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Marmalades of Yea

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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 March 17th 2019
Marmalades - a historic place to eat
There are many eateries in Yea, but none as marvellous as Marmalades. It's not just their food, but the ambience and history of the premises.

Marmalades is housed in a 132-year-old building that was originally a general store, established in 1887 as Purcell's general store.

Marmalades Cafe. Take away the vehicles and name your own era.

The name E.S. Purcell, Grocer, still appears over the front entrance.

The sign of past times above the entrance.

The building and much of the interior are National Trust classified and as soon as you enter, you are transported back to much earlier times.

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Your first vision as you enter.

Marmalades is foremost a café and their menu, which specialises in focaccias and burgers are taste delights.

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The only modern part of the premises

There are four eating areas inside and a wisteria laden courtyard garden area, thus never seeming crowded when full.

Cafe interior
One of the interior dining areas.

The courtyard dining area.

Apart from the serving counter, all the other wall space has displays of produce, crafts, knick-knacks and books, certainly giving the appearance of what it was like in times past.

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One of the many displays of crafts.

The food? Delicious with the best chips I have ever tasted.

Focaccia & chips. Yummy.

My ham, cheese and tomato focaccia was piping hot and tasty. My favourite lime malted milk was like nectar to me as it is hard to get malt in your milkshakes these days.

My focaccia seconds before devouring.

I also had to try their cappuccino. Hot and very nice.

Cafe interior
You can eat and look everywhere.

They are open for breakfast and lunch and children are catered for.

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More to look at.

All the staff are very friendly and willing to impart the history of the building, even handing out a pamphlet on its history.

They also operate a husband daycare centre.

This could be a good marketing ploy.

The building and décor is a step back in time, but the food isn't.

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Phone: 03 5797 2999
Where: 20 High St, Yea VIC 3717
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