Nothing could top off a day of driving through the Victorian countryside like stopping at a local bakery, especially when you get to taste a world-class pie. No matter what your preferred filling is, there is nothing is better than sinking your teeth into a crumbly, succulent pie.
So, when you’re exploring regional Victoria and feel the urge to sink your teeth into a topnotch pie, check out these three bakeries.
Country Cob Bakery – Kyneton
Kyneton’s bakery has taken out the award for Best Pie from The Baking Association of Australia’s national Best Pie and Pastie Competition for its beef pie in 2017. But that’s not all you should try while you’re there – we recommend also sampling the satay seafood, caramelised pork and pepper, and shepherd’s pies. You can find the Country Cob Bakery in the heart of Kyneton, a town that’s only one hour north-west of Melbourne.
Beechworth Bakery – Beechworth
If you haven’t visited the regional town of Beechworth in Victoria’s far north-east, then you’re missing out on a unique day out in the countryside. When you get there and find yourself craving a mouth-watering pie, then look no further than Beechworth Bakery on Albert Road. The Beechworth Bakery is the home of the Ned Kelly pie – a scrumptious pie filled with tasty steak, egg, bacon and cheese.
Rolling Pin – Geelong Area
This award-winning bakery franchise has a number of stores in the Geelong area, and it’s the perfect stop when you’re driving along the south-west coast. Rolling Pin bakery is known for its delectable breakfast, Chinese garlic pepper chicken, and lamb and rosemary pies, all of which have won national awards. But vegetarians can rejoice as well because its vegetarian pastie has twice taken out the title of Australia’s Best Vegetarian Pastie! You can find Rolling Pin bakeries in Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and Leopold.
Pictured is Johnny Bakers Castlemaine. Image courtesy of Michelle Jarni.