Tucked away down a suburban street, in what used to be just paddocks and farmland, is Turners Bakehouse Eatery in Schotters Road, Mernda. It is a quaint bakery that was built in 1892 and is a well-known iconic landmark for the locals in the area.
This boutique bakery uses a traditional wood-fired Scotch oven built in the late 1890s by Charles & Stephenson Turner. The brothers delivered their hand-made bread by horse and cart as far as Heidelberg.
The bakery has been restored to its former glory after being closed in the 1940s and left vacant for many years. In honour of its inspiring, and hardworking founders, they bake all of their artisan bread, pies & pastries in the same wood-fired Scotch oven.
Their signature authentic hand-made sourdough is made with a mother culture or wild natural yeast that is over 100 years old. This mother culture is feed and cared for daily. As a results, Turners' sourdough is healthy, due to its long natural fermentation.
After having a tour of the bakery, we decided to have lunch and eat Al fresco in the outdoor courtyard. I ordered the pancakes with fresh strawberries, ice-cream and cream. The pancake stack was big enough to share!
The farmhouse is located on the main road, which was later converted to the eatery cafe. A cosy cafe with quaint rooms, decorated with antique furniture and tableware, high ceilings and Victorian heritage details.