Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published March 30th 2011
You might be sick of cafes, yet this isn't really a cafe, its an experience of the local community that is Somers. SGS sits opposite Somers beach, located on Western Port Bay and looks out on the calming tree scape that is home to the Koala Walk that takes you down to Somers beach.
Just a quick geographical note, Somers is just over 80 km from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Looking out over Westernport Bay, this small town is cosy and a wonderful quiet spot to visit on a day trip, or if your having a holiday on the Mornington Peninsula. There isn't much here except the General Store and Post Office for shopping. In fact that's all there is.
The Somers General Store is owned by Leisa Wharrington and was refurbished in 2009. Describing the style as casual good living, it does reflect that feeling.
I sit near the window of this weatherboard cafe and look out the flyscreen window, out over the old petrol pumps which may or may not work, towards the Koala Walk. The flyscreen has a hole in one side of it (there is a double layer of the flyscreen, only one side is cut). It is in the shape of a loveheart, I smile.
I take in the surrounding of the cafe, with retro wooden tables and the old 50s gold sun mirror. There are a couple of globe sculptures and a type of driftwood hanging vase which I personally love. According to the waitress, the artwork is also Leisas'.
Often filled with people, the SGS has an outside terrace, a backyard courtyard, with more retro tables and great staff. Serving great breakfasts and lunches, with fish and chips a specialty for Friday nights.
The food is simply presented, yet of divine quality, Sandwiches, rolls and classic burgers. Exotic salads are listed and freshly baked cakes.
I don't see any coca cola anywhere. There is tea and coffee, wonderful smoothies with Banana and Honey or Berry. Organic soft drinks and mineral waters.
Old style counters and shelving compliments the cafe and I find there are an array of home or kitchen items, some great eco note books and other gift type books and journals in the side cabinet.
Tucked in the corner, I find a small shelf filled with jams. Fig, blood orange and grapefruit each one homemade by SGS.
There is a little gourmet general store on one side of the cafe too, which sells a wonderful array of organic drinks, breads and some veggies and some gourmet cheeses and meats. Great pasta and all the papers.