Cafe Catalpa

The only business in Tarrington – there’s a church and a school – this former general store has been transformed into a lively cafe just 8 kilometres out of Hamilton. It is named after a 40-year-old catalpa Indian bean tree that stands nearby. Hunting pictures and memorabilia adorn the walls, reflecting the preponderance of game on the menu. Entrées might feature quail, smoked eel from Wangoom or local yabbies. Locals love the duck and shiitake mushroom pies, rabbit with Dijon mustard and slow-cooked hare with star anise. Even the beer-battered fish and chips, and old-fashioned hamburgers have regulars raving. On Sundays, diners often arrive in vintage and veteran cars and classic motorbikes. There’s a good list of regional wines.

Contact information

7921 Hamilton Hwy, Tarrington; (03) 5572 1888; open Wed–Sat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sun for breakfast and lunch

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