Anyone driving from Melbourne to Great Western or the Grampians will want to break the journey for a coffee or a bite to eat; and I can heartily recommend cute and quirky Sparrows in the hamlet of Beaufort.
Owned by former Melbourne food and wine operative Cameron Russell, Sparrows serves good food, coffee and has a selection of local Pyrenees and Western Victorian wine by the glass.
The vibe in this former garage space is shabby chic and food is hale and hearty; pumpkin soup, toasted sandwiches or maybe a tasty beef empanada with a simple salad.
The welcome is warm - and the wines are good.
Sparrows Cafe, 29 Neil St (Western Highway), Beaufort, Victoria. www.sparrowscafe.com.au