After a relaxing morning wandering around the rhododendron garden, we drove further through the rolling countryside in search of lunch. We had been meaning to visit Providence Farm Stall since it opened almost a year ago, this time we were wise enough to book well ahead. The rusted patina of Corten steel glowed in the sunlight on what looked like a fairly unassuming farm building.
Lavender and olive trees accompanied myriad potted plants around the grounds
along with a couple of rustic installations.
The hilltop setting afforded spectacular views across verdant farmland to the waters of Bass Strait.
From a different angle, the ‘shed’ became something quite extraordinary.
Stepping through the door,
the huge windows filled the walls with nature’s artwork.
A magnificent slab of polished timber offers seating for a large group or share table
and complements the tasteful, minimalist décor.
There are plans to create a lounge bar on the mezzanine, a comfy space to enjoy a beverage while listening to local talent entertaining with live music.
The seasonal menu is limited but the food is fresh, colourful and beautifully presented. The interestingly named Poke Bowl comprises smoked ocean trout, sushi rice, edamame beans, avocado, red cabbage and carrots, drizzled with soy-sesame dressing.
A flavoursome Rainbow Salad is topped with cashews and a house made Thai dressing.
Rich, creamy Butter Chicken is served with basmati rice and chapati bread.
Fortunately, we still had room for Sticky Date Cake served warm with butterscotch sauce, roasted almonds and cream
and a delicious Chocolate Bliss Mini Cake.
We are looking forward to a return visit to sample the Summer menu and enjoy the congenial atmosphere and friendly hospitality.