“Motobean is just off the main street of Malmsbury, directly opposite the Botanic Gardens, with beautiful big picture windows and views.” – Kate Stevenson, 3AW
I’ve long claimed to hold the title of Regional Queen here at 3AW, when it comes to traipsing all over regional Victoria I think I’ve shown dedication to the cause.
But given that, there are still way too many holes for my liking – I’ve never been to Mildura, haven’t made it to Metung, and I’ve never meandered to the top of Mt Macedon.
Well, I ticked one of those off last weekend.
The invitation came in from Visit Victoria to start filling the gaps, and it started with a region I thought I’d pretty well traversed extensively.
Yet – in my inbox appeared an itinerary from Daylesford Macedon Tourism with towns I haven’t visited, and restaurants and cafes I’ve never enjoyed.
Maybe I don’t deserve the crown after all?
When you’re trying to pack a bit in to just over 24 hours, there’s no time for check ins and check outs, so the only way to do it was on wheels.
Enter the Apollo Motorhome Holidays Eurocamper.
Seriously. We chucked everything in the campervan (only time I’ve ever been behind the wheels of a Mercedes Benz) and hit the road.
It probably could have been misconstrued, when I called Laura Evans an over-achiever.
But seriously, she and partner Lachy are in their 20s, they’ve built a café and roasting facility from the ground up, they’ve added accommodation, they’re doing jazz nights, dinners from a custom built smoker, they’ve won medals in international coffee roasting awards.
I think it was only fair.
Motobean is just off the main street of Malmsbury, directly opposite the Botanic Gardens, with beautiful big picture windows and views.
As expected, the coffee is seriously good, but the food is impressive too.
Light, crispy sweet-corn fritter cakes were stacked and topped with poached, avocado, sour cream, house-made relish, rocket & feta with the obligatory side of bacon.
It takes three days of preparation and six hours of braising to get the smoked pork hock and baked beans on to your plate, but it’s worth it.
They come with two poached eggs and toasted stonge-ground Zeally Bay rye – gotta be the Motobean signature dish.
Grab some coffee before you go, and expect to see it in a café near you in Melbourne soon.
ARTICLE BY Kate Stevenson, 3AW