Daylesford and Trentham food, restaurants, bookshops and more
2017-06-11 Robin Whittle
Last update 2017-07-24
Here are some of the local businesses which Tina and I have had
particularly good experiences with. They are in no particular
order except that the first two are in Trentham, the next is further afeild in Kyneton and the rest are in Daylesford.
This is one of several pages concerning Daylesford and places nearby. The index for those pages is here: ../.
Chaplins at the Muse, Trentham
is a small cafe a few doors east of the IGA supermarket. We are
not the only ones who describe their salad sandwiches as heavenly.
I don't recall what all is in their standard salad sandwiches, but Meredith Marinated Goat Cheese (link)
is one of the ingredients. The bread is a soft, fragrant, rye bread from the Kyneton Bakehouse (link). I ask them to hold the
olives and add avocado.
We can't comment on the rest of their extensive menu since we have yet to get past their salad sandwiches!
Chaplins does not seem to have a website. A page of reviews is at: www.tripadvisor.com.au 32 High St Trentham. Phone: 03 4405 4107.
Dr B's Bookstore, Trentham
This is a finely curated bookshop specialising in art, literature and contemporary fiction.
40B High St Trentham. Look for the two wombats on the roof. Phone: 0421 225 999
Squishy Minnie Bookstore, Kyneton
A bright bookstore for children and young adults, with a great range of books, not least concerning Demolition and Construction.
80 Mollison St Kyneton, on the east side, just south of High St.
Tonna's Fruit and Vegetables
This is an
excellent fruit and veg shop, located on the Ballan Rd (AKA 141 Vincent
St), next to the BP service station, 200 metres south of the post
office, close to the eastern end of Bleakley St, which goes to
Daylesford Lake. See the satellite photo below under the Book Barn heading.
Tonna's stocks the sourdough bread made in Daylesford by Stellas Naturally Fine Foods, as well as Irrewarra sourdough bread from Colac.
The Blue Wren Patisserie
Narelle Beattie's Blue Wren Patisserie
is a home-based business, but we are able to pick up her cakes from
Himalaya (see below) in the Daylesford's main street, where she works
For our 13th wedding anniversary she made us this beautiful carrot and
pecan cake with a lactose-free cream-cheese icing with fruit and edible flowers:
Our cake was every bit as delicious as it looks!
Phone 0438 139 126
Himalaya Bakery and Cafe
particularly like their sourdough bread with olives, their vegetable samosas and
their cakes, some of which are made by Narelle Beattie (see above).
We recently bought one of their gluten-free Belgian chocolate cakes and
it was a hit with the assembled multitudes who were visiting.
73 Vincent St (main street) Daylesford, 90 metres north-north-east of the post office.
Sweet Decadence at Lacontro
floors (14 rooms) with a vast array of well-organised, well-chosen, new and second-hand books, records,
comics, educational toys, CDs, DVDs, greeting cards and fossils. Upstairs is nice and quiet.
46 Vincent St (west side, 60 metres south of the roundabout at corner with the Midland Highway) 03 5348 1288.
at 4375 Midland Highway, at the west end of Daylesford, just south of
the road to Tipperary Springs, is a family-run business Courtot
This is an honest-to-goodness motor mechanic and independent petrol
station. Last year when I asked for some engine oil, they didn't
give me a brand-name plastic bottle off the shelf. There was a
brief consultation on the make, model and year of the car, discussion
of the most suitable grade of oil, and within a few minutes they
supplied me with a
1960s quart glass oil bottle with pouring spout they had freshly filled
from a 44 gallon drum out the back.
In early 2017 I drove in at 11AM, with no prior arrangement, with
our 17 year old Japanese car which needed a new radiator. They got on the
blower, ordered a replacement from Ballarat, had it picked up and
delivered by Ray's Light Frieght (link) does two runs a day to Ballarat and back,
removed the old radiator and fitted the new one (non-trivial with all
the plumbing, fans, aircon radiator etc.) and had it ready for me to
pick up at 4.30PM!
As far as I know they have no website. Phone 03 5348 2189.
Map from http://www.street-directory.com.au
Wombat Hill House
excellent cafe is located on the Wombat Hill volcano, at the western
edge of the Daylesford Botanical Gardens, a few blocks east of
They hibernate on Tuesday and Wednesday. Phone 03 4373 0099.
Red Ginger Thai Restaurant
always enjoy their food! They are located at 31 Albert St, across
the road from the Coles supermarket car park. They have an online
ordering system which works well:
but when we order takeaway we like to choose from this site and phone our order directly: 03 5348 1163.
Spice of India Restaurant
Likewise, we have always enjoyed our meals at this restaurant, and the takeaway meals we have ordered from them.
They are located 2km south of the post office, at the front of the
Daylesford Inn, 2891 Ballan-Daylesford Rd. Phone: 03 5348
2994. They have an online ordering site:
We have not yet tried the Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant http://www.tajmahaldaylesford.com
at 51 Raglan St, just north of the main part of town, but we have heard good reports and they have excellent reviews at tripadvisor.
Book Barn cafe and second-hand bookshop and the Boathouse cafe
located, with a deck and all, in the middle of Lake Daylesford, yet
still on land, Andrew Green's Book Barn specialises in rare and unusual
second-hand books. I particularly like their smoked salmon and
The Boathouse has fine food and views, but no books. Except
during the winter months, paddle boats can be hired from just next to
the Boathouse. http://www.boathousedaylesford.com.au
Oz Trans transport and removals
Trans moved our house full of furniture, books and equipment from
Melbourne to Daylesford in 2014. We were very happy with their
care and abilities, especially with the steep paths which made it
difficult to carry everything into our new home.
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They do not seem to have a website (http://www.oztrans.com.au is inactive). They are 7km south of Daylesford: 2324 Ballan Daylesford Rd, Sailors Falls VIC 3461 and their phone number is 03 5348 6611.