Coffee Shops Nearby

When you next visit us consider visiting one of the local coffee shops in the area.  We have some excellent places you can visit and enjoy a great coffee as well as a meal if you prefer.  All these places are within a short distance from us.

Cafe Bookacino, Whittlesea Deli Cafe  and Health Kick Cafe in Whittlesea are favourite pitstops for cyclist groups when riding through this beautiful picturesque town.

Beveridge Tavern is a spectacular old style homestead located in the heartland of where Ned Kelly was born.  It was built in the 1840’s and is ideal for those sunny days where simply relaxing is the main business of the day.  In addition to the great coffee on offer there are also meals for lunch and dinner that are available.

In the township of Wallan you can visit Blue Denim, located in the main shopping area of Wellington Square or Hogan’s Hotel that has a bar and restaurant.   You might also like to have a cake with your coffee so visit Ferguson Plarre  Bakehouse or Top of the Town Bakery which are both on the main road.

Further up the Northern Highway there is the Rose Garden Café located in Kilmore.  You can sit indoors in a country style restaurant or outdoors amongst the roses and other plants.  Once you have finished your coffee or meal you can wander through the nursery that surrounds the café.

Donnybrook Cheese Factory is another superb place to visit for a coffee. You can have a tour of the cheese factory and then select from a wide range of cheeses to enjoy with you coffee.   Also located there is the Monteleone Restaurant if you are after an a la carte meal.

Sometimes it’s nice to sit in a coffee shop and watch the world go by, isn’t it?

Eating Out – Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant, Wallan

It’s a hard job but somebody has to do it.  That’s right, we’re dining out just so we can review our local eateries for you.

We know that even though you come to Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages to relax and enjoy a country retreat, good food is part of the whole experience.  In nearby Wallan you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out.

Steve and I chose to dine at Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant and what a surprise it was.  We love Indian food but some of the suburban and country restaurants just don’t meet the same standards that you find in the city.  Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant is different.  It is really, really good.

The food was excellent and served piping hot and in good time.  We started with the samosa because it’s easy to tell good one from bad.  It was very tasty.  The pastry was crunchy and the filling was soft and spicy.  We also tasted the Seekh Kebab.  It was slightly too salty for our tastes, but the spices were beautiful and the meat was moist and tender.  It’s so easy to overcook kebabs, isn’t it?

For the mains we chose Beef Vindaloo and Chicken Korma, two classic dishes of Indian cuisine. The meats were beautifully cooked and there was a generous amount of the delicious sauces which we mopped up with naan bread, hot from the oven. The menu is quite extensive and includes fish and vegetarian meals.  In fact, you can even order crayfish and crab.  (Well, with an Indian twist)

The restaurant is very modern and spacious with elegant decor and a relaxing atmosphere.  The staff were excellent.  They made us feel welcome and made sure that we were cared for throughout the evening.

Thousand Spices Indian Restaurant is fully licensed and also offers takeaway.  To our surprise the dine in prices were very similar to the takeaway which made it an affordable way to eat out.

We loved this restaurant.  It’s only a few minutes from our cottages and the quality of the food and service is amazing.

You’ll find the restaurant at 63 High Street, Wallan, and you can book a table by calling 03 5783 3881.

Of course you know what this means, don’t you?  We’ll have to keep going back there – just to make sure they keep the standard up, of course.  Research purposes only…..


Happy Australia Day.

Tomorrow is Australia Day.  What do you have planned?

The traditional thing to do is to have a BBQ and if you follow Lambassador Kekovich, you’ll be cooking lamb tomorrow.  I’m pretty sure that a sausage sizzle is an Aussie tradition now, too.


In Wallan tomorrow we have the annual Flag Raising ceremony beginning at 8am followed by a sizzling BBQ breakfast.  This will be held at the Neighbourhood House, 42 Bentinck Street, Wallan.  Come along and meet your local councillors and enjoy an outdoor breakfast on a fine summer morning.



Then tomorrow evening, head on over to the City of Whittlesea to continue your celebrations.  You can bring your own picnic basket or buy from the local food vendors at the event. There will also be a free sausage sizzle (including halal and vegie burgers).  There will be live music from 6pm,  face painting jumping castle animal rides and more  Then there will be an Australia Day awards ceremony and flag raising at 8pm and at 9.15 there will be a fireworks display.  Just head to the grounds of the Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang.

No matter what you do,  have a fun day with your friends and family and celebrate our wonderful country.  We are lucky people to live here.

Happy Australia Day.