Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you.
I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published January 28th 2013
Savour the mediterranean flavours in country Victoria
For everything olives, Old Lorne Road Olives is the place to go. Featured for the fifth consecutive year in The Age Good Food Guide, and Channel 9's Postcards. As the name suggests, it is near Lorne, about 20 minutes drive and in the foothills of the Otway ranges.
It is in a gorgeous location. Scenery is lovely, and the location is very peaceful. We stopped there on one of those sunny twenty something degree days when it is just a joy to sit outside.
What better way to enjoy the afternoon. We had a browse through the gallery, which showcases local artists. There is jewellery and hand made glassware, sculptures, paintings and other unique pieces.
Then we started sampling the olives, dukkha and oils which are available for purchase. There are also olive products such as hand creams, tea, and soaps. The products are not only about taste, although that is clearly a focus, but health and well-being. Every sense will be tickled.
The menu is inspired by Mediterranean flavours as you might expect. There are a number of items specifically designed to have with a drink. For example a share platter for two which includes pork belly, olives, dips, cheese and quince paste. There are small meals, or starters, such as mussels, arrancini, pannacota. For a main size meal, you can choose from items such as fish of the day or roasted duck. Children's meals are available, including toasties and fruit skewers. Of course, there are plenty of sweets as well, How does vanilla bean and local bush honey pannacotta with ginger wafers and sugared walnuts sound?
Prawns wrapped in proscitto with roasted capsicum, tomato and herbs.
Old Lorne Olives is open 7 days in January and over Easter but is closed in July and August. Harvest season is May and June, so check with them about opening hours.
We enjoyed the whole experience, including the friendly, helpful staff. Gluten free items are marked on the menu, however there are limited vegetarian options, and only the one option, pictured above, available for vegans.