30 Raglan Street
Daylesford VIC 3460
+61 3 5348 3279
After beers and pies, it was off to Daylesford. We didn’t stay for too long but we did manage to make a fun day out of cideries, random trinket stores, Welcome Back, Kotter board games and lots and lots of bookstores. We also managed to squeeze in some afternoon delights at Cliffy’s Emporium, a one-of-a-kid destination that anyone visiting in Daylesford MUST visit.
Cliffy’s is nothing like anything you’d find in Melbourne. It’s a quaint little place that’s part-café and part-store, excluding that old world charm that you can only find in a regional town. Stepping in was like walking back to last century – hell I felt like I could be in a Mem Fox storybook if it weren’t for the iPhone-toting patrons and the earth-shattering hums of the V8s outside.
Cliffy stocks local and seasonal produce, with a heavy emphasis on all things organic. Here, you can buy anything from Mt Zero olives to Istra smallgoods to fresh pasta. You can imagine how excited I got – I wanted to buy everything, dammit! Thankfully, sensibility prevailed and I left my credit card in my wallet and left without buying anything to take back to Melbourne.
We did enjoy a few sweets at the table by the window, though. The dishes served at Cliffy’s are made using the fresh produce sold at the store. I wouldn’t have minded a serving of bruschetta and splitting a charcuterie plate but we were still buggered from the pub grub we enjoyed at Woodend so we could only squeeze in drinks (of the non-alcoholic kind) and desserts.
While most of the table enjoyed several manners of hot beverages, Dave and I broke into several bottles of Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral springs organic LLB (seriously man, that stuff is awesome!). We also nibbled on some egg custard tarts while Aaron and Cathy shared a flourless chocolate cake. Because both treats had been sitting at the counter all day, they obviously weren’t the best that they could be. I would have preferred my tart warm, for example, and the cake was getting a bit hard. That said, they both tasted delicious and I particularly liked my tart’s smooth and thick custard filling.
Cliffy’s is a place that I could stay in for hours if I we didn’t have more cideries to visit. I like its friendly service and its overall charm. Next time, I think I will tuck into some lunch and take home two bags of goodies. Mmmm.