It is hard not to be biased about Clyde Park. Despite the fact that you are dining with many other people who have discovered this unique setting, there is still a feeling of contentment that makes you feel like you have uncovered a gem. And what a gem it is.
We ventured out with three small people on a Sunday afternoon for a lunch of wood fired pizza, great cool climate wines and some quality family time. We were greeted by host and owner Terry whose attitude of “what is the point of Sunday lunch if you can’t share it with your kids” immediately puts you at ease. Terry generally runs the front of house along with cooking those crispy pizzas whilst his wife Sue tinkers away expertly in the kitchen.
When you hear the cow bell ring, it means your pizza is ready. Cute. We tucked into a gorgeous vegetarian pizza with Meredith goat’s cheese and an equally fabulous sticky pork combination. The kids were well fed with bambino pizzas – a decent size full of ham, cheese and pineapple – and homemade vanilla ice-creams arrived shortly after. The little flake on top was a cute touch and the chocolate sauce was delicious! Bigger kids are well satisfied with Gooey Chocolate Delight (an amazingly decadent brownie), Rhubarb Brulee Tart or a stunning cheese plate with muscatels and crackers.
There are so many kids around, filing in family after family. And the best thing of all is that the shed is big enough to deal with all the inevitable squeals. There were prams for kids and dolls, bassinets for new bubs, Baby Bjorns, dolls, dummies, tantrums and toys and it all felt like it just blended in with the scenery.
There is a toy box for little ones but with the rolling hills of Moorabool Valley for the kids to explore and the potential of spotting goats or sheep, they are well entertained. A few older kids had footballs and were occupied for long enough for their folks to tuck in to expertly made pizzas and sensational wine.
The Cellar Door is open all weekend adding to the casualness of Clyde Park but also indicating how seriously they take their wine. They are after all a vineyard that decided to make a few pizzas! You’ll need to book as it gets really busy and do make a beeline for the toilets – they surely have the best view in the Valley!
And post lunch we took advantage of the winter sun and sat on the terrace for another glass of reserve pinot and watched whilst different combinations of kids with different combinations of parents came out to explore. Clyde Park is a terrific venue for lunches with kids and long lunches sans enfants. With a winning combination of excellent wine, great pizzas, lovely views and a family friendly attitude an afternoon at Clyde Park maketh a happy family day!