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Published October 4th 2016
Fine food & wine galore
An easy drive from the Melbourne CBD (at no more than 70 minutes) Oakdene Vineyards is a great little city escape. The award-winning vineyard has created a quirky setting for wine tasting, cellar door sales and of course, great food on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Oakdene's signature 'sideways house' that also serves as its cellar door. Image:The Ideas Library
Known by its 'sideways' style house (above) which also serves as its cellar door, Oakdene offers two styles of dining; fine dining in their restaurant in the main house as well as a cute cafe called Mr Grubb.
With a casual atmophere, Mr Grubb is located at Oakdene Vineyards. Image:The Ideas Library
Mr Grubb is a casual and welcoming spot to stop if you're a local or simply visiting the area which is full of great spots for the foodie, including not just wineries, but fine produce, fresh seafood, olive groves and more.
Ideal for a couple having a casual meal and families alike, the cafe is a bit larger than you might expect with plenty of outdoor seating (perfect for sunny days).
If you're there for the wine, the wine list is, as you'd expect, straight from their cellar door and if you like your wine enough you're welcome to take a bottle home with you straight from the vineyard.
The wine list offers Oakdene wines by the glass and bottles can be bought from the cellar door right next door. Image:The Ideas Library
Meals are generously portioned and there arealso plenty of shared style options if you're the type keen to try a bit of everything with friends. We opted for the traditional Reuben sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese served on rye with pickles and just a light sprinkle of chips.
The Rueben sandwich at Oakdene's Mr Grubb. Image:The Ideas Library
We also tried the salt & pepper calamari served with chips, salad and a wasabi sichuan mayo (with just the right amount of heat). It seems to be a house speciality as we spotted several coming out of the kitchen - and for good reason.
The salt and pepper calamari at Mr Grubb- one of their more popular dishes! Image: The Ideas Library
If you're dining with children, there's plenty of space to let them run about outdoors and at Oakdene Vineyards there's also a fairytale garden, sand pit, photo booth and plenty of other interesting curiosities to stumble upon while you roam the gardens.
When:Breakfast - Weekends Only 9:30am to 11am; Lunch - 7 Days Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 2pm and Weekends: 11:30am to 3pm; Dinner - Wednesday to Saturday: 5:30pm to 7:30pm (last orders) Mr Grubb Closes at 9pm