Disclosure: Our visit was courtesy of the Rural City of Wangaratta.
You may remember Part 1 of Visit Wangaratta – finally, here is part 2.
After drinks and pizzas at The Precinct, we had a long, long walk to our next destination: out the door and to the left.
Yes, the Watermarc was quite conveniently located right next door.
The Watermarc is a contemporary bistro. The menu has quite a lot of options – there’s small things to start such as wood fired flatbread with flavoured butters, crispy pork scratchings, or oysters served three ways.
Then there’s entrees: seared scallops and calamari, just to name a couple.
Mains are rather hearty: house made pappardelle, braised pork belly or a slow cooked beef cheek and more.
And if that’s not enough, there’s also a small vegan section and wood fired pizzas.
We were treated to a walk through of the menu – and rather a lot of food came out! Most of it was good, though nothing truly shone.
I think the dishes needed either a bit more finesse or to be pared back a bit – they were a bit fussy.
Though, I must say, we did have quite a lot of wine with the food (to the chagrin of the rest of the restaurant) and hence tastebuds might’ve been rather dulled.
Desserts though, were pretty damn good.
58 Faithful Street
Phone: 03 5722 4000
The following morning we were up bright and early for breakfast at Cafe Prevue.
It’s a lovely cafe with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Ovens River.
My breakfast was the Goats toast: sourdough, fresh tomato, avocado, goats cheese and basil. I added bacon to it and that made it the perfect breakfast. We all know that I’m not a big fan of goats cheese, but it was a very mild kind.
The Prevue is a nice cafe – and it was lovely to breakfast with the sun streaming in through the windows.
Cafe The Prevue
68 Faithfull Street
Wangaratta VIC 3677
Phone 03 5721 2092
After a few hours of free time, we all piled back into the cars and headed to Glenrowan to visit Baileys.
They’re one of the oldest wineries in the region established in 1870, and are particularly renowned for their red wines and fortified wines.
Unfortunately we’d all had more than enough alcohol the previous night so none of us were up for any wine tasting. Soft, I know.
But during lunchtime, they also serve wood fired pizzas with thin crispy bases and several different toppings.
The mushroom pizza in particular was exceptional – if you visit, definitely make sure this is part of your order.
Baileys of Glenrowan
779 Taminick Gap Road
Glenrowan VIC 3675
Phone (03) 5766 1600
Our final stop was Black Dog Brewery, where we were greeted by Macca, the black dog. Yes, they do have a black dog, and yes the brewery is named after Macca, who also makes an appearance on the labels.
Black Dog Brewery is a craft brewery that’s part of Booth’s Winery and the brewer, James Booth, is also the winemaker for Taminick Cellars.
We sampled the ale, pale ale, IPA and the stout. I particularly liked the ale and the stout.
Tastings are on offer Thursday to Monday from 2 – 5pm.
Black Dog Brewery
339 Booth Road
Taminick VIC 3675
Phone (03) 5766 2282
And after that it was homeward bound. We had a great weekend in Wangaratta and I’m definitely keen to explore more of the region and (in particular) do more horse riding.
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