Lunch At the Heads – Barwon Heads

At The Heads – 1A Ewing Blyth Road (Jetty Road) BARWON HEADS

Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time… Otis Redding

At the Heads is one of the prettiest outlooks you’ll find in and about Barwon Heads, the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast. And it’s a definite must if you’re after a leisurely dine-and-dabble experience. A visit here is the equivalent of a mini vacation at any sitting, at any time of day – or night – and a real tonic.

You’ll find At the Heads a short walk from the William Buckley Bridge, tucked away beneath the shade of tea trees, and the draw of the salt-aged jetty and stunning foreshore vista across the bay.

Barwon Heads is – and has been in the past – yet another local movie set in the making. This uniquely beautiful seaside setting has attracted film and television location scouts aplenty. Check Nevil Shute’s On the Beach starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardener, and the ABC’s SeaChange filmed across the Bellarine Peninsula and Barwon Heads. Apropos of nothing – Kerry Armstrong is MSCL’s favourite gal in this one; and David Wenham – Diver Dan – our favourite SeaChange fella.

Breakfast looks to be a treat for another day. Just a snippet of what’s for the taking –

Potato waffle smothered in roasted mushrooms, horseradish, goats curd and fried egg; At the Heads Benedict spanner crab cake, wilted spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise; kiwi superfood smoothie bowl with kale, matcha powder, granola and fresh fruit in season.

Swan Bay Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling is on the breakfast list. I guess you just never know when breakfast may move into brunch, morph into lunch, et cetera, et cetera…

The selection of bar food At the Heads will keep you hanging about singing sea shanties till closing. Taste test the tuna-in-a-jar diced sashimi with yuzu and wasabi dressing, tempura crumbs and coriander; fig tart with witlof, bacon and blue cheese salad; sherry roasted octopus served with haloumi and grilled lemon. And there’s lots more in the share-plate offing.

The wine list here is bursting with the best of the best local remarkables, and many available by the glass. Now this is a list:

On tap is ‘Geelong’s Own’ Furphy; local heroes Flying Brick Cider, Forrest Pale Ale, Odyssey Beach Ale, Cockies Surf Coast Blond, Moby’s Pale Ale, Blackman’s Lager and Prickly Moses Otway Stout – just a taster, as there’s more, if nothing here tickles the tastebuds.

Local wines from Oakdene, Swan Bay, Meremus Riesling, Drysdale Jack & Jill Pinot Gris, Bendigo Fairbank Cab Merlot, Bellarine Ponda Estate Pinot Noir, and Winchelsea Dinny Goonan Shiraz. More, more, and much more. At the Heads has it all – even a spider, if you fancy.

Our choice – and not easily decided upon – but it hit the trifecta…

— Squid linguini with chilli, garlic, parsley and olive oil topped with pangarattato.

— Local sea bounty mussels with garlic, tarragon, cream and soughdough.

— Warm chocolate baklava with chocolate crumb, pistachio cotton candy and Turkish delight ice-cream.

Frank Ellis Reserve across the bridge is the place to take any fidgety little pirates, should you have them in tow. The ocean-themed adventure playground jutting the water has all age groups covered. You won’t find any surf here; but it’s an ideal spot for a splash and paddle.

Love At the Heads use of space, and that the management here could so easily have crowded in several more table settings – and would by all accounts and observation easily fill them – but have chosen not to. Comfortably spacious, beaming with natural light, and picture-perfect ambiance. Lots of high-ceiling rafters at At the Heads, but you won’t be packed to them. Breezy, fresh, all things bright and beautiful.

At the Heads has a private function room with a view. Choose to dine indoors or at the umbrella-ed deck outdoors overlooking the water.

An absolute treat in the wait staff department. You won’t be rushed out the door here. And here’s betting you won’t want to be.

Great selection of local handcrafted interior design wares and take-home treats for purchase about the place.

Top of My Surf Coast Life’s Barwon Heads super best. Family friendly – and lots of goodness in store for the littlies.

Opening hours – 9am till late.

Bookings – or chance a wander-in week days – At the Heads

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