A memorable breakfast...
Breakfast is a special meal at Glen
Isla, and its prepared in our restuarant grade commercial
Both Ian and his son Martin are
professional chefs, with a passion for food and
wine! They have both travelled overseas and
expereinced many different food cultures. On any day you might find either or both
of them in the kitchen at Glen Isla...
A focus of the fine food at Glen Isla
is fresh local produce and ingredients with regular visits to local
For breakfast: Selection of
juices, yoghurts, fruit compotes, cereals and fresh
fruits. Cooked-to-order al la carte selection, including
certified free-range eggs, our special smoked bacon sliced in
our kitchen, and accompanyments including field mushrooms,
tomatoes etc. Madeleine's home grown rhubarb compote as
well as her personal selection of special
jams and spreads is popular, and our freshly ground premium
mocha coffee in French plungers are all part of
breakfast. Herbal and traditional teas are also offered.
Certified free-range eggs are sourced from
a local farm. Freeranger
Traditional Free Range Eggs. Used exclusively in the
Glen Isla restaurant kitchen, including breakfast. From Grantville in West
Gippsland, traditional free range eggs fresh from the farm
have a unique flavour. At the Freeranger in
Grantville, West Gippsland, just an hour an a half from
Melbourne, hens range all day, enjoying fresh air and
sunshine as well as wind and rain! No chemicals, no additives,
no cages - just pure, natural eggs. (www.freeranger.com.au)
Fresh seasonal herbs are
taken from our own kitchen herb garden on the property.
We can accommodate most dietary needs,
including gluten free, lactose free, low fat, vegetarian etc - but please let us know in
advance so we can meet your expectations.
Breakfast is served at individual tables,
overlooking the heritage gardens. The guestbook has many comments on our
legendary breakfasts - read them for yourself here at Glen
Excellent local wines can be enjoyed on Phillip Island.
Visit The Purple Hen and
taste award-winning and locally grown varietals. Cellar
door open at weekends for tasting.
Phillip Island wines is
another long established vineyard offering locally grown varietals.
Extensive award winning history, and the entire vineyard is
netted for protection from birds and wind! Cellar door open for tastings and sales.
We can recommend excellent local
restaurants close to Glen Isla.
These restaurants often showcase local Phillip Island produce, including locally
reared beef and lamb from Island Primary
Island Wines, and the Purple Hen
We regualrly check-out the local
restaurants, and we have current menus here at Glen Isla for
guests to peruse. We can also make reservations
(recommended) for guests on arrival at Glen Isla. We
suggest guests make reservations direct with these restaurants
well in advance for weekends and public holidays to avoid
disappointment on arrival.
Restaurants we recommend are:
Japanese Tapas Bar (just 900 metres walk from Glen Isla
On the Esplanade (in Cowes)
Foreshore Bar & Restaurant (in Rhyll)
Fig and Olive (in Cowes)
We've recently added Pinos to our list
(Italian family style restuarant - they also make the best
Pizza's on the island!)
Trattoria (in Cowes)
To maintain complete privacy for our
resident houseguests, Glen Isla's dining room is not open to
the public and we do not operate a restaurant. The
primary focus at Glen Isla is our multi award-winning accommodations and our special breakfast
Glen Isla has offered the restaurant
kitchen & dining room facilities for charity fundraisers
over the years. Unfortunately with the re-introduction of penalty rates
(specifically weekends and public holidays) in the hospitality industry
by the government, it has become unviable for us to offer any
catering/meals other than our special breakfast service, so we
do not cater for weddings or
offer our Table D'Hote Dinner service these days...
Heritage Garden Tranquillity
The established heritage gardens at Glen
Isla include three magnificent 100+ year-old oak trees, original
in-ground water wells and five very grand old Norfolk pines, which
form the original driveway entrance to the historic heritage
The formal gardens are extensive, comprising some 2
acres, totally private from the street, secluded and available
for guests of Glen Isla to relax in and enjoy. The
'summer house' overlooking the pond is a popular sitting area
all year round.
An array of bird-life can be seen (including
regular visits by Kookaburras). Koala's have even been seen
on rare occasions! (the
last sighting of a wild Koala was December 2008 in the gardens
at Glen Isla)