93-95 Main Rd
(East Gippsland – 15 minute drive from Bairnsdale)
Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
The Long Paddock has applied for their liquor licence with the intention of serving Gippsland wines with visions on extending the hours of operation to a dinner service.
“Being a lover of brunch, cafes and Melbourne’s coffee culture; I have always struggled for good coffee when it comes to travelling. I don’t necessarily mean the jet-setting kind to a city destination – even Brisbane is home to good coffee – but the rural getaway. Rural getaways are blessed with all the right ingredients to recharge the mind, body and spirit without the large credit card debt and unwanted jet-lag. But a decent brunch experience can be few-and-far between with the local standard not necessarily hitting the mark. Yet, there are emerging country town cafes taking the Melbourne model with a clear focus on quality produce without alienating the local community. One such glowing example is The Long Paddock in Lindeonow.
Just a 15 minutes’ drive from Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, Lindenow is a relatively small town and home to the Mitchell River Flats. Lindenow has speculator country landscapes with sweeping lush greens the eyes can see. It also holds something special for owners and couple Anton and Tanya. Both come from a strong hospitality background within Melbourne’s foodie scene; but it was Tanya family ties to Lindenow that lead them to greener pastures. Opened on Mother’s Day of this year, The Long Paddock focus on offering a modern cafe with a focus on fresh, simple and locally sourced produce.
With fresh white walls and detailed plaster finishes, the decor employs a neutral feel and allows for the open kitchen – where we found Anton preparing his homemade pies – being the central focus. The cosy setting offers plenty of natural light to energise the space with welcoming warmth across the two dinning areas. Affixed to the space is an old, operational cast-iron oven that provides a welcoming touch of country lifestyle. In operation every Sunday, it offers locals and visitors a variety of Sunday roast specials along with the daily menu.
Selecting the Baked eggs, pepperonata, Persian feta, Turkish toast [$15] I really loved the classic presentation of the hard baked egg surface as it was littered with crumbed feta. The Italian pepperonata sauce had a lovely capsicum texture and natural went well with the eggs. Accompanied with a generous portion of Turkish toast, these baked eggs could easily be mistaken for Melbourne quality but with country produce.
JoJo went for the Beef cheek bourguignon pie, our relish, local salad [$12] – fresh off the baking tray. The savoury pastry was exceptionally soft, fluffy and naturally flaky; JoJo was really surprised by the quality of the pastry. With the beef cheeks melt-in-your-mouth delicious, this pie is the quintessential country pie to satisfy any rural appetite.
To finish off we couldn’t go past the house made Lemon Custard Tart [$8]. It had the feeling of a home made tart but demonstrated the qualities of great pastry skills.
The Long Paddock is a small cafe in a small town with big heart. It’s not a case of simply copying the Melbourne cafe model to a country location, but rather, taking their skills and adapting it to the country needs. For some, there is nothing more satisfying than a country pie; but by also offering a strong brunch menu and good coffee makes The Long Paddock a country brunch will all the right trimmings.
Final thought: “Country brunch that has all the trimmings of a Melbourne brunch experience”