Warmer weather, blue skies and longer days bring back outdoor dining. For some it’s time to come out from hibernation by the fireplace at home as cosy as that sounds. I love this time of the year, before the harsh summer sun roasts us and burns my plants to a crisp, literally. When the landscape is so green and full of new life it just gives me such a happy fresh feeling. I don’t get enough lunch times off, even most weekends I end up working which makes it hard to enjoy one of my favourite places – McLaren Vale. Most places and wineries are only open for lunch here, it’s a list I never seem to be able to make progress on.
On one of my visits I ended up at Blessed Cheese. A lovely cafe that has been established for more than 12 years offering seasonal and local produce. Sat right on Main Road in McLaren Vale you wouldn’t miss it. True to its name the cheese selection was mouth-watering and ridiculously tempting but we left it up to them to wow us with their Ploughman’s Platter. I loved the variety on the platter. It looked so interesting to eat from the variety of smallgoods to the blossom of a pickled onion. It came with chutney, olives, gherkins, artichoke, grapes and beautiful soft toasted bread. As usual, I could always use more bread or crackers because I don’t do a big chunk of cheese per cracker, I’m a small slice per cracker sort of person. But having said that, as far as platters go this was quite generous.
If cheese and wine is your thing Blessed Cheese is also the starting point for the McLaren Vale Cheese and Wine Trail where you will receive a lovely hamper of cheeses and accompaniments to enjoy on a progressive picnic across four wineries of McLaren Vale at $25 per head. Might I remind you their cheese counter is very tempting should you just want to do some cheese shopping.
150 Main Road
McLaren Vale SA