Who doesn’t love a cheeky holiday drink? If you are staying in Cobden, and looking for the best boozy lunch, dinner or cheerful afternoon drink spots, we’ve got you sorted. Here are eight of the best boozy places to visit around Cobden by cab. Oh and if you’ve got more than a couple of friends needing a lift, we have a comfortable 8 passenger vehicle to get you there and back.
1. Bistro On Neylon at Cobden Golf Club, Cobden
You will find Bistro on Neylon almost hidden amongst the club rooms of the Cobden Golf Club. Enjoy a drink in the bar or a meal in the bistro. The bistro is popular with locals and you will often find it heavily booked at dinner, even on weeknights. Its not about the décor here however you will find a nice view of the golf course and importantly, delicious seasonal pub fare. The bar has a large selection of beer, wine and spirits plus they even have ginger beer on tap. For those who like a fine wine, be sure to ask at the bar and they will likely have something stashed away for just the occasion. https://www.cobdengolf.com.au/bistro/
2. Thommo’s Hotel, Cobden
Thommo’s Hotel is a historic part of the Cobden township. Built in 1904, it maintains much of its bygone charm whilst boasting complimentary modern touches. A beautiful red brick building, the interior and grounds have been refreshed to offer a comfortable place to spend an afternoon or evening. The hotel boasts a dining room, as well as a bistro and undercover beer garden. There are a number of open fireplaces in the pub, providing welcome relief from the country chills. Summer opens up the refurbished beer garden, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the sunshine or the shade. Plenty of spots to choose from for an afternoon drink or a meal. The menu is designed with generous pub fare and surprising specials.
3. Keayang Maar Vineyard, Dixie
A small family owned and operated vineyard with impressive views over the vines and surrounding volcanic slopes. Visit the Keayang Maar Cellar door for wine tastings, pizza and local charcuterie. Open Wednesday to Sunday or Monday and Tuesday by appointment. Keep an eye out for happy hour specials and live music in the vines. https://www.keayangmaar.com/
4. Hampden Hotel, Camperdown
A short twelve-minute drive from Cobden, The Hampden Hotel is set in a beautiful old brick building on the elm tree lined main street of Campderdown. The hotel dates back to 1870. You will find all your classic pub meals, an expansive bistro dining area, bar and two great outdoor areas to sit outside and enjoy a drink in the warmer months. https://visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/restaurants/hampden-hotel/
5. Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, Timboon
Open for lunch and tastings 7 days a week, the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery is a small family-owned boutique distillery located at the old Timboon railway station. They specialise in single malt whisky and also produce vodka, schnapps, Limoncello and a wine-based coffee liqueur. Centrally located in the heart of Timboon, the distillery has a warm rustic feel about it and is packed with plenty of their wares and local produce to browse. The menu is a simple yet delicious menu of plates designed to be shared. Stay for lunch or simply stop by for a whisky tasting paddle. So much to love about this one.
6. Schulz Organic Creamery and Café, Timboon
Schulz Organic Creamery and Café is situated on a one-thousand-acre dairy farm just outside of Timboon in Victoria and a thirty-minute car ride from Cobden. A seasonal café menu showcases the dairy’s products including organic farm fresh milk and cheeses as well as other local produce. A selection of wine, beer and cider is available to accompany your sweet or savoury selection. For those who love to explore behind the scenes, book yourself a farm tour and learn about all aspects of the farm including the history of the creamery and the cheese-making process. Open 7 days, 10am to 4pm. https://schulzorganiccreamery.com.au/
7. Great Ocean Road Berry World, Timboon
This one will surprise you. Not only is Great Ocean Road Berry World the place to be able to pick your own strawberries (which is fun no matter how old you are!), but it is also the home of a Thai restaurant called Berry Good Thai. Berry World, known for their Timboon Strawberries have seasonal strawberry picking and sell a range of strawberry jams, sauces and liqueurs and you are likely to find daily pop up specials such as scones, a strawberry milkshake or a sweet cocktail. Popular with tourists for their berry picking and range of berries and popular with locals for their yummy Thai menu, the team here are eager to please. Open from 11am Tuesday to Friday and open from 9am on Saturday and Sunday. https://www.berryworld.com.au/
8. Sow and Piglets Brew Pub, Port Campbell
The Sow and Piglets is a microbrewery in Port Campbell. An unassuming venue with comfy indoor seating and a nice sunny outdoor deck for the warmer weather, the brew pub has a range of six homemade beers on tap, plus a selection of wines and a few spirits. Grab yourself a pizza if you’re feeling peckish. The Sow and Piglets Brew Pub using traditional brewing methods and the microbrewery has quite the story about how it came to be. Grab yourself a craft beer and watch the sunset from the deck over Port Campbell.
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Recently Sandra Timmins from Ride With Us spoke to Geoff Edlund from Weekend Notes about the many things to do when visiting Port Campbell, on the Great Ocean Road.
Sandra talked to Geoff about the taxi, tour and bike hire services on offer from Port Campbell. Tours can be local to Port Campbell and take in the iconic sights including The 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge or you might like to venture inland and explore some of the hidden gems of the region.
The Great Ocean Walk is a 100km hiking trail traversing from Apollo Bay and ending at The 12 Apostles. The trail has views to die for. Imagine dramatic coastlines where many shipwrecks lay, beautiful beaches, rolling hills and plenty of bushland to experience.
Sandra was excited to share the news with Geoff that a new 12 Apostles Bicycle Trail is almost complete which joins with the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail. Sandra said "a new trail will extend from Timboon to Port Campbell, with the option to stayover on the coast for the night - creating more of a holiday experience".
Read more about what to do and where to stay in Port Campbell on Weekend Notes.
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