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In continuing with our food and wine inspired content this week, today I'm super excited to introduce the Kyneton home of one of Melbourne's much-loved foodies - Melly Beilby!
Melly is a veteran of Melbourne's culinary community - she's the proprietor and matriarch of fabulous Melbourne cafes Spoonful and Teaspoon in High st, Prahran East, and sweet Sardine in Armadale! (She also co-owns Hut 13, right next to Sardine). Melly's cafes and catering are immensely popular and much respected by locals for their fresh, seasonal flavours - she always has the best of the best when it comes to robust, colourful salads and delicious savoury tarts and pies. SO SO Good.
It was an absolute pleasure to pay Melly a little visit recently at her rambling country home just outside of Kyneton, in Victoria's spa region. After a relatively recent tree-change (Melly and husband Peter have been here only two years) Melly has taken to country life like a duck to water! No surprise of course, given she and Peter now have space for a gaggle of healthy chickens, plus Oona the dog, and the most impressive vegie garden you've ever laid eyes on! It is truly amazing, bursting with shiny produce - and so neat and tidy!
In addition to the amazing garden, Melly says she loves the solitude here and the sense of space, as well as the bird life - despite their affection for her fruit trees! Of course another major drawcard for Melly and Peter was the fantastic produce in this area and the foodie culture in and around Kyneton. 'On Saturday night we arrive home late and always stop off at Annie Smithers for a simple meal with a really good glass of wine - it almost feels like home as the staff are so welcoming & the food delicious. It is a very food oriented area - lots of good eating to be done here. The Lancefield farmers market is wonderful - real farmers with real food' - says Melly.
Another favourite local business for Melly is Prunella - a gorgeous little shop in Kyneton for flowers and other bits and pieces. Melly often uses Prunella for flowers for her catering jobs in Melbourne. (Actually I spotted such retail / gallery / junk shop goodness in Kyneton whilst passing through, I really must go back and do a proper shopping guide for this region very soon!).
A final word of thanks to Melly and Peter for their incredible hospitality during our visit. Not surprisingly, Melly has an effortlessly impressive culinary repertoire and fed Sean and I SO MUCH during our visit. We started with tea and homemade scones around 11.00am, followed by lunch (Syrian chicken with apricots, plus 3 amazing salads using home grown veg!) AND we each left with a hunk of delectable soft spongecake for afternoon tea! What a woman.
If this post has made you a little peckish, do pop in soon for a dose of Beilby hospitality at Spoonful, Teaspoon or Sardine... you won't be disappointed!