A veritable cultural and culinary paradise in the foothills of Mount Macedon – just forty minutes by car from Melbourne – Baringo sets the bar high for food, drink and entertainment. Set in the former – and sensitively restored – Whistlestop Pub along Station Road in New Gisborne, a satellite of Gisborne township served by the Bendigo railway line’s Gisborne station (right next door), the only clue to the gastronomic chops on offer at Baringo is the shaded alfresco seating area out front. For us, the kitchens and counters are where the magic happens, with The Baringo Provedore offering cafe culture and the opportunity to stock up from the deli, a wine bar stocked with domestic and international vintages, a Southern European bistro and a Japanese izakaya-style eatery forming a cornucopia of casual and fine dining options.
Let’s start simply, with The Baringo Provedore. This cosy cafe and, yep, provedore (deli-style food and beverage supplier) is open from 7:30am seven days a week offering up proper coffee from award-winning Red Star and a seasonal menu of Australian cafe favourites created using local produce wherever possible. From Tuesday to Sunday, noon until 10pm, Baringo’s New Gisborne outpost transforms into a sophisticated wine bar, with a huge number of international and domestic wines by the glass and by the bottle available, including some from nearby Macedon Ranges and Barringo Valley vineyards. In cahoots, the in-house wine store stocks over 300 bottles for purchase. If this wasn’t enough to book a table and make the short trip from Melbourne, then what follows should win you over.
The first of two gastronomic highlights housed at Baringo Food & Wine is the bistro, open Tuesday to Sunday from noon until 10pm for lunch (plus a fixed price lunch menu), dinner and Sunday brunch. From Friday to Sunday chef Hal Riches takes the rein here to shift the focus onto supreme examples of Southern European cuisine. Next up is a surprise from the Far East that will delight fans of Asian cuisine from Melbourne and beyond. Make the trip up to New Gisborne for lunch or dinner from Tuesday to Thursday and enjoy Japanese izakaya dining and drinks courtesy of chef Eriko. Just to top it off, Baringo hosts a number of live music events, high tea sessions every second Sunday of the month, wine paired dinners, is home to a lavish banquet hall open for reservation if you have a private dining event in mind, and even a red-velvet theatre for hosting film nights, lectures or performances. Online bookings for Baringo Food & Wine are, needless to say, absolutely essential!
Always have a great experience at Baringo. We love it there. The food was lovely last night and the steak specials menu was a bonus!
Service was friendly and good with no pressure to finish. Food was enjoyable, there was a good selection of local and imported wine, and the atmosphere pleasant.
Outstanding service and amazing food, arguably the finest eat in Gisborne, great selection between modern European and the Japanese with a wine cellar that has some amazing options