If you’ve been to Freckleduck in Geelong’s CBD, then you’ll feel right at home at Belmont’s newest café, Woodhouse. It’s run by the same couple, Brad and Zoe, who were driven by their shared love for coffee, and the café culture. Brad actually did a stint at Richmond’s Touchwood, and developed a liking for Five Senses coffee. Now onto his second café, he’s plumbed in a brand new Synesso MVP, and pumps out rotating single origin beans from Five Senses, as well as their Crompton Road blend, which is composed of Brazilian Alice estate, Brazilian Santo Antonio, and Indian Veer Attikan beans. It makes for a rich cup, with great depth, and bakers chocolate tones.
Speaking of richness and depth, the fit out is rich in timber features, especially deep reddish-brown, and large enough to seat 85 diners. It’s named Woodhouse not only because of the abundance of timber elements, but is also a reflection of the hardware store that previously occupied this large open space.
The kitchen dishes up a selection of all day options designed by head chef Nathan Mitchell, and infused with flavoursome ingredients. There’s the Baked Hotcakes with apple, strawberry, and vanilla mascarpone; hot salami and aged cheddar toasties with bacon and onion jam; Smoked cheddar and macaroni croquettes; House made smoked ham hock & pistachio terrine; and 12 hour braised lamb shoulder with pearl cous cous, and roasted garlic yoghurt. They also have breakfast for the tiny peeps, such as cocoa pops, soft boiled eggs with toast soldiers; and ham and cheese toasties.
I enjoyed the single origin of the day as an espresso, which was the Colombian Popayan Cincuenta. This washed lot was like a tropical fruit bowl, with notes of papaya and melons.
Just over a month old, the Woodhouse is warming up to be as popular as its sister café in Malop Street, Geelong. Open daily from 7am to 3:30am, and7:30am to 4pm on weekends.
170a High Street
Belmont VIC 3216