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2017, there we go!

Well, I’d be pulling everyones leg if I tried to suggest it was an ‘ordinary’ year. It has been huge. Moving a restaurant from Woodend to Kyneton has been a wild and curvaceous ride. That said, I think we have now arrived. Of course there is still much to do, (and if I ever reach a point where I thought there wasn’t, it would be time to re-think the plan).

Our staff deserve an enormous thank you. They have shown their trust and support every step of the way. Our family, ditto. The dining room just would not have been ready without their work.

We are about to hand on the Woodend site. We wish the new proprietors nothing but the best. We spent much of the past eight years on deck and we hope the tradition continues. (It was always a clever initiative to place a restaurant space at the back there.) Onward and upward to all.

There are lovely plans and priorities afoot for 2018.

A panel style salon series –  ‘DUOS’ – is in the works.

Further detailing and managing the acoustics in the dining room.

Re-furnishing. That’s right. Fresh tables and chairs for a comfortable High Street hideaway.

Peace on Earth. Goodwill to All.



2017 Here we come!

My what a lovely year. Colenso has just turned 7. This year we won the Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards for ‘Food and Beverage’. We also won Runner Up –  ‘Business of the Year’. I know the restaurant continues to grow and all of us at Colenso really work on making continued improvements on a number of levels.

– We have made a point of buying more of our produce within Woodend this year.

– We have also added specialised and beautiful wine service fixtures.

– Our staff coffee training and maintenance of standards goes from strength to strength.

By the end of 2017 Colenso will re-locate. So yes, we are currently involved with transitioning the business. We will keep you posted. Our wonderful staff are kept up to date with our plans, but they won’t share them with you. They are kept wonderfully busy doing all the things that keep you well looked after while you are a customer at Colenso.

Our landlords decided to not re-new our lease nor to offer lease terms to another operator if we had wished to sell our business. That is their right and their decision. We have known of this for years.

Please trust that we have no plans for a business closure. We wish to re-locate and feel confidant that Woodend is the home of Colenso. Please be positive. And to be super supportive just come along as often as you like and share Colenso with as many people as you can.

Oh and don’t forget we are open New Years Eve. Our last in the current location.

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2015 – To slip in to all things ‘fall’ seems appropriate. DMPHarvest is in full swing and we must make an effort to be involved next year. I am loving getting along to market every week at the moment. It has been an incredible growing season. Right through the summer and even now fruit trees, locally, have had huge success. We just picked our juicy, purple figs last week. My little car is full of the sweet aroma of plump, furry, fine examples of customer-gifted quinces too. I only dare to bring so many into the kitchen at once. That way we bottle a-little-a-lot and it remains a joy, rather than a huge unwieldy chore.

Changes are underway at Colenso. (Nothing new there). After 5 years we have quietly closed our night services. It just feels right for now. We’ll miss those evenings too. We will keep our focus on being the comfortable, warm and quality spot for all our guests from near and far, whether it be the big catch up lunch with friends or the quiet nibble over a magazine and brekky or a sip of coffee just how you like it. Don’t take it bad. We still have much to offer.

Dietary trends and needs continue to be a serious consideration when putting together menus. We really do put in much effort when navigating the array of concerns customers have with their food choices. A list of dietary needs in the past month is as follows – vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, sugar free, dairy free, paleolithic, FODMAP & ‘nightshade’ free (Of which we made a major error and oversight, with sincere apologies but still we regret, a disappointed customer.) We always welcome including a dietary consideration with your reservation such that we can prepare in advance. It can be tricky for chefs to switch focus once in the middle of a busy service. That said we will always do our best.

If you haven’t checked out the DMPHarvest schedule now is the time. Don’t miss out on some of the great events. It must be Woodend Farmers Market this Saturday. Don’t just chat with the locals, buy food too!

Three cheers for the most beautiful time of year to live in the Macedon Ranges!

September at Colenso

We become quite reflective at this time of year, and at the same time we are busy projecting and planning for ‘the holiday season’ and beyond. I don’t know whether it is due to the year slipping by or the need to be particularly organised as no matter how many times we say the end of the year gets too crammed – it seems out of our hands. So, my aim is for a peaceful year end and planning for that starts now!

Colenso has some lovely projects underway. Patience is a must as some of the people we work with kindly squish our kooky projects in between their ‘big’ jobs.

Glenn up at ‘Artisans at the Mill’ made us beautiful wooden serving boards for our Holgate Beer Dinner. (Which was a great night, made even better by having the maker in the dining room. I was really able to imagine Natasha and Paul and their young family taking on a venture such us the beautiful old pub next door. All credit to them. Great beer, right next door… Good fortune indeed.) Steve up at SRC Upholstery is working on some classic Parker chairs for me. (A gift from Wendy!) I spoke to Shane today down at Macedon Ranges signs. I think we need to re-present our front signage such that there is no confusion as to which business is Colenso.

In August I found the most beautiful rug on Chapel Street, Windsor. It really belongs on a polished concrete floor with a Milan day bed and pristine surrounds… so instead I have hung it on the wall at Colenso. Our design brief has always been about free wheeling with textures. No one sits by it with out touching it. And the corner where the rug resides has even been given a cheeky name. Go figure? Feel free to fondle when you are next in. The rug has been the catalyst for the new Parker chairs and when I find THE lamp – I’ll add that too.

October menus went on the website today. A seasonal presentation of lamb dishes. We are enjoying offering matched wines with each course during September. This has been really well received and I think Hal has been  adventurous in his choices.

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