AFTER more than two years of painting, primping and priming the Bannockburn Station is looking a treat and is open for business. The café was closed to the public as Fiona Kaiser put her individual stamp on the 154 year old bluestone building and the result has been worth the wait.
Barely open for three weeks the Bannockburn Station has proven popular with locals and travelers as word spreads.
Fiona and her husband Paul were inspired to take on the heritage listed building because it is simply ‘magnificent’. “It was just sitting here, waiting for someone to grab it and give it a good shake,” Fiona said.
“I really enjoyed the decorating of the place.”
Fiona has six children and all but the youngest work and help out in the café. Surrounded by a large garden and outdoor seating the Bannockburn Station is family friendly and has the room for children to roam about outdoors.
Fiona describes the food as ‘country, wholesome food’. “Every single thing is prepared here,” she said. “I do all the cakes and biscuits – we bake hot cinnamon buns and scones every day and we have a chef that prepares the meals.” The menu includes an allday breakfast, a small children’s menu and a light lunch menu from 12 noon to 3.30pm.
The venue is also fully licensed and can seat 60-80. There are also plans to introduce evening dining very shortly.
Fiona is keen to promote and use local producers, including local wines.
“We currently use products from Camilo Olives, Meredith Cheese, the local butcher, baker and green grocer and G.B Foods supply the deli things,” she said. “We have our own well supplied herb garden, which is just about to get bigger.” The Bannockburn Station is located at 1 Geelong Road, Bannockburn.
Opening hours 9am – 4pm Wednesday – Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.