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
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
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,
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
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 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!
Foreshore Bar & Restaurant (in Rhyll)
15 minutes drive from Glen Isla.
Overlooking the water, and outdoor veranda for warmer months.
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!)
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.
Japanese (in Cowes)
This is authentic Japanese food.
Japanese chef, and great selection. 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 special breakfast
service for resident guests**
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
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)