Serving up Greek food with a modern twist in what looks like a traditional Greek tavern, Ipsos is a dining institution along the Great Ocean Road. Originally opened in 1976, this now one-hatted restaurant offers seasonal fresh food inspired by the recipes of Greece, the Mediterranean and Asia. From all-time favourites like fried local calamari to a Lebanese-inspired slow cooked lamb shoulder with pearl couscous, Ipsos takes its diners on a delicious journey around the flavours of the Mediterranean.
You’re invited to discover Victoria’s oldest inn, for a taste of French cuisine crafted only with superb local produce: this is the Merrijig Inn. The inn is comprised of a front and garden bar, lovely accommodation, and a delightful restaurant, housed in the historic dining room. The menu changes on a daily basis, and it’s all based around what’s available before service – think homemade pappardelle with duck, local mussels with cider, and classic pavlova with lemon curd and winter fruits to name a few dishes. Need to rest after a long drive? The Merrijig Inn also offers a selection of beautifully appointed suites and charming attic rooms fitted with antique beds.
For an intimate, fine dining farm-to-table experience highlighting exquisite local produce, you can’t go past Moonah. Headed by Chef Tobin Kent, this beautiful restaurant sits amongst the vines of The Minya winery, and has space for only 12 guests – promising another level of service and attention to details when it comes to food. Moonah offers a multi-course dining experiences that’ll take approximately three hours to be fully enjoyed, with an ever-changing menu showcasing only the best ingredients sourced strictly from local producers, the restaurant’s kitchen garden or in the wild.
The Bottle of Milk
If you are looking for proper breakfast fare, The Bottle of Milk in Lorne is the place for you. Ranked in the top 3 restaurants in town, this cool eatery offers all the breakfast favourites you can think of, plus an array of super tasty breakfast burgers. More mouth-watering burgers are available later on in the day, including delicious vegetarian options.
Great Ocean Road Brewhouse
With over 100 beers on offer, a sunny beer garden with ocean views and cosy interiors, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a true craft beer heaven. Nestled on the shores of laid-back Apollo Bay, this is one of the most loved pubs around the area, visited by locals and tourists alike. Taste over 13 local beers and two local ciders, a selection of the award-winning Otaway Brewing’s Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beers, plus a range of local and international beers, all while enjoying pub favourites and a relaxed atmosphere.