date night in the east
Date nights are a rare but are a super special now that the family is growing and logistics are a little more complex. But it is just as important to have that time away from those little ones - even if date night is with your girl gang. Mamma has thrown together some of her recommendations of spots to try in the east - with some that the kids can tag along too!
Hot diggity dog! This could be the coolest digs to hit the east. Fonzie’s Diner is all about those classic 50s Americana vibes.
There is something special about having a family dinner or lunch at the local brewery while exploring with the family. Coldstream Brewery is in the perfect spot, right at the Maroondah Highway entrance to the Yarra Valley.
What is not to love about The Station House. This is your classic pizzeria with all the trimmings. From the black and white lino floors to the old school milkshakes, to the pizza box stack that reaches the ceilings to the amazing pizza menu, this family pizza restaurant is perfect.
That incredible lamb cooked over the flame, the fresh and crispy salads, the dips and breads and cheeses! Holy moly - Mamma’s mouth is watering just thinking of it. Luckily for us, Miss Pickle offers all of these things and MORE.
The Nooj Pub is famous. In a tiny town, mid way from Yarra Junction to Mt Baw Baw, this place is the heart of it all and been here for over 90 years. All weekend the kitchen churns out hearty aussie pub meals served with a huge chunk of country hospitality.
The Stamford Park Homestead used to be the ‘country home’ of the Row family back in the 1880s and now, after years of tender loving care, it is back to its best and open for all of us to enjoy.
The Yarra Valley has a very strong place in Mamma’s heart. The rolling hills, the beautiful views and the stunning vineyards. All of the above can be found here, at the magical Meletos.
You have to head down to Croydon Main Street and check out The Ten Saints for yourself. It is a cocktail bar and beer garden with a love of all things rum.
Stop everything and book the babysitter. You MUST get down to the latest cocktail bar to hit Ringwood.
Owners Michael and Kelly have transformed this incredible space into a brilliant family friendly restaurant and bar that is welcoming to everyone.
Mamma is often asked "Where can we go that is kinda special and can have kids come too?" Our latest answer - The Independent in Gembrook.
This Argentinian flavoured eatery is incredible.
Date night, coffee run, brunching or a night with the girls - abacus all day is ticking lots of boxes.
The views at the Estate are breathtaking!
Husband and wife super duo Emma and Ben Bangay have created a paradisal oasis in the heart of Kew
Date night is getting a little fancy with a new - and extremely delicious - bar and grill!
This is not your typical ice cream shop - this is a boutique.
Could this be the best spot for a burger in Lilydale ... quite possibly. And probably why they call this place The Bom!
This magnificent building is home to some of the best pub grub in the Valley and you can’t miss it on the main drag of Yarra Glen.
A stunning location, beautiful wine and amazing food, Zonzo Estate is a wonderful place for the entire family.
This fully operational micro brewery is tucked into the back streets of Croydon's town centre and is where you find all the cool kids after work for Friday night drinks.
The Pig and Whistle has been a family favourite for years and even now with a little one in tow - it still hits all the right spots!