The Gatehouse Ballarat

Maltese inspired foods

Golden Plate Awards won in 2021 

FINALIST Best Value for Money Award

Street Address: 1201 Lydiard Street, Ballarat

  • Category: Unlicensed Cafe
  • Cuisine: Maltese inspired foods
  • Specialising in gluten Free and vegetarian foods
  • Head Chef: Annmarie Sloane Code
  • Website:
  • Instagram: thegatehouseballarat
  • Serving hours:
    • Mondays to Fridays: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm
    • Saturdays and Sundays: 9.00 am to 3.30 pm
  • Cards Accepted: Visa and Mastercard
  • $-$$
  • Street parking and public parking nearby
  • Covid-safe Measures in place

What the Judges’ said in 2021

What a delightful venue.  It screams “Personality”!  A harmonious blend of flower/gift store, artisan gallery and meeting spot in a gorgeous Gothic building sitting sentinel over the Lydiard St entrance to Ballarat’s New Cemetery (to our knowledge the only such cafe in Australia). Everything is sparkling clean, polished and loved. The décor reflects a quirky, playful mind and showcases wonderful pieces from local artists, jewellers and sculptors. Upstairs dining is serene and comforting, adorned by exciting local art works and soft furnishings with Día de Los Muertos motif. Gatehouse cafe is about quiet reflection, a warm welcome, and a catch up with friends over a good coffee and cakes.  The service was friendly, charming and almost if we were visiting family. The menu is simple and focuses on staples such as delicious sandwiches, sweets, biscuits and a small savoury selection of Mediterranean style dishes (the owner and chef is Maltese). Dishes arrived promptly and were attractively presented. The coffee was smooth, creamy and quite delicious. The Gatehouse Café delivers outstanding value for money and a unique experience.

Special Strengths in 2021

Unique building. Simple but good Maltese inspired menu. Toasted cheese and tapenade sandwich. Maltese sausage stew.  Delicious coffee and cakes. Friendly and charming service. Monthly musical performances. Displays of local artwork and jewellery. Gift shop. 

Mondays to Fridays: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Saturdays and Sundays: 9.00 am to 3.30 pm