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Published February 16th 2018
Breakfast, Lunch and Sometimes Dinner
The Village Foodie is a welcoming cafe in Port Elliot with the best home-style pies on the entire South Coast. They have some serious competition, I know, but when I first tried their 'Lamb, Shiraz and Olive Pie' a month or so ago I knew they had won. You may raise a doubting eyebrow, given the reputation of the bakery across the road, but I challenge you to try a Foodie Pie and I'm sure you'll agree.
Taryn and Marcus Battye run the cafe with their talented team, 'The Creators of Yum'. As well as sublime pies, the team bakes rustic-style, grainy bread right there on the premises. You'd be doing yourself a favour to be there when it leaves the oven. There's nothing like the aroma of fresh bread so get there on a baking day; Thursday or Saturday.
Home-made ice-cream is another sweet treat at The Village Foodie with an array of flavours that reflect seasonal, available produce. Aperol was clearly available during one of my recent visits and obviously I needed to try it. Delicious both in taste and endeavour was my verdict.
The Village Foodie also has a cellar door and you can try a Massey Wine variety before deciding what to drink with your pie or, potentially, with your cake if you so desire.
Marcus tells a good wine story which involves grapes for the reds growing from Middleton to McLaren Vale, while grapes for the whites grow in the Adelaide Hills. The grapes are then basket-pressed at the Old Stonyfell Winery and bottled in Lobethal before arriving at The Village Foodie and other lucky establishments around South Australia.
I particularly like the Massey Rosato with Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre grapes from McLaren Vale.
The Village Foodie is open Thursday to Sunday 10am until 4pm. They open earlier on weekends, around 8.30am. A few evenings each week the talented Tukta takes over the cafe and cooks her Thai cuisine. Foodie cakes, ice cream and wines are also available then.