The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Wom­bat Hill House is such a beguil­ingly Aus­tralian name for a cafe and pantry store. We spot none of the crea­tures pot­ter­ing about but there are rather cute winged wom­bats liven­ing up the mu­rals. This is Dayles­ford, north­west of Mel­bourne, and close to the Wom­bat State For­est. The force of na­ture that is chef-res­tau­ra­teur-hote­lier Alla Wolf-Tasker (pic­tured) of nearby Lake House opened the eatery in 2011 in the town’s Botanic Gar­den. Once the res­i­dence of the es­tate’s care­taker, it’s now a ca­sual din­ing op­tion as pop­u­lar with Wolf-Tasker’s Lake House guests as in-the-know lo­cals. On a re­cent Sun­day, the place was abuzz, with pa­trons seated in a cosy va­ri­ety of spa­ces, in­clud­ing ban­quettes, mixand-match nooks, com­mu­nal ta­bles and in a pretty con­ser­va­tory. Or­der at the open kitchen-bar from a menu that in­cludes the likes of fish and chips, Reuben sand­wiches, chunky sal­ads and meat­balls hum­ming with spices. There’s re­gional wine, cock­tails with names such as Wom­bat Spritzer and a cham­pi­oning of parish pro­duce. Open five days a week for break­fast, lunch and af­ter­noon teas, with “hi­ber­na­tion” on Tues­days and Wed­nes­days. More: wom­bat­hill­


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