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Wednesday 3 January 2024

Geelong on the move with new eateries and pubs


There is a lot of excitement in Geelong, where the city has recently welcomed several new restaurants, pubs and hotels.

Already regarded as one of Victoria's top food and wine destinations, Geelong is very much on the move, the folk from Visit Geelong and Bellarine say.

Celebrity chefs Adrian Richardson and Michael Demagistris are among those to have started new ventures by Corio Bay.

Two Noble (above) is a new fine dining destination fusing south-east Asian and modern Australian flavours.

It is located on the top floor of a 173-year-old Geelong pub - the Sawyers Arms Tavern - recently purchased by publican Paul Upham, who previously incorporated Movida and Coda into The Lorne Hotel before selling in 2021. See

Outside of town, Tarra Restaurant has opened at Queensclliff inside the ferry terminal. Tarra is a contemporary coastal dining experience with bay views and acclaimed chef Michael Demagistris at the helm. See

Maestro is operated by celebrity chef Adrian Richardson, host of Channel Ten series Good Chef Bad Chef. He also has La Luna Bistro and Bouvier Bar and Grill in his suite of restaurants. At Maestro he's working alongside executive chef Migo Razon.

The Novotel has also opened a new restaurant at its Geelong waterfront location: Tempo Kitchen & Bar offers seafood and grill dishes with globally travelled chef Erwin Joven (ex the Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide) in charge of the kitchen.

Barwon Edge Restaurant offers Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant on the edge of the Barwon River operated by the owners of Geelong dining institutions Alma and Felix.

Eureka Hotel, meanwhile, is a classic pub that has bee refurbed and is one of Geelong's most popular venues for live music and big acts.

Honouring heritage is a bit of a trend with another pub in Geelong West having restored and returned to its original name: The Queen of the West.

Mt Pleasant Road Brewers, meanwhile, has a new taproom in Belmont with 10 taps pouring locally brewed beer.

Two new hotels have opened in the heart of Geelong within walking distance of main attractions such as the waterfront and the Little Malop Street cultural and dining precinct: Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong and Quest Central Geelong.

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