Not sure where to eat in Daylesford? One-half of the duo behind the new Daylesford edition of the Produce to Platter books ($34.99, Smudge Publishing), Jonette George has a few firm favourites from the region…

1. The Convent Gallery

“This mansion was first built as a private pad for the gold commissioner during the 1860s Gold Rush, then transformed into a convent before becoming a gallery – it’s absolutely beautiful. Come for the art, stay for a café-style lunch or some afternoon tea.” 7 Daly St, Daylesford

2. Sault Restaurant

“One of Daylesford’s best restaurants, Sault is set on a spectacular 125 acre estate against the backdrop of the Wombat State Forest with beautiful views overlooking our own lake and fields of lavender. Indulge your culinary senses with sumptuous cuisine, lovingly prepared by Sault’s team of Chefs. Only a 70 minute drive from Melbourne, Sault provides the perfect setting for lunch, dinner or that special occasion.” 2349 Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Sailors Falls

3. Cliffy’s Emporium

“An institution – a provedore with all sorts of local produce. It’s housed in an old Australian building with a big old verandah, and it really honours the old-style Australian café. The food is fantastic.” 30 Raglan St, Daylesford

4. Mercato @ Daylesford

“A spot for romantics. It’s all starched tablecloths and silver service here, again in a big old Australian building. They’re very particular about the food – Richard the chef does some really special meals, and there’s a beautiful drinks menu with lots of local wines.” 32 Raglan St, Daylesford

5. Lake House

“You just cannot go to Daylesford without dropping in here – it’s hardly a best-kept secret, but absolutely worthy of its reputation. Have a champagne breakfast, some lunch or dinner, or even stay the night – it’s right on the lake and beautiful.” 4 King St, Daylesford

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