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A memorable breakfast...

Breakfast is a special meal at Glen Isla, and its prepared in our restuarant grade commercial kitchen, available on selected days**  

Both Ian and his son Martin are experienced  professional chefs, with a passion for food and wine!   They have both travelled extensively overseas, worked in other countries and expereinced many different food cultures. On any day the kitchen is operating, you might find either or both of them in the kitchen at Glen Isla...

A focus of the fine food at the Glen Isla breakfast table is fresh local produce and ingredients with regular visits to local farmers markets. 

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 if you are joining us for breakfast, so we can meet your expectations.

** Chef's breakfast is offered on selected days. (Our kitchen & dining room does not operate every day)  Where you see a B&B tariff on our booking site, breakfast is included for your stay.  For 'Room Only' tariffs, breakfast is not included and may not be available on a specific day for 'Room Only' bookings.

On days the Glen Isla kitchen and dining room is operating, breakfast is served at individual tables, overlooking the heritage gardens.  The guestbook (& TripAdvisor) has many comments on our legendary breakfasts - read them for yourself here at Glen Isla or on TripAdvisor...

We can recommend local cafes nearby, should the Glen Isla dining room not be operating on a particular day.

Local Wines...

Excellent local wines can be enjoyed on Phillip Island.   Visit The Purple Hen and taste multi award-winning and locally grown varietals.  Cellar door open for tasting and offering cheees platters to accompany their wine tastings. 

(Usually closed TUE/WED in off season).  We've noticed that the Purple Hen Pinot Noir is actually on the wine list in the prestigous members' dining room of the Royal Auto Club in Melbourne - and you have to be doing something exceptional to get onto their wine list!

** Please note our kitchen & dining room does not operate every day.  We can recommend cafe's nearby for breakfast if our kitchen and dining room is not operating.  Check with us on which days the Glen Isla kitchen is not operating.


The restaurant grade kitchen at Glen Isla




We can recommend excellent local restaurants close to Glen Isla.  

These restaurants often showcase local Phillip Island seafood & produce, including locally reared beef and lamb from Island Primary Produce, and the Purple Hen Wines

We regualrly check-out the local restaurants, and we have current menus here at Glen Isla for some of these restaurants guests to peruse.  We can also make reservations (recommended) for guests on arrival at Glen Isla.  However, we suggest guests make reservations direct with these restaurants well in advance for weekends and public holidays to avoid disappointment on arrival.

Establishments we recommend are:

Harry's On the Esplanade (in Cowes)

Renowned for fresh, local seafood (including local crayfish in season), locally sourced beef steaks and best sea views from the balcony!

Pinos Trattoria (in Cowes) 

We've recently added Pinos to our list (an authentic Italian family owned restuarant - they also make the best Pizza's on the island!)

Tetsu Japanese Dining (900 metres from Glen Isla)

Recently opened, offering authentic Japanese Dining with an expereinced Japanese chef.  Some outdoor dining available.  Open 7 days for dinner currently and lunch THU-SUN also. 

Youki's Japanese (in Cowes) 

This is authentic Japanese food.  Japanese chef, and great selection. Youki's is not open in the evening unfortunately - Lunch only!

Cheeky Goose Cafe (in Cowes)

Causual cafe-style dining - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 6 days a week.  The chef/owner was previoulsy the Executive Chef at the renowned Portsea Hotel!  Great food and local wines.

To maintain complete privacy for our resident houseguests, Glen Isla's elegant dining room is not open to the public and we do not operate a restaurant or cafe.  The primary focus at Glen Isla is our multi award-winning accommodations and our special breakfast service for resident guests which we offer on selected days only**

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, it has become unviable for us to offer any catering/meals other than our special breakfast service on selected days.  We do not cater for weddings...

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 house. 

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)



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