Husband and wife duo Greg and Georgie Matheson opened ‘Neck of the Woods’ café down the road from the Geelong hospital, which is where Georgie gave birth to their first child. The name ‘Neck of the Woods’ was conceived after Greg asked a nurse whether there was a café in this “neck of the woods” on Myers Street. Unfortunately the area was café barren, so when this space became available, the name was as pertinent as the café itself.
It’s the second venue from the couple, who also own Geelong’s ‘Fuel Coffee + Food’. The two sites are poles apart when it comes to fit out. Fuel is commonly referred to as Greg’s garage, due to its industrial theme; whereas ‘Neck of the Woods’ has a fresh minimalistic feel that exemplifies Georgie’s kitchen.
‘Neck of the Woods’ exudes style, which you would expect from Georgie, who is an interior designer. Her attention to detail is exceptional. It’s classy without compromising comfort, and the clean open space has been consecrated by a large front window allowing an abundance of sunlight to flow through. With its Scandinavian flair, and striking Christopher Boot light feature in the form of Branch Chain Amino Acids, ‘Neck of the Woods’ stands out from the crowd.
The menu is as fresh as the fit out, with ‘all day breakfast options’ changing with the seasons.
Coffee is roasted by Campos, and both a house blend and single origin are available. Much like the building blocks of life represented in the Christopher Boot light above the La Marzocco Linea PB, the coffee is the cafes building blocks. Their house blend is the Campos Superior, which has a solid body perfect for milk based coffee. Rotating single origin beans are used for black coffee, and the current Kenyan tastes much like blackcurrants, with citrus acidity.
Find Neck of the Woods at 136 Meyers Street, Geelong.