Daylesford Escape

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We left Mt Eliza on a cold and damp Tuesday morning and I am afraid to say it got colder and damper the closer we got to Daylesford. But being on holiday, we bought our spirit with us and remained positive.

We had booked in to The Manse for three nights, four days either side of Anzac Day. The property is ideally situated in a quiet location, five minutes walk from the main street. The rooms are interestingly furnished but cosy and welcoming with full 'claw' baths and open fire. Just the ticket for a chilly April stay.

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Our first dinner was at The Farmers Arms Hotel just a minute out of Daylesford Central. One of the tourist mags recommended it and it was one of the few 'better' establishments open on a Tuesday evening. We were not disappointed. A tasteful room, an extensive menu of local and typical bistro fare most reasonably priced. The food is well supported by an eclectic wine list of local, Australian and international wines, many available by the glass. We supped on various styles of pork, belly for me, sticky loin for her. Both excellent and we concluded with hot chocolate and decent coffee. A very positive start to the week's dining.

The second dinner was in our room, a 'ploughman's lunch' consumed with local Mt Franklin Estate pinot grigio in front of the open fire. Very enjoyable indeed.

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The third dinner was at The Perfect Drop in Daylesford. We were up for a big, last evening dinner but Robin was a little concerned that the dishes might not be to her taste. But some pressure from me, and sweet talking by our hostess got us across the line with a shared plate of slow cooked lamb shoulder and vegetables accompanied by roasted heirloom carrots and a green salad which consisted of, among other things, watermelon radishes and three different colours of tomatoes. It was a rich and enjoyable dish. Robin was most taken by the creme brûlée and the toffee tower on top! We enjoyed a bottle of Passing Clouds 'Graeme's Block' Shiraz. Very rich but smooth. What started as a tricky dining situation turned out very well indeed. Recommended!

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Bye for now, BomberBoy