Geelong's historic Customs House has got a new lease on life
thanks to a stunning new restaurant and bar development that has
returned the imposing bluestone building to its former glory.
Located on the vibrant Geelong waterfront, Customs House
Restaurant & Wine Bar boasts a main dining room, the 1856
lounge bar, an alfresco courtyard and two private rooms, each
seating up to 12 people.
Co-owners Daniel Muhor and Natalie Spadnardi spent months
refurbishing the iconic 1850s building, which had stood vacant for
more than 15 years.
Inspired by the building's Victorian-era heritage, they have
installed vintage redgum floors, pressed metal ceilings, ornate
fireplaces and plush fabrics such as red velvet, brocade and gold
Executive chef Michael Giarrusso, and his executive sous-chef
brother Damian, both worked with celebrity chef Gary Mehigan to
relaunch his Fenix restaurant in 2010, and now bring their Italian
heritage and French training to bear on the Customs House menu.
The food is modern Australian with a strong focus on local
produce, including Otway pork, Tarwin Prime beef, Meredith cheeses,
Drysdale olives and oils, Brown Magpie wines and Prickly Moses
Customs House is perfect at all times of the day - relax in a
leather Chesterfield whilst sipping cocktails in the lounge, graze
on tasting plates in the courtyard, or enjoy a three-course meal in
the dining room, where the open kitchen adds a touch of drama.
Every third Sunday of the month, Customs House offers High Tea,
with a range of delicate finger sandwiches and miniature cakes
presented on elegant tiered trays. The next High Tea is on July 15;
bookings are essential.
More information: www.customshouse.biz