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Wine and dine by a fire in the Grampians

26 May 2022

The Grampians is the perfect winter escape with an abundance of seasonal produce, wine, thundering waterfalls and breathtaking hikes. But nothing truly counteracts the cold better than a hot meal by a blazing fireplace.

To guide you on your road trip, we’ve put together a list of the best restaurants and cafes with an open fire or fireplace for escaping the chill this season.

Halls Gap Hotel 100 3

Halls Gap Hotel

Halls Gap Hotel is nestled at the foot of Mount William (Duwil) in the town of Halls Gap. It offers a wide-ranging menu of delicious locally made and sourced food, from fresh gnocchi and pork belly porchetta to classic pizzas and fries for the kids. It also boasts an indoor playground which means parents can actually savour their meal in peace! In the colder months, warm log fires are lit to keep diners toasty as they enjoy a hearty meal and a beverage in the cosy bistro.

Open fire

Pomonal Estate

Established in 2017, Pomonal Estate is a winery, microbrewery and cider house in the quiet town of Pomonal. With a blazing open-fire and a stunning backdrop of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, it’s the perfect place to escape the winter chill. Select from the menu of light lunch options, platters and homemade cakes to match with a signature wine, beer or cider.

Flame Brothers Restaurant and Bar

Flame Brothers Restaurant and Bar

This American-style smokehouse and restaurant is the perfect place to keep toasty this winter. Located in the heart of Halls Gap, Flame Brothers Restaurant and Bar offers a unique dining experience, being the only venue in the area with an American BBQ inspired menu. Enjoy indulging in sticky BBQ ribs, a hearty burger, an unbeatable mac & cheese or buffalo cauliflower with the soundtrack of their crackling fireplace in the background.

The Wander Inn

The Wander Inn

Located in Wartook Valley in Western Grampians, the Wander Inn is a peaceful location to relax and unwind on your travels. Settle inside the mudbrick building by the relaxing fireplace as you overlook the beautiful garden. You might even spot a grazing kangaroo as you sip on your afternoon coffee or wine.

Salinger’s Café

Salinger’s Café

When you’re not winery hopping in Great Western, make sure you stop for breakfast or lunch at Salinger’s Café. The venue itself is a beautiful historic building with rustic exposed brick and modern dining. Take your pick from their all-day breakfast menu which features fluffy buttermilk pancakes, chorizo scramble or the vegan big breakfast. On cold days, the cosy atmosphere is complemented by the warmth of the fireplace.