Winter is almost officially over which means it’s time to start chasing the sun and sea along the Surf Coast. I love exploring this beautiful part of the world and one of my latest discoveries is a little hidden gem in Anglesea, McGain’s Nursery and Cafe.
McGain’s has been around for a few years now but because it’s not on the main road and doesn’t have beach views it can be easy to overlook. But that would be a mistake as it’s an utterly charming spot. There’s an amazing produce store with all sorts of fresh vegetables, fruits and gourmet goodies, a beautiful nursery which is lovely for a wander, some shopping or to let the kids run around in and a fantastic cafe.
The cafe is set up to feel like you are eating in a greenhouse with lots of plants and big windows letting in light and views of the nursery. It’s very peaceful and has a really relaxed feel to it. The menu highlights local produce and there’s always something interesting on the specials board like a rustic cassoulet filled with chunky sausage, beans and onions.
A must try is McGain’s “Magic Mushrooms”. They’re not hallucinogenic but are equally life altering thanks to the inclusion of fat, earthy mushrooms, slathered in olive oil, pan fried and teamed with crumbled goats cheese on crusty bread.
McGain’s take on the classic sausage roll is also comfort food at its best. Well seasoned mince is encased in golden, flaky pastry and served with homemade relish.
Coffee is from Geelong’s Coffee Cartel. My latte is spot on with a smooth taste to it and McGain’s gets bonus points for using Schulz’s organic milk. As you may have guessed from all the platitudes I’m head over heels in love with this place and can’t wait to revisit as the days get warmer.
Details: McGain’s Nursery and Cafe, 1 Simmonds Court, Anglesea (Ph 03 52633841)
Kids: Yes. There are high chairs, a kids menu and plenty of space for them to run around and things to look at.