There is a broad range of local restaurants and cafes to be enjoyed year round in the north east.
Billy Button Wine Bar
Serving excellent thin crust pizzas and now also stocks a great range of imported and local cheese. Well known wine maker Jo Marsh and stocks her wines – Billy Button.
Jo also makes and stocks the Kilnhouse wine (Kilnhouse Row 8 Verdelho and Prosecco).
Tomohawks has fast become a firm favourite for locals. Service and vibe is casual, serving tapas and burgers. The food is quite sophisticated and well priced and the cocktails would rival any Melbourne CBD establishment!
A lovely cafe with a great courtyard out the back overlooking the Ovens river. Hearty breakfast/brunch and tapas/share options for lunch or dinner.
Reed and Co / 15 Wills St
The newest bar/café to eat in town. A partnership between Tani (recently closed chef hat restaurant ) and Sixpence sees a unique eating and dining space where you can sample Tani’s latest venture, a gin distillery in a relaxed bar setting where small food plates will be on offer. If Gin is not your thing, pick up a coffee from Sixpence who also have a coffee roaster onsite as well as their well loved artisan bread and pastries.
Cafes – Breakfast, lunch & brunch
Rail Trail Café
Located directly on the rail trail in Porepunkah, this café is well known to locals for their breakfast burritos, good coffee and generous serves for breakfast and lunch. A sandpit for children and a bike rack for riders make this a great pitstop for families enjoying a bike ride from The Kilns to Bright and back.
Sixpence Coffee and bakery
Hidden away a little in the Industrial estate but great bread and coffee. Only open Monday to Friday, they have recently opened a second café in Wills St in Bright that is open over the weekend.
A 1950’s inspired cafe that has homemade hearty dishes, a unique brunch menu and good coffee. All food is made on premises and they have an impressive cake/slice selection.
Food, Wine and Friends
Another cafe with good coffee, (it also stocks Milawa bread if you get there early), cheese, preserves and wine and great brunch menu. They also have a range of take away meals.
Cherry walk café
A popular café with the locals, this gem has excellent coffee and good quality breakfast and brunch menu.
A unique farm shed café set on the grounds of a working Chestnut farm in historic Wandiligong. The Chestnut flavoured pastries are a must try! Open 10am – 4pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Just across the road from Kilnhouses. À la carte lunch on the terrace is lovely. There is also an extensive local produce deli cabinet where you can create your very own deli platter. Free wine tasting and a gorgeous view of Mount Buffalo – and walking or riding distance from the kilnhouses!
Ringer Reef winery
Located 3 km from the kilnhouses just before Porepunkah on the (bike) rail trail. You can sometimes buy a lunch platter there but olives and home made bread are served with their wine tasting – lovely spot for a picnic and destination for a bike ride.
Hotels & Breweries
Well known to tourists and locals alike, the brewery has a good (pub style) menu, a range of their own crafted beer on tap and is located along the river overlooking the park.
The Wandi Pub
Located in Wandiligong, The Wando Pub has a pleasant beer garden, a good selection of local wines and beers. The menu is small, Wandilgong is a gorgeous and hidden valley. A lovely walk from Bright.
The Punkah Pub
Recently renovated and modernised and is now one of the smartest looking pubs in the region. Serving local wine and beer with a full menu for lunch, dinner and bar snacks, mostly pub-style food with nice atmosphere.
The Happy Valley Hotel
Located in Ovens on the outskirts of Myrtleford, is another pub that has undergone a recent transformation. The menu consists of more traditional pub style options and popular with locals.
The Snowline Hotel in Harrietville is a favourite with locals and has good meals. The new deck is a very pleasant spot for a drink and meal!
Wonderful Japanese inspired food (2 hats good food guide) – with excellent wines. May need to organise a driver/taxi for this one (we can let you know some contacts).
Excellent coffee and Spanish style casual food.