Lorne Swing Bridge Cafe: Gourmet Chick on the Surf Coast

If you need me over this Summer you’ll find me at the Swing Bridge Cafe in Lorne.  The Swing Bridge Cafe has always been in a prime location in Lorne – it sits right on the edge where the river meets the Ocean with beautiful views over the sand and surf.  But the food and coffee really hasn’t been up to much… until now.


A new owner, chef Jorge Guerro, has taken over the Swing Bridge Cafe and renovated it to add more seating – mainly outdoors.  But most importantly he has  created a whole new menu.  Every Friday lunch time there’s a special grill cooked over hot coals.  But every day of the week there is a little bit of South American influence in all the food served.  

Senor Pancho at the Lorne Swing Bridge Cafe Boathouse
Senor Pancho at the Lorne Swing Bridge Cafe Boathouse

The “Senor Pancho” ($18.50) packs a flavour punch with fried eggs served on tortillas and topped with a salsa of avocado and tomato.  I loved the addition of seriously spicy sausage and the liberal use of coriander.  

Wakie Wakie roll at Lorne Swing Bridge Cafe
Wakie Wakie roll at Lorne Swing Bridge Cafe

If you want something more simple there’s the Wakie Wakie roll ($14) , a bacon and egg roll topped with some aged cheddar.  Check out the bacon in the photo – you can see it is the good stuff.  All the produce used here is organic and free range.  

Latte at the Swing Bridge Cafe
Latte at the Swing Bridge Cafe

Did I mention that the coffee is seriously good? It’s St Ali beans and the barista knows what they are doing.  I think you can see why I’ll be bunkering down here over Summer.

Details: Swing Bridge Cafe, 30 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne Wed-Thu 9am-2pm, Fri-Sun 8am-2.30pm
Damage: Reasonable
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  1. That looks like a great please to stop and visit! Scenic and delicious 🙂

  2. Looks like a refreshing hangout. Thanks for keeping us updated, Cara!…Is it just me or the yummy-looking roll is huge?!

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  3. Lorraine – Yes so picturesque and great now the food matches the view.

    Gourmet Getaways: Not just you – the roll was huge. Country size serving!

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