Their easy drinking chardonnay is called The Pony and it’s actually perfection.
The cellar door is open this weekend between 11:30 am and 5pm but if you can’t manage to sneak away from Boneo Park, Prancing Horse Estate wines are poured at Arilla so there’s no reason to miss out.
If you’re looking to do a family friendly, early dinner and be back at Boneo Park in time to do the 9pm hay, then this world class horse training facility turned brewery is a great option. St Andrews Beach Brewery is situated on a 38 hectare property near the back beaches of Gunnamatta and everything on their menu is made from scratch using produce grown on farm or sourced from other local producers.
Open till 8pm every night but don’t forget that the kitchen closes at 7pm. Tables are seated on a walk in basis.