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Warm hearted and detailed.

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.

We serve dinner from 6pm Tuesday to Saturday
and of course you can join us outside our regular hours for a special get together.
Colenso is always ready to plan your memorable event.

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




We asked. He said yes. And now it’s our absolute pleasure to invite
you to a dinner at Colenso with
Tom Sarafian from Bar Saracen.
About Tom’s food?
In the words of Pat Nourse… ‘just stupidly slap-the-table good.’
We whole-heartedly agree and we don’t want you to miss out.
This is exciting stuff, folks.
Grab a crew and come on over.

Menu listed below.


Spanish anchovy, green olive, guindillas, labneh, Turkish chilli and bullhorn pepper
Hummus bi Crustacea
Topped with Mooloolaba king prawns and Fraser Island spanner crab
Aish Baladi
Egyptian pita bread made with Tuerong Farm flours
Pickled turnips, heirloom radishes and cucumbers
Mashwe lahem
BBQ Wagyu beef, toum, zatar 
Koussa Mahshi
Lebanese zucchini filled with minced beef and rice, slowly cooked in tomato and saffron sauce 
BBQ Pine mushrooms, labneh, pine nut butter
Walnut baklava, yoghurt ice cream, preserved cherries
Semolina shortbread filled with goats cheese, fig and sesame jam


170 for two
(full payment upon booking)


We 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 and we are able to offer services outside of our regular hours, such as a weekend lunch.


‘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

(the menus listed are samples only and change regularly with season)


to nibble

barfold olives

taramasalata + crackers

local sausage, fresh ricotta, bread + oil

leek fritters, creme fraiche + salmon pearls

to eat

our pan fried potato gnocchi with spinach, pine nuts,
lemon + fresh cheese   

 our egg fettuccine with prawns, chilli, garlic + herbs

roast ‘mcivor farm’ pork scotch with a cabbage + apple salad

eye fillet of beef with herb butter
on cauliflower + potato purée with a summer vegetable ragu

on the side

nonna-style greens with garlic

roasted jap pumpkin

to finish

apricot crostata with sour cream ice cream

date pudding with 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.


tuesday – saturday 

Drinks and dinner from 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.


On Saturday evening we run with an a la carte menu

featuring produce from that morning’s local farmer’s market.

Please make a reservation as this helps us with our direct grower orders,
our own garden harvest and staffing matters;
offering 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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