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A foodie’s guide to Margaret River

written by Intrepid Travel November 6, 2021
A grazing brunch plate

From surf to cellar door and bush to brewery, Margaret River is one of Australia’s ultimate destinations for adventure-loving foodies. 

With white sandy beaches, sparkling ocean, natural sea spas and pristine forests, it’s fair to say Margaret River (or ‘Margs’ as nicknamed by locals) is jam-packed with natural beauty. But that’s not the only thing to love. Margaret River is home to some of Australia’s best winemakers, distillers, restaurants, brewers and food artisans. Fertile soils and a Mediterranean climate are a match made in heaven for growing grapes and seasonal produce.

So, when you’re done hitting up the beaches or exploring the rugged coastal paths, take your pick of restaurants or cellar doors to relax and unwind. How about tasting your way through the Margaret River Chocolate Company? Don’t mind if we do. A delicious three-course dinner overlooking the vineyards? Why not. Or a gin blending glass and tapas at Margs’ very on ‘Ginversity’? Oh, go on then. Here are some of our favourite foodie experiences to enjoy in Margaret River. 

1. Beerfarm

Cans and pints of Beerfarm beers on a table

Good food and refreshing beers in a stunning farm setting – what’s not to love? Beerfarm is all about making great beer and having a good ol’ time. They’re also big on sustainability, which somehow makes the beer taste even better. There’s a solid selection of craft lagers, ciders, ales and stouts to quench your thirst, as well as a tasty menu of big plates, light meals and savoury snacks. Pull up a chair in the open-air shed or lawn and tuck into spiced tamarind falafels, smoked Korean wings, fish tacos or chilli crab linguine. Craft beer connoisseurs might be interested in the brewery tour to see where the magic happens and learn (some of) the secrets behind Beerfarm’s tasty brews.

2. Three Lily’s Distillery & Winery 

Four bottles of Three Lily's Gin on the grass

If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat. Literally. As well as candy-inspired Mootown (sweet) wines, liqueurs and gins, you’ll also find a sweet shop featuring old-school candy favourites. All beverages are lovingly made with locally sourced ingredients including Moscato, lemon gin, ginger gin and mango gin. GinaColada (pina colada gin) always goes down swimmingly. We recommend going for the tasting boards to sample a bit of everything. Psst, the liqueurs make an awesome digestif with a cheeseboard. Three Lily’s might not be as big as other distilleries in the area, but we think it’s a hidden gem.

3. Margaret River Distilling Co. 

Bottles of 'Ginversity Gin' from Margaret River Distilling Co.

Nestled among native peppermint trees and just a stone’s throw from the beach, Margaret River Distilling Co. is a prime spot to enjoy a tipple in the sun. Sip on a refreshing cocktail or sample different flavours with a craft spirit tasting paddle and accompanying garnishes. For the gin enthusiasts, you might be interested in the ‘Ginversity Experience’ where you’ll learn the ins and outs of gin-making and make your very own gin blend. They also serve pizzas and small plates in case you get peckish including whiskey BBQ chicken wings, baked garlic sourdough, pulled lamb on thyme chats and goats cheese salad.

4. Black Brewing Co.

People sitting on the outdoor deck at Black Brewing Co.

The crew at Black Brewing Co. aren’t afraid to break the craft beer status quo. Think marshmallow milk stout, red rye IPA, coconut porter and other interesting flavours to surprise your palette. You can also enjoy their core range of ales, lagers and ciders, as well as a selection of gins from Black Brewing Co’s sister brand, Dune Distilling. Grab a table on the outdoor deck beside the lake, get yourself a pint or a tasting paddle or treat yourself to some lunch. Think hearty dishes such as cured scallop ceviche, lamb shoulder tacos, harissa cauliflower couscous, or mushroom and parmesan croquettes.

5. Bootleg Brewery

A beer, burger and hot chips from Bootleg Brewery

If you ever find yourself getting fed up with Margaret River’s wines (said no one ever) get yourself over to Bootleg. Bootleg Brewery prides itself as being ‘An oasis of beer in a desert of wine’, and we agree. What started out as a one-beer-brewery is now one of Margaret River’s top spots for beer lovers. They produce award-winning ales, lagers, ciders and seasonal brews that you can enjoy in the South West’s biggest beer garden. The panoramic views of the lake and surrounding estate go down a treat with a cold one and a juicy burger, steak sandwich or parmi.

6. Margaret River Farmers’ Market

A person buying fresh vegetables at a farmers' market

The Margaret River Farmers’ Market isn’t just a market, it’s a Saturday morning ritual here in Margs. Get your hands on local fruits, veggies, seafood and meat, as well as artisan bread, cheese, condiments and sweet treats. The produce here is as fresh as it gets, but it’s also a chance to grab a coffee, shop like a local or simply watch the world go by. The market is open from 7.30 – 11.30 am, but it’s best to get there early to avoid missing out on the goodies – first in best dressed!

7. Eagle Bay Olives 

Bowls of olives and tapenade at Eagle Bay Olives

Margaret River’s Mediterranean climate makes it a prime spot for growing olives. And Eagle Bay’s olives don’t disappoint. They grow both oil and table varieties including Frantoio, Leccino, Minerva, Pendolino Tuscan, green Manzanillo and Kalamata. Treat your tastebuds to sourdough drenched in olive oil, marinated table olives, tapenades and pesto. They also sell gourmet picnic platters and hampers filled with tasty olives, bread, crackers, cheese and chorizo to take with you on a walk or to the beach.

8. Margaret River Chocolate Company

A chocolatier crafting milk chocolates

The Margaret River Chocolate Company produces chocolate that Willy Wonka himself would be proud of. The delicious smell of cocoa hits your nostrils as soon as you walk in, and there’s an amazing range of chocolates to try and buy. Think chocolate-coated redgum honeycomb, walnut and ginger bars, cranberry and pistachio nougat, chilli chocolate and ruby chocolate. If you’re looking for something savoury afterwards, pop into the Chocolate Cafe next door for a tasty sandwich, burger or salad.

9. Margaret River Dairy Company

Blocks of cheddar from Margaret River Dairy Company on a chopping board

The only thing that can make Margaret River’s wines taste better is a plate of delicious cheese. Margaret River Dairy Company is heaven for cheese lovers with a range of crumbly vintage cheddar, distinct smoked cheddar, creamy brie, smooth camembert and more. They also sell relishes, jams, crackers, chutneys and other condiments to create your own grazing board at home. All products are made traditionally with milk from cows that roam in the surrounding pastures. 

10. Noongar bush food and medicine tour 

A plant used in Noongar bush medicine and recipes

The Wadandi Noongar people are the traditional owners of Margaret River. They have occupied this ancient land for over 50,000 years and their culture is as rich and diverse and the landscapes. Learn and experience Noongar culture on a guided bushwalk. You’ll forage for seasonal bush foods and learn how these plants are used in traditional recipes and medicines. You’ll use all five senses for this experience and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to taste different native foods such as saltbush, emu plum or other seasonal plants. 


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