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Where To Eat & Drink In Margaret River

One of the best things to do on a Margaret River holiday is to eat.  And drink.  The region’s fertile soils are the foundation of many delicious wines, including award-winning Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons.  Best of all, these world-class wineries keep families in mind by providing playgrounds, toys, sand pits and fantastic kids menus.

I didn’t want to leave anything to chance as we had five days to play with and I wanted to try as many places as possible. A friend had recommended I book my restaurants in advance to avoid disappointment and I was so pleased I listened to her.  I was lucky enough to have a vast amount of useful insider info from friends (literally an entire Word document), a previous post on Jetlag & Mayhem and bloggers such as Mum On The Move.

Of course, it isn’t all about the delicious food and wine. If you’d like to read about what else we got up to in Margaret River, you’ll find it all here.

Winery Restaurants

I booked two winery lunches in advance (I believe most are closed after 5pm so lunch will be your priority meal).  After much deliberation, I chose Wills Domain and Laurance. Both were perfect.

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Wills Domain is a stunning winery with a modern, clean finish. Kids are catered for with a small playground to one side. The food was spectacular, modern Australian with a focus on local produce. There were only two options available for children although I have to say I would have been delighted with the kids lasagna myself!  Complementing the meal are sensational wines, especially the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.  

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The winery has more of an adult feel to it and the restaurant is more compact than others, so if you’ve got very noisy kids who like to run around, you might be more comfortable elsewhere. 

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Laurance was my favourite winery of the trip.  It had the most delicious wines (try the rose), excellent food and breathtaking scenery.  The restaurant has more of a relaxed style with picnic tables outside next to the playground.  Kids meals come with goodie bags which entertained my girls. I highly recommend the ‘Walks Platter’.  After lunch, park yourself on one of the beanbags with a chilled rose whilst your kids roll around on the grass.

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Brewery Restaurants

Another favourite was the Eagle Bay Brewery. There’s a really fun, buzzy atmosphere here, especially on the weekend.  The food is sensational with loads of choice for the kids.  The restaurant is in a stunning location, with lots of grass to run around on and a big sandpit for the kids.

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If you fancy drinking something other than win, the Cheeky Monkey Brewery has some delicious ciders available. There’s a large playground at the back, we didn’t try the food but the pizza is supposed to be good.

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Cafe / Restaurants

  • Little Fish in Yallingup is beautifully positioned overlooking the lake.  The fish is excellent and they do nice kids meals.
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  • Book an outdoor table at the Bunkers Beach Cafe (just down the beach from the Pullman) and eat your lunch gazing out to the Indian Ocean.  The milkshakes are excellent.

Coffee

  • ProntoCino, the mobile coffee van parked by Yallingup Beach is a must if you are close by, in fact I drove there every morning just to pick one up!
  • Yallingup Coffee, in Dunsborough is also very good

Other

  • Gabriel Chocolate in Yallingup is divine. They also do yummy ice creams
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  • That said, if you’re looking for ice cream, look no further than Simmo’s, a famous ice-creamery in Dunsborough.  They have over 60 delicious flavours and a huge playground and grassy area.
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  • The Yallingup Gugelhupf Bakery is a colourful building, on the drive down to Yallingup Beach. A gugelhupf is a big crown shaped fruit loaf, extremely yummy and obviously a necessity for the beach!
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  • Eagle Bay Olives – this is the place to stock up on all your olives and pesto!
  • The Yallingup Cheese Company has its own cellar door (!) at the Windows Estate. Beautiful cheeses, especially the brie – a must to accompany all those wines you’ll be buying.
  • The Margaret River Dairy Company didn’t have loads going on save for lots of delicious samples.  I ran inside stuff my face while my family stayed in the car laughing at me.
  • We had kitchens in both our Yallingup cottage and hotel room at the Pullman Bunker Bay. We found ourselves at Coles most days, stocking up on fresh produce. It is cheaper to buy wines direct from the wineries but there is a bottle shop next to Coles. A friend recommended several butchers in Dunsborough but we didn’t get the chance to check them out.

Cellar Doors

There are over 95 wineries and cellar doors in the Margaret River Region.  You literally drive down Caves Rd and every 10 seconds is a sign for the cellar door.  We had a few that were recommended to us and others, we just drove into ones we liked the look of (which for me as non designated driver was A LOT!). We found all the cellar door staff to be extremely engaging and knowledgable.  They usually let you taste up to six wines free of charge although there are a few that charge extra for the super special wines e.g. Cullen’s Kevin John Chardonnay

  • Vasse Felix (also an interesting art gallery and sculpture walk)
  • Cullen Wines
  • Windance Estate Wines (yummy Shiraz & Chenin Blanc)
  • Swings & Roundabouts
  • Windows Estate

 

I’ve just realised that we worked our way through a lot of places during our five stay in the Margaret River Region! My advice is to reserve all your lunches in advance and if the weather’s nice, book an outside table.  If you find a wine you like, buy it!  There are certainly a few I regret not purchasing and sneaking back in my suitcase…

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For more on our Margaret River roadtrip

Activities for kids in the Margaret River Region

Dolphins & A Farmstay

A Guide to Perth / Fremantle With Kids

Getting To Perth From Hong Kong

Tips For Planning A Perth / Margaret River Roadtrip

 

1 comment

  1. MummyTravels

    Oh this sounds perfect – someone to drive me along, lots of delicious wine and sunshine, and something for the kids.

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