|The Great Ocean Road from Lorne to Wye River|
While usually a general store in a beach side town that only boasts the store and a pub to its name doesn’t offer too much hope of a good feed Wye River General Store is a bit different. You can tell from the moment you walk in and see the house baked bread for sale and check out the spacious decking and polished concrete floors thanks to a renovation by Six Degrees Architects. The place still has a casual unpretentious feel with customers wandering around in bathers and wet suits or with their dogs in tow.
|Calamari and the papers at Wye River General Store|
The calamari here was excellent – vibrantly fresh and lightly crumbed with semolina. My only quibble was the size, it was a pretty tiny serve for $16.
|Steak sandwich and chips at Wye River General Store|
The steak sandwich off the specials board was even more of a wallet gouger at $22. It was overpriced but did deliver with top quality steak and great crisp accompanying chips. To finish off a meal at the Wye River General Store there is a great pastry cabinet and while the custard tarts are very hard to go past I can also recommend the sublime strawberry and pistachio tart.
|Strawberry and pistachio tart at the Wye River General Store|
Be prepared for prices which are even more expensive than Melbourne at the Wye River General Store. But you also get the type of gourmet quality which would make any city slicker turned beach sider happy.
Details: Wye River General Store, Great Ocean Road, Wye River, 3221 (Ph 03 5289 0247)