3458 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks, Victoria
Visited 5th August
After every big party there should be a big breakfast, and our big breakfast venue of choice was Merricks General Store. Back in the day Merricks General Store really was a general store selling papers, milkshakes, pies and mixed lollies. These days it's gone all posh and Port Philip Bay side, with a cafe and cellardoor. It's located next door to Stonier winery in the tiny settlement of Merricks.
They have expanded the original building and opened the back into an airy dinning area, which was streaming with winter sun. Our group plonked itself around a big wooden table and quickly ordered a round of big breakfasts and coffees. My plate was packed with mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages, bacon and some lovely fat toast topped with a couple of poached eggs. The food was good, though I thought the sausages were a little under cooked and the mushrooms were average. A couple of excellent coffees, alongside this feast certainly made facing the World a little easier.
Merricks General Store is perhaps a little too big and as a result isn't a particularly intimate; it's also a disgrace that complimentary newspapers aren't provided to read with your breakfast. The wine at the 'cellardoor' / retail outlet is OK and a sip of something after breakfast is certainly better than a sip of nothing ... Despite the lack of newspapers Merricks General Store is a good spot for breakfast, offering tasty substance and good coffee, which goes down even better with a group of hung-over mates.
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