Enjoy delicious food while you delve into local history at some of the longest-standing restaurants in Melbourne’s North.
After some tasty research, we bring you four restaurants that took our breath away, not only due to the quality of food, but also the history behind the buildings. These are great places to take any visiting friends or your own family. Enjoy the food and lap up the history!
There is no better description of the Turners Bakehouse Eatery [107 Schotters Road, Mernda], than their own: “we hope you love all the ingredients that make Turners your home away from home - a passion for traditional artisan baking, fresh, healthy seasonal foods and a sprinkle of sweet love and affection”. If that doesn’t make you want to visit this historic bake house, then we aren’t sure what will!
Originally established in 1892 by two brothers, Charles and Stephenson, Turners Bakehouse is noticeably full of history. For many years the brothers toiled and built what would be known as the best bake house in the area. This memory lives on with the current owners who bake all their breads, pies and pastries in their historic wood fired Scotch oven, the very same oven the Turner brothers used 125 years ago. Many have claimed that the house is haunted with the friendly ghost of Charles Turner, who looks on over all those cooking with his oven.
When you arrive be sure to ask the owners for a short tour of the bake house, and get a good look at the amazing oven that was brought over from England all those years ago. The grounds are also magnificent, so pack a picnic rug, load up on their famous sourdough bread or pies, and head out and to enjoy your meal in the great outdoors!
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Farm Vigano [10 Bushmans Way, South Morang] wasn't the first venture of restaurateur Mario Vigano. In the early 1930’s, he started with CBD restaurant Mario’s. It soon become of one the most popular restaurant’s in the city, prompting Mario and his wife Maria to escape the hectic city lifestyle by buying a property in South Morang. At the time South Morang must have seemed an age away, yet the couple entertained many guests on their newly built farm.
This notion of entertaining family and friends remains central at Farm Vigano. The large dining room overlooks the tranquil Plenty River, making it a favourite for weddings and family events. . The restaurant is open to anyone who would like to come and have a look at the outstanding grounds, and enjoy some of the best Italian food in the region.
Farm Vigaro is dedicated to preserving the art of true Italian food and culture. The restaurant uses fresh and local produce, much of which is grown on the grounds surrounding the restaurant. In true Italian style, the menu has been designed with sharing in mind, so expect a lot of antipasto platters, pizzas and small sharing plates. You would be forgiven for thinking that you are dining in the Tuscan hills, as this is truly an immersive Italian experience worthy of your family and friends!
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Located at the magnificent Carome Homestead in Mernda, Two Beans and a Farm [10 Hathfelde Boulevard, Mernda] is surrounded by history. The bluestone house itself was built in 1861 and the property it sits on was once home to Victoria’s first water-powered flour mills. The building has been restored and you cannot escape the historical feel when sitting in the restaurant.
Before entering the restaurant, take a walk around the grounds which look over the Plenty River. Check out what remains of the old flour mill and admire the amazing gardens which grow the produce you will be tasting later.
Two Beans and a Farm is modern cooking at its best. Much of what is cooked come straight from the gardens outside, ensuring the quality and freshness of the food on your plate. We recommend trying the grazing feast which gives you a little taste of a lot of the menu. No matter what your taste, the menu is large, varied and delicious. A great place to take that special someone, to visit for a family occasion, or just a relaxed day out with friends!
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Blue Stone Kitchen [286a Pine Park Drive, Wollert] is a contemporary restaurant in a historic setting. Like every restaurant mentioned on this list, the grounds at Blue Stone Kitchen are distinctive. Take in your surrounds as you enter the premises. The beautiful blue stone building, built many years ago, captures your gaze as soon as you walk through the gates. It truly is amazing.
The family-run restaurant holds true to an authentic style of cooking, though remains innovative in design and flavours. This is especially true of their pizzas. They are cooked the old school style, but with a new school flavour. The weekly specials feature the freshest produce the area has to offer, so make sure you check the boards when you arrive!
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