Breakfast overlooking the
Our continental-style breakfast is prepared in our restuarant grade commercial
kitchen (available on selected days**)
Both Ian and his son Martin are
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. All food at
Glen Isla is inspired by Ian and Martin.
A focus of the fine food at the Glen Isla
breakfast table is fresh produce and ingredients - some grown
in the Glen Isla gardens.
Our continental-style breakfast: Fruit juices,
compote, cereals and fresh fruits preapred in our
kitchen. Selection of breads/toast cold-cuts, and baked
items which change daily.
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.
Tea/coffee are 'bottomless'.
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.
**Our continental-style breakfast is now 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 enjoyed at individual tables in
the elegant dining room,
overlooking the heritage gardens. The guestbook (&
TripAdvisor) has many comments over the years on our
We can recommend local cafes nearby,
should the Glen Isla dining room not be operating on a
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
** 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
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.
suggest guests make reservations direct with these restaurants
well in advance for weekends and public holidays and peak
summer holiday periods (January) to avoid
disappointment on arrival.
Establishments we recommend are:
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!
Trattoria (in Cowes)
authentic Italian family owned restuarant, open 7 days lunch
and dinner - (we think they also make the best
Pizza's on the island!)
Japanese (in Cowes)
This is authentic Japanese food.
Japanese chef, and great selection. Great for a pre-penguins
snack (usually opne until around 3pm MON-SAT. Youki's
is not open in the evening unfortunately - Lunch only!
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
service for resident guests which we ow offer on selected days
Glen Isla has offered the restaurant
kitchen & dining room facilities for charity fundraisers
over the years.
Unfortunately with penalty rates
(specifically weekends and public holidays for casual staff) in the hospitality industry, it has become unviable for us to offer any
catering/meals other than our continental-style breakfast service on
do not cater for weddings here at Glen Isla...
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)