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Warm hearted and detailed.

We serve lunch from noon, Wednesday to Friday and dinner from 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Colenso is casually styled with quality food, made in the Macedon Ranges.

Chef/Owner, Kathryn Russack’s menu is a hub of regional suppliers and small scale producers who add a sense of season and depth of place to the offering. Our food is low fuss and high care with beautiful pastas, seasonal meats, seafood and vegetables that nourish and satisfy.
Desserts delight, too.

To make a booking please call us in the dining room on 5427 2007.




Gatherings, get togethers, parties, celebrations.

Whatever you call them – we do them!

We have a set of versatile and delicious menus for your end of year and Christmas occasions.

email the restaurant on hello@colenso.com.au to start planning



To welcome 2020 Colenso will be hosting a relaxed three course dinner and then some.

We can be the party or a stop over.



brioche prawn slider with lemon mayonnaise, coriander and chilli


rack of lamb and ratatouille with sauce rouille and anchovy pangrattato


toasted almond pannacotta and poached nectarines


(supplemental courses also available on the night)




We currently have availability

for your special gatherings, dinners and celebrations. 

Whether you are thinking of canapés and drinks, a long lunch,

or an intimate evening – Colenso has you covered. 

All our menus can be customised to suit your needs.


‘I can’t thank you enough for the absolutely wonderful feast you prepared for Mum’s birthday.
It was stunningly tasty and a total hit with everyone.
Each dish was delicious and interesting too. Everyone commented on the fabulous meal.
The entire party was a huge success due largely to the great food.’


For further details call or email the restaurant. 

our menu

(menus change regularly and the listed ones are samples only)


to nibble

barfold olives

good bread, our ricotta and salami

leek fritters, creme fraiche, salmon pearls and lemon

to eat

eye fillet of beef, mashed potato,
cherry tomato compote, herb butter  

‘mcivor farm’ pork scotch, tangy slaw, apple mustard

our pan fried potato gnocchi, spinach, feta, lemon and pine nuts

our ‘hand to ground’ egg rich fettuccine with
blue swimmer crab, chilli, garlic, herbs and white wine

on the side

nonna-style greens with garlic

crisp potatoes with rosemary salt

to finish

brandied prunes with vanilla ice cream

date pudding, burnt caramel and vanilla ice cream

delicious cheese (just ask) with fruit and crackers


to drink

Colenso continues with a handmade offering for our wine list.

We choose small production, minimal intervention wines, most often with examples

that are drinking well now, from makers we know.

We are committed to our local wine producers while maintaining delicious wines of pleasure

and interest also come from places further afield.

If it is on the list, we are excited by it.

We work with mostly small volume producers, so our list evolves with availability,

seasonality and for range and variety of offer.

If there is a particular wine you love and can’t bear to be without, please let us know.

current hours

tuesday – saturday 

We are open for lunch Wednesday to Friday from noon

and begin our dinner menu at 6pm, serving Tuesday to Saturday.

We offer our a la carte menu with delicious specials and from time to time a set menu to celebrate an important occasion.

Stop by for whatever takes your fancy.


We are open Saturday evenings at 6pm for Spring 2019 with a market driven a la carte menu.

Please make a reservation as this helps us with our direct grower orders, our own garden harvest,

staffing matters and allows us to offer maximum value with zero waste.


Our address is 35 High St, Kyneton VIC 3444.

We have always described our food as ‘handmade and modern’.

So it feels natural to be in Kyneton, the home and gathering point for all manner of artisans,

tradespeople and retailers who show that ‘make and do’… is very ‘now’. 


To make a booking please call us in the dining room on 5427 2007.

We are a tiny team in a small restaurant, who keep things simple and we do appreciate reservations made by telephone.

You will usually find us in the kitchen, garden or dining room preparing for service and cannot always get to our screens.

If your call is out of hours we will get back to you as soon as we return to the restaurant.

Booking a table is recommended and finds us well prepared for your visit.

When wishing to make more detailed enquiries about your get togethers they can be addressed to –




Colenso can recommend local drivers and transport to have you safely

from your place to ours and back again.

Kyneton Taxi Service – 54226900

Ky-uber – Ric – 0458 826 393

from Trentham  – Mez – 0431 482 003



Please let us know of your dietary needs with 48 hours notice prior to your reservation.

Our kitchen closes around 8pm. But, this is not set in stone so if we are still cooking we are often happy to keep doing so.

Colenso appreciates that bills will be paid as one.

A deposit is required for bookings of 6 guests and more.

Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund of deposit.

On public holidays we introduce a 10% surcharge.

With notice, we can make a cake for your special gathering.

BYO? No.

Colenso is pleased to have been awarded a  ‘1’ Glass Rating in the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2019 by Gourmet Traveller

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