The Flour Factory


On our previous visit to the Flour Factory a few months ago we had one of our best lunches of the year – a lunch special that had excellent choices, brilliant cooking and outstanding presentation. So we went along last week full of expectation – ...

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Varnish on King


We hadn’t had our Varnish fix for a while and after finding nothing on the menu at a nearby place we had picked for lunch we knew that Varnish would not let us down, and so it proved. It is one of our favourite small bars and has been recognized in ...

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Amani Bar


Amani Bar in Leederville is in Oxford Street, near Vincent Street, but a little away from the main Leederville “strip”, across the road from the Luna cinema. It is small and cosy– a long room with seating down one side and a bar along the other; ...

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Jane Brook Estate


On Toodyay Road, a little off the beaten track of Swan Valley wineries, Jane Brook Estate has been producing excellent wines for many years - certainly from the time David and Bev Atkinson bought the Vignacourt winery back in the early 1970s. Some ...

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Brygon Reserve Wines


Brygon Reserve Wines On my recent trip down South I dropped by Brygon Estate’s new cellar door on the Osmington Road, just along from Colonial Brewery. It is a picturesque place set amongst lawns and vines, and offering a wide range of wines to ...

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Champagne and Oysters with Jerry and Justin


In Sonnets from the Portuguese Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”; Friday night at Lot20 it was more a matter of “how to prepare an oyster? Let me count the ways”…and in the hands of Jerry Fraser and Lot20 ...

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Firetail Wines


Firetail has a charming little cellar door in Rosa Glen, a place I know well – my grandfather farmed just a few hundred metres away from the winery – with a cosy tasting room, a deck out front to sit and enjoy the vista across the vines, a welcoming ...

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Simply Paella at Pinelli Estate


Pinelli Wines in the Swan Valley celebrated end of harvest with a function at their Caversham winery – sitting out under the vine covered patio on a warm autumn evening, Lady FWO and I, along with our daughter and son in law, and a good crowd of ...

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Riverbank Estate Winery and Restaurant


We have long regarded the restaurant at Riverbank Estate as one of the best in the Swan Valley – and our visit on Friday evening confirmed that opinion. We went along to sample some dishes from the new menu which is moving away from standard entrée, ...

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Fairbrossen Wines


On our recent trip to Fairbrossen (see review of their restaurant elsewhere in the blog) I also took the opportunity to buy a few bottles – both of their Fairbrossen label and of the Side Projects series – the latter of these are an experimental ...

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