“Fast car, autumnal countryside? There’s no time for sitting in restaurants over endless degustation menus. But that doesn’t mean you should go hungry on a spirited trip in the country, says John Lethlean.”

Photo credit: Chrisian Brunelli

Travelling in style, John Lethlean takes you on a journey through the region in search of fast food in a fast car: the Audi RS 7, visiting several of our wonderful members along the way – Larder, Cliffy’s Emporium, Koukla Daylesford, Moto Bean, Piper St Food Co, Istra Smallgoods, Le Peche Gourmand, RedBeard Historic Bakery, Swiss Mountain Hotel, Daylesford Hotel, The Farmers Arms Daylesford, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Passing Clouds, Captains Creek Organic Wines, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, Paramoor Winery, Wombat Hill Café, The Convent Gallery and The Trentham Collective.

A spirited tour of Daylesford’s most appetising attractions.

There’s a time and place for everything, right? And nobody loves sitting in restaurants dreaming the world away more than me. But, with one of the most exciting cars Audi has ever built sitting outside? I don’t think so. No, if you’re lucky enough to be touring the central Victorian region loosely known as Spa Country in something as coveted as Audi’s RS7 Sportback plus, the least amount of time wasted with a napkin on your lap, the better.

But you will need to eat, and caffeinate, and over the past 10 years, the region with Daylesford at its hub has blossomed into a particularly well-endowed foodie hub, covering far more than famed diners such as The Lake House and Kazuki’s (Daylesford), Du Fermier (Trentham), The Midnight Starling and Source Dining, both in Kyneton. Those places are for another, slower time.

So if you’re thinking about a drive in the country, we want to tell you about how to do really good food – fast.

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