The Governors Cafe Castlemaine Central Victoria

Upmarket breakfast and lunch, plus dinner on Fridays, in a relaxed space with rustic wooden tables at the Old Castlemaine Gaol

Judges’ Comments 2017

Castlemaine Café with memorable differences

A café in a gaol! What could be more unusual than that?  Parking is easy at The Governors Café and the surroundings add interest, including an alfresco area with funky seating, artworks including a great wire horse sculpture, and great views over Castlemaine. There are a number of separate little rooms for diners each with a fireplace. It’s easy to imagine a group of up to eight friends taking over one for a fun luncheon. The barista who greeted us was friendly and enthusiastic. She described how everything was homemade and suggested we share the soup because it was a large serving and intended to be eaten as a main.  All the foods looked great.  Stand-outs included the potato, turmeric and lentil soup (robust in flavour and presented in colourful bowls and garnished nicely). The terrific drinks list was small but mostly local.  Our waiter was able to point us to something special and I was impressed by its provenance. Malmsbury-based Moto Beans Coffee Roasters supplied the beans and the barista produced well made coffee for us to enjoy. Well worth a visit and there’s great potential here.

Special Strengths

Striking venue set in Castlemaine’s old gaol.  Alfresco areas with great views. Open fireplaces. Good light meals, cakes and pastries. Licensed, Excellent coffee. Modest prices.

2017 Awards

  • FINALIST – Best Licensed Cafe – Sponsored by The Gordon
Bowden Street 36-48
Castlemaine 3450 VIC AU
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Licensed Cafe Contemporary Cuisine Gluten Free available Mondays 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays closed Thursdays from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00 am to 11.00 pm (including dinner) Sundays from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Cards accepted : Visa and Mastercard $ Off street parking