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Friday, 12 November 2021

Bright future for talented kitchen team


The team behind Astra Lodge at Falls Creek has moved down the mountain to the buzzing valley destination of Bright, opening Elm Dining + The Yard in the same premises that once housed the legendary hatted restaurant Simone's of Bright. 

The multi award-winning Traverse Alpine Group (TAG), took ownership of Elm Dining + Yard Bright in September and opened officially today. 

The guiding hand at TAG belongs to Albury-born Rosy Seaton, the woman behind the award-winning Astra Lodge and the Boat Shed at Lake Hume. 

She aims to offer a "chic dining experience" that also reflects her passion for the region. 

Elm has history on its side with its location in the Victorian cottage at 98 Gavan St, Bright. 

The property has housed eateries including Barnaby’s Restaurant, Clovelly Cottage, Rebekka’s at Bright, and Simone's. 


The Elm Dining formula is simple: a menu that reflects the best of fresh local produce, beers and wines - along with "old-fashioned hospitality".

Kauri Watkin is the head chef and has cooked in Noosa, Japan and at Astra Falls Creek. 

“For decades, 98 Gavin Street has been synonymous with Bright’s food and wine culture," says Seaton. "The team at Elm and I are excited to continue the tradition of exceptional food, wine and service.” 

Think dishes like Murray River cod edamame, seaweed, taro and dashi, or duck breast with buckwheat, trumpet mushrooms and nori with a two-course menu for $75 and a three-course menu for $95. 

The Yard features Australian botanical cocktails and a range of South American-style share plates and quick bites

For details see https://elmdining.com.au/


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