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Published January 31st 2015
The Windy Mile brings urban edge to Melbourne's green wedge
Drive a windy mile to reach its namesake on the hilltop of Diamond Creek
The Windy Mile gastro-pub in Diamond Creek opened its doors on the Australia Day long weekend, and nailed it! The café-eatery-bar brings an urban edge to the green wedge and has all the hallmarks of a destination venue. You'll be comfortable calling in for a coffee or a craft beer (on tap), but may just promise yourself to make the most of a modern menu that caters to the non-pretentious foodie.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner have a sturdy classic quality, plus more. Try Fried Poached Eggs ($16 and intriguingly crumbed), Prosciutto Board (with triple cream brie $18), Baramundi "Nicoise" ($28) or Beef Cheeks ($30) and submit to a range of tempting side orders. Burgers and Parmas are there too, while a kids menu, cake display and cocktail list cover all the cravings of the day. Did someone say cocktails? The night-time focus moves to the bar after meal service, with acoustic musicians strumming from a stool on Friday and Saturday nights.
Even though a gastro-pub is all about the food and beverages (btw, the best-loved wine regions are well represented), it's also never just about that. Style does go the extra mile in this local landmark. Snug, yet chic, nooks and perching places nestle into the bar area alongside a fireplace crowned with "Snow" the stag-head (named after one stand-out waiter – let's assume he was a show-off). Please don't miss the reverse side of the exposed brick fireplace and its décor masterstroke.
There's a gracious decor treatment behind this original fireplace
The atmosphere has the right chink of modern industrial effects toned with the warmth of timber and the brilliance of bulb lighting. Refreshed timber cladding is cottage white and at gallery height for displaying original art – currently the colourful and earthy paintings of Sarrita King. The sweep of the dining room encompasses a view into the Diamond Valley out to a deck that whispers "have a quiet one".
The outlook from the dining room takes in the Diamond Valley
The Windy Mile (windy as in "wind a clock", not "blowing in the wind") will be multiple things to many people. With so many exquisite aspects it reminded me a little of an English pub where you can drop in for a drink, meet a client, celebrate an occasion or let your hair down, all with seriously open-armed Australian hospitality.
Service with a smile? Absolutely. "What can I do for you?" beamed the busy waitress from behind the cake cabinet, and the smiles kept coming – even from the bleary eyed sous-chef who appeared briefly behind the counter for a cool drink after a raucously busy opening week. They are local and loving it. And whether you're local or not, you'll want to make it your local and love it too.
Great article love the photos and the place looks friendly and inviting can't wait to give it a try the transformation from the old pub to now is amazing a great vision from the new owner/managers is fantastic AAA