17 Dec McGain’s Nursery, Café and Food Store
McGAIN’S NURSERY, CAFÉ & FOOD STORE – 1 Simmons Court, ANGLESEA
McGain’s Nursery is a charming café, nursery, organic food store affair with an adjoining gift shop full of inspirational bits and bobs. The wooden outdoor toys, garden games and puzzles I’ve not seen anywhere on the Surf Coast. So if you’re on the hunt for something original in the gift department, you’ll find it here. Handwoven baskets, thatch brooms, Est handmade soaps, locally crafted cards, and a good stock of unusual gardening paraphernalia, seeds and books.
Eat inside or out beneath hanging garden baskets of potted annuals, creepers and climbers. The atmosphere is relaxed and provincial. And just fresh-air, calm and beautiful…
McGain’s menu offers up a collection of all that is delectable, fresh and fabulous, and organic. The Thai chicken balls with freshly picked coriander, garden salad and jalapeños, the perfect lunch choice. It’s a treat of a menu, and the specials board is hard to ignore. McGain’s is not licensed, but you’ ll find a great selection of organic fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. And the house V8 juice will give you a right rev-up.
McGain’s serve their own-brand artisan teas, and these are available to purchase, too. I love anything dressed in brown paper. These teas are beautifully packaged. I need to visit McGain’s often in the near future after this too-short visit, if only to sample more of these magic, medicinal brews.
Check the mouthwatering selection of cakes, biscuits and sweets, if you’ re visiting for morning or afternoon tea. Amazing! Coffee is impressive here, too. It’s supplied by award-winning Coffee Cartel Roasters of Geelong.
McGain’s adjoining grocery shop sells organic and biodynamic beers and wines, Schulz organic milk, delicatessen goods, fruit and vegetables, take-home meals, handmade sweet treats, chocolates, oils and condiments. Too much to mention here. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
McGain’s is a warm, welcoming and happy place to browse, shop – and eat, of course. The nursery is a treat, and set out like a Utopian botanical wonderland. There’ s a comprehensive collection of pots – all shapes and sizes, in earthy, rustic and terracotta hues. I love the hand‑whittled trellises and climber frames, tin watering cans – and, yes –rainbow kites!
This nursery-café morning, noon and afternoon delight is child and wheelchair friendly. I was told that little ones love to visit just to say hello to the fishy inhabitants of the lily pond set in the middle of the outdoor garden. So, all in all, this is a lift-the-spirits experience full of ‘ooh-ahs’ with a kind of good-memory, happy childhood nostalgic aftertaste.
Café and shop staff – all delightful, cruisy and relaxed. When I was last there – at the height of the lunch-hour rush – one unfortunate patron accidentally knocked a bottle of balsamic vinegar to the ground, causing it to smash into smithereens; but there was no fuss or fury, and no question of recompense or restitution. All sorted quickly, quietly and professionally, with a grin, together with the best of the best of local Surf Coast ‘tude’ –“No worries, love!”
The nursery is one of the best on the Surf Coast, and these guys really know a pumpkin from a pansy!
A definite ‘go-back-to’ for me, and looking forward to showing off another Great Ocean Road beauty to friends, family and visitors.
Wish I’d bought some of that berry tea cake to take home now…