Given that Kyneton is like north Armadale, with many shops selling cushions and such, it is not surprising to also find fine food available for lunch even if you are not a lady who lunches. At Annie Smithers Bistrot in Kyneton you can have a very enjoyable lunch indeed, and I had lunch there a couple of weeks ago.
Lunch is basically a prix fixe menu as all the entrees are the same price, as are the mains. We ate, from the top down: entrees of stuffed zucchini flower with cheese custard and garden greens, and chicken terrine with pickled watermelon rind; mains of Parisienne gnocchi, and confit duck leg with brined and smoked breast, cherry jus and fat hen, and salad from the restaurant garden.
Hold the peas enjoyed dinner there last year (after the current chef and management took over from the founder) and I can’t fault the food or the service. The wine list and the coffee are good. The dining room is calm and airy and the overall experience is very pleasant. If you’re passing through it’s a fine place to stop for refreshment.
My only complaint comes in relation to the presentation of the menu. A terrine is by nature pressed, so calling it a ‘pressed terrine’ is redundant. Trying to be pretentious usually results in failure, so it’s best to keep it simple. I can forgive them only because I have never had cheese custard before and it was delicious.