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The Dark Horse Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 24th 2019
The Dark Horse Doesn't Always Win, but this One Does
It is often said that the journey is as interesting as the destination. The journey to The Dark Horse is. Whether you come from Yarra Glen, Eltham or Warrandyte, it is a picturesque drive with some beautiful scenery.

café logo
The black Dark Horse logo.

The Dark Horse is a café, wine and produce store.

cafe entrance
The enticing entrance.

The café is open for breakfast and lunch and their menu should cater for all tastes.

cafe interior
This would be a cosy corner on a cold day.

I called in for my favourite morning tea of coffee and a toasted bacon sandwich. It was up to my high standards with the coffee hot and the bacon crispy and well-buttered toast.

coffe & bacon sandwich
My coffee and bacon sandwich.

The coffee factory.

The café is licenced and is also a bottle shop selling many locally sourced wines. Rob Dolan wines from Warrandyte is a featured winery.

bottles of wine
Some of the wines on offer.

wine bottles
Up close and colourful.

The dining area is on two sides in an enclosed veranda which gives a very bright and airy ambience. The widely spaced tables adds to that ambience.

café interior
Widely spaced tables.

The produce section is well stocked with a large range of local gourmet products, such as mustards, sauces and preserves.

produce shop
Part of the produce section.

produce shop
More produce.

At the rear is a courtyard with several tables overlooking bushland and a small lake, giving a very pleasant view to enjoy your meal or coffee and cake.

outdoor dining
Part of the al fresco section.

View from café.
The bush view with lake on right.

On occasions, live music is a featured. Takeaway food and coffee is always available. There is also ample parking.

Cabinet of slices.
Refrigerated goodies.

If you are driving along the Yarra Glen- Eltham Road and the hungrys hit, The Dark Horse is almost an oasis in the wilderness.

roadside flags.
What the passing motorist sees.

Nearby, on the Yarra Glen side is the Gawa Wurundjeri Resource Walk, a short walk illustrating the life of the Wurundjeri People, the original inhabitants.

Walk entrance
The entrance to the Gawa Wurundjeri Resource Walk.

On the Eltham side is the Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower in memory of World War One soldiers from the area. The tower offers 360 degree views.

Lookout tower
The Kangaroo Ground lookout tower.

The area could be a day's outing.
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Why? Because it's there.
When: Wednesday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00 pm. Saturday & Sunday 8.40 am. to 4.30. pm.
Phone: 9719-7518
Where: 765 Eltham - Yarra Glen Road. Melways map: 272. C.5.
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