Matt Carnells : Best places to Eat and Drink in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.

From Parisian croissants, local honey slathered on a baguette and a trout farm to catch your dinner — here are the best places to eat and drink in Daylesford and Macedon, according to Daylesford’s Bistro Terroir owner and head chef Matthew Carnell. 


This is a hospo workers dream restaurant. A place where Dave Willcocks and Vanessa, along with staff, serve, I think, the most consistent, tasty food and drink in the region. To get the very best experience, sit at the bar and eat whatever they give you. 

3 Tenth St, Hepburn Springs 


Brendan is a ripper winemaker and an all-round good bloke. Hang out in his laneway wine bar, have a chat and chill out in a super relaxed environment. He makes all his wine on premise, and it’s very smashable. 

1 Turner’s La, Kyneton 


Easy to spend a day here, knife makers, cheese makers, chocolatiers, coffee roaster, wine/ beer makers, and artists. A shared space where passionate people get together and create. Not to mention Das Kaffeehaus, the best Viennese cafe and restaurant you will find. A hot tip is to try the cheese kransky with all the trimmings and a side of spätzle! 

The Vintage Bazaar is an excellent place to go back in time and find that 70s fondue set. 

1/9 Walker St, Castlemaine 


Head out to Coghills Creek and stop at this fantastic family run winery. You’ll most likely see Owen or his father Norman making amazing wines, and they are always up for a good chat. There’s a new cellar door too. 

67 Pickfords Rd, Coghills Creek


Normally after a morning mushroom hunt, I will find myself stopping at this fantastic French patisserie. The pastries are the closest, if not the same as in France. Paul and Marie are a hardworking couple who know how to make pastries. 

73 Albert St, Creswick 


Fifth-generation honey farmers and these guys are seriously passionate, and the proof is in the taste. A lovely place to visit and grab local honey. Stop on your way home at Le Sel, a French cafe on Main Street. Grab some soft chèvre cheese, a French baguette and throw some honey on it. 

35 Boundary Rd, Maldon 


Want to teach your kids where food comes from? Grab a rod, throw a line in, and you’ll be sure to catch a trout. They will cook it up for you right there or you can take it home. Passionate owners Rob and Jan will talk all things local, and you can wander the farm and even stay the night. 

60 Stoney Rises Rd, Smeaton 

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Narenna Bloomfield
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Narenna is a country girl at heart, growing up on a dairy farm north of Bendigo. Now living in Kyneton, (her husband’s hometown) she is a busy mum of three littlies. She loves gardening, baking, photography and getting out and about in the area. A favourite day in the region would be a weekly shop at a farmers’ market, meandering through an open garden and finishing with a dinner in one of the acclaimed restaurants along Piper Street, Kyneton.