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Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published January 31st 2015
Escape the City
Piggery Cafe, Burnham Bakery, Sherbrooke, Coffee, Cafe, Bakery
Afternoon Delight

The 'daily grind'. I suppose there's a rather good reason they call it that.

That feeling that month by month, day by day and hour by hour you are slowly but surely being worn away.

I was feeling much this way on the weekend and had already been drooping about the the house like an unwatered plant for at least several hours, when I was packed up into the car by my husband and whisked off into the mountains.

Piggery Cafe, Burnham Bakery, Sherbrooke, Coffee, Cafe, Bakery
Making Friends with the Neighbours

As soon as we hit the lush greenery of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, I felt a sense of serene peace settle over me as the worries of the week rolled away into the thick green forest all around me.

Piggery Cafe, Burnham Bakery, Sherbrooke, Coffee, Cafe, Bakery
Piggery Cafe & Burnham Bakery

As is often the case, as soon as that good clean mountain air was coursing through my lungs, my stomach began sending me urgent notifications that it was time for a feed.

But where to go?

A quick google alerted us to the close proximity of Piggery Cafe.
If I'm honest I wasn't expecting much, for many country eateries tend to be quite the same, but as soon as we rolled up the driveway, I knew we were in for a treat.

Tall, vine covered silos greeted us with their round, pointed roofs and a green field with lawn bowls and enormous wooden chess set spread out before us. For a moment I thought we'd stumbled onto private property, or a venue for a wedding. But much to my delight, as we turned into the carpark I could set the many chairs and tables of a cafe, with waiters buzzing about and some cheerful smoke from a barbecue drifting into the air.

Finding a spot in the sun we looked to the menu only to be dazzled by the sensational selection.

Being class A grazers, we chose to order the "afternoon delight" so we could sample selections of it all.

The sizzle of the barbecue beside us made the wait a tortured bliss as the scent of caramelising meats and veg wafted across us.
With such a glorious smell drifting by, I felt almost ready to eat the two small piglets in a pen across the field.

Fortunately the sweet selection of fresh cakes and savouries came out swiftly, perfectly accompanied by a rich, buttery coffee that left me wanting a second.

Right beside the cafe is Burnham Bakery, providing crusty loaves,bouncy brioches and spongy sourdoughs fresh for the cafe. All of which can be purchased for a take home offering.

After thoroughly pigging out, we indulged ourselves in a very serious game of giant chess in the field... just to be certain we had experienced the place in its entirety.

There is also a playground for children and even a few wee pigs to pet.

All in all, Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery were a delightful and unexpected find in a simply stunning location.

It is a must visit for the next time you feel the urges to escape the city.
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Why? A great cafe in a serene setting.
When: 10am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: (03) 9021 2100
Where: 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke VIC 3789 ‎
Cost: $5-$50
Your Comment
Great review and pictures. Love the way you express yourself. Again :) Love your work ;) Have a great week :)
by Jen (score: 3|2641) 2014 days ago
You had me at brioche! Can't wait to try those delicious offerings and pat the piggies! Thanks for a wonderful review. G
by Gina Boothroyd (score: 1|95) 2014 days ago
Great article and those desserts look delicious
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1249) 2013 days ago
I'm glad you liked it and stumbled upon it. Not sure if you're aware, but you stumbled on the masterpiece of Shannon Bennett of Vue De Monde, he and business partner bought this 22 hectare mansion, estate and gardens and will slowly convert it to foodies paradise with 6 star mansion hotel, brewery, steakhouse, trufflery, piggery, growers market, Japanese bathes and then some. Check it out
by jacqu (score: 1|10) 2009 days ago
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