Located in the middle of the beautiful Bellarine just a short ten minute drive Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Drysdale, Portarlington and St Leonards. Merne at Lighthouse offers contemporary, ‘shared’ style dining in a relaxed restaurant environment; overlooking the established ‘Lighthouse Oil’ olive grove and emerging ‘Oakdene’ vines.
The kitchen is headed by local Chef, Josh Smith; after three years as Sous Chef at Tulip Bar and Restaurant. Before Tulip, Josh honed his skills at the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’ in Southbank. He brings a significant amount of experience to the kitchen, which shows in the incredible flavours and textures in the food he offers.
Front of House manager, local Ocean Grove resident and co-owner, Caleb Fleet, brings 25 years of experience within the Geelong region to the table; former food and beverage manager at historic Vue Grand in Queenscliff, he spent 8 years at Vue and 7 years at Pettavel Winery and Restaurant as FOH manager, where he worked with fellow co owners Matt Dempsey of Gladioli and Graham Jefferies from Tulip.