The Beach House Geelong
The Beach House Geelong is by the Melbourne-based Mulberry Group, responsible for now-sold cafe icons such as The Kettle Black, Higher Ground and Top Paddock. Its current portfolio includes CBD venues Liminal, Hazel and Dessous.
Studio Esteta (the team behind the look of Lune Croissanterie) transformed the brick 1920s seaside changing room into a modern, light-filled all-day eatery. Inside there’s a large, airy space overlooking the action on the beach. The colour palette mirrors that view – with a largely sandy colour scheme accented by the brilliant blues of the sea and sky. Upstairs there’s an events space with views out over the bay, which doubles as a yoga studio in the mornings.
The breakfast menu is filled with brunch classics, including hotcakes – a Mulberry Group signature. The lunch menu is seafood-heavy and informed by the daily catch: it changes often, but dishes starring Portarlington Mussels and whole baby snapper appear regularly. What the team can’t get from local suppliers, it grows atCommon Ground Project, its farm in Freshwater Creek.
For drinks, classic beachy cocktails and easy-drinking summery wines are the name of the game.
If you’re looking for something more casual, get something to take away from the kiosk. In addition to that all-important beach classic – fish and chips – there’s a range of smaller treats, coffees and smoothies. Once you’ve got your takeaway box, find a comfy spot on the grass slopes nearby and tuck in.