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Magazines : Breakaway Autumn 2011
Take a Break at Rydges Melbourne, from $189* per room per night. RYDGES MELBOURNE 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Ph: 1800 333 104 Email: reservations_melbour email@example.com www.rydges.com/melbourne Take a break this autumn You deserve to Take a Break with Rydges Melbourne this autumn. Relax in Locanda Steakhouse with a mouth watering steak and an ice cold beer, or take advantage of our premier location amongst the theatres and Melbourne's best shopping. Includes: • Over night accommodation in a Deluxe Queen Room • Full Buffet Breakfast in Locanda for 2 adults. * Valid 1st March 2011 through to 31st May 2011 and subject to availability. Conditions apply. Visit www.rydges.com/melbourne to view our packages and book online. Brewing up success Forrest’s general store has had a makeover, ALISON McADAM discovers when she takes to the Otway Harvest Trail IT used to be a much-anticipated milk bar selling lollies by the bag. It was an hour from home and about that again from our summer holiday destination, Apollo Bay. It was the Forrest general store but it’s not there any more. The building is but it doesn’t sell lollies by the bag. And that’s just fine by me because it’s not 1985 and I’m no longer a little car-sick kid on a long drive in the back of the car. It’s 2011, I’m driving the car and Forrest is our destination. We’ve heard about what the old general store has become and we want to check it out. It’s called the Forrest Brewery Company and it’s transformed the old building into a light open bar and casual restaurant. The bar sells beer made on site (as well as other beers and wine) and the restaurant serves homemade gnocchi and pasties (as well as meals such as fish and chips). It’s all explained on a giant wall of blackboard and it’s all consumed at tables inside or out. And there’s a sunken couch area that features a box of toys for the kids – I would have liked that a lot in 1985. While the Forrest Brewery Company might be the new kid on the block, the Otway Harvest Trail also features some well-established producers. Stop for a bite to eat at the cleverly named Martians café in Deans Marsh, or shop for some goodies for the pantry at Winchelsea Larder, or pick your own berries at the Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm, Teahouse and B&B. Wineries such as Brown Magpie Wines, Dinny Goonan and Otway Estate Winery and Brewery help make this region more than worthy of a taste trail all its own. And they all combine to provide any day tripper with an excuse to drive through some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. INFO Forrest Brewing Company is at 26 Grant St, Forrest. Phone 5236 6170 or go to forrestbrewing.com.au. For more information on the trail, as well as opening times and maps, go to otwayharvesttrail.org.au LOCAL’S TIP ‘‘When we have friends and family visiting from interstate and overseas we always take them to Cape Otway Lightstation. The views of the 1848 lighthouse and the Southern Ocean are world- class and Toula, the Greek chef there, produces delicious, hearty fare from her homeland. The soups, savoury pies and baklava are yum.’’ - C OPAC centre manager Karen Patterson GEELONG ADVERTISER I 5
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