Merrick’s General Store is a good place for families to come as they have quite a few high-chairs and it is spacious so there is room to manoeuvre in prams, strollers or capsules. For breakfast they serve a selection of dishes – eggs, sides and big breakfasts, as well as the healthier bircher muesli with poached rhubarb and raspberries, and a couple of items perfect for those with a sweet tooth (me!), house made gingerbread with maple butter and banana, and chocolate French toast with berry compote. Yum!
They offer a kid’s breakfast menu too (however not a lunch menu) – boiled egg and soldiers, poached or fried egg on toast, Croque enfant (ham and cheese toastie) Coco Pops and Rice Bubbles.
The coffee is great (Genovese) and there are sweet treats galore including cakes, biscuits and brownies. So stock up, so you can have a little sneaky treat on the drive back home.
If you are coming for lunch, then it is a wee bit pricey (especially in the dining room) and there ain’t that much for the kiddies. I think for families it is definitely well-suited as a breakfast/brunch spot or as somewhere for a coffee, babycino and a sweet afternoon treat. Perhaps after Fish n Chips on Merricks Beach, a sausage at the Balnarring Racecourse market, or a wood-fired pizza at T’gallant?
Not only is it a cafe/bistro/produce store, but it is also a cellar door for 3 local vineyards – Elgee Park, Bailllieu Vineyard and Quealy. Kathleen Quealy of Quealy wines is also one of the owners of Merricks General Store, and was the original winemaker and owner of T’gallant. Quealy is making some interesting Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris’ at the moment, so be sure to have a little taste of them too.