Somers General Store

June 5, 2011

Located in the small seaside town of Somers on the Mornington Peninsula, Somers General Store is a real gem. Beautifully decorated with quirky antiques and stunning handblown glass, this general store and cafe is the vision of the lovely owner, Leisa Wharington. Leisa is a well-revered local artist – the superb glass pieces are hers, including the unreal light fixture below. She has done an amazing job creating a uniquely beautiful space.

Everywhere you turn, you’ll find some darling piece to look at (and many are for sale too!)

I must admit, I may be a little biased about how lovely this store is. I worked here whilst saving for my 7 month long 2009 overseas trip. Now I love coming back for a meal or coffee, it’s like visiting family. And I am not alone, many people feel this way about Somers General Store. It’s the sense of community and local pride you get from the Mornington Peninsula that makes SGS a really special place.

The coffee is fabulous and the food is wonderful. Local ingredients are sourced and turned into delectable dishes by the lovely and talented Head Chef, Emily Turnbull. The menu changes slightly every now and then, based on what is in season. Friday nights in Summer they even serve beautiful fish and chips in fetching take-away cones, which you can take down to the beach (conveniently located opposite the store). How glorious is that?

On this Saturday morning Ben and I were after a hearty breakfast, which we ordered after a round of lovely coffees, naturally. A skim latte and a soy chai latte. How gorgeous are the spoons? Working here inspired me to start my own collection.

Ben’s Big Breakfast was one of the better ones I have come across in all my breakfast escapades across Melbourne. So often Big Breakfasts are heavy and greasy, existing solely to satisfy the hungover patron. Not this dish. Emily’s Big Breakfast focuses on quality, fresh and flavourful ingredients prepared simply.

The bacon was really yummy, as were the mushrooms, but it was all fabulous. I was very impressed to see wholegrain sourdough toast too. Ben got a side of delicious smoked salmon with his order, just in case his breakfast wasn’t Big enough 😉

My Grainy Porridge with Poached Quince was fabulous. Just the kind of nourishing meal I was after. The only grain I could identify was oats, nevertheless they were perfectly cooked, plump oats. Plus, they were spiked with pepitas – an exciting addition!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds pepitas exciting…

After our meal we were joined by my a friend, her baby boy and her mother for a coffee and a play out the back. Here you’ll find the SGS herb and vegetable garden, a huge lemon tree and their vintage gelati van, which comes out in the Summertime. The little man explored happily – so much to see and discover!

Back inside there are rows of sweet delights also waiting to be discovered. What a beautiful array of colourful treats!

No dessert for us on this day though, we were rather full.

You can also do a little grocery shopping after your meal.

Beyond beautiful, local produce, there are countless goodies to purchase as gifts or as a treat for yourself. From baking accessories, to imported cookies, to exotic spices – I am always lusting after something. Naturally, being a general store, you can also pick up some toothpaste and milk – all the necessities 😉

On this day I purchased beets and goats cheese for the salad I made for my friend’s dinner party. I was tempted to buy even more, especially a loaf or two of delicious bread. They even have a freezer full of Ben and Jerry’s icecream!

But I restrained myself…I know I’ll be visiting again soon anyway. I love coming back here, it’s like home. A supremely beautiful home, adorned with gorgeous antiques and well-stocked with utterly delectable delights.

Heidi xo
  • Hannah June 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Sounds like such a wonderful cafe!! I bet that porridge with poached quince was heavenly, I too get quite excited by pepitas 😉
    Hannah x

  • Sonia June 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    This is looking amazing…cheers, sonia !

  • denitamudge2014 June 5, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Yuuummmmmmm. Yuuuummmmmm. I'm still ogling over the grainy porridge. Let's go to the home of Ben and Jerry's icecream in Vermont in August. Cool, done. xxx

  • msihua June 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Oh yum.. I always have a stumble whenever I'm thinking of Mornington as I have no idea what or where to dine out for breakfasts! So thanks for sharing!

  • Leah June 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

    The big brekkie looks so good!

    I'm yet to try Ben and Jerry's ice-cream. You can't get it where i live 🙁

  • Heidi June 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hannah – Actually yes, I knew you would also get excited by pepitas 😉

    Sonia – it's quite wonderful!

    de – done and done!! Amazing.

    Msihua – if you ever need any recs just tweet me, I'm from this area – it's my hood 😉

    Leah – you know I've actually never had it either :O will rectify this in August with a trip to the motherland though 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware June 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Holy Moly… I have been going to this general store since I was a baby. Back then it was in my frilly bikini with a matching frilly hat. I remember going there as a young teenager to buy lollies and meet up with other local kids. Then as an adult for coffee and the paper.

    Great post Heidi!

  • Heavenly Ingredients June 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    mornington peninsula sounds like foodie heaven. hope to visit sometime soon 😉

  • The InTolerant Chef June 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    This place looks great. I reaaly like the sweets in tea cups!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    What a lovely looking place. The story is just perfect for the Instagram treatment too! 😀

  • Michelle Chin June 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    This place gives this mom and pops store feel…

  • Hannah June 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    What an utterly charming place! So envious of how many delightful spots like this you have in Melbourne 🙂

  • Ames June 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I'm sold! This looks like a lovely little place and will make a mental note to stop by if I'm ever down by Mornington way :).

  • Anna Johnston June 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Oh Heidi, for some of that poached quince I think I'd be prepared to do some very bad things 😉 The store looks amazing, love the sound of the blown glass too 🙂

  • Lisa June 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

    oh how very wonderful!

  • Lisa June 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    What a fantastic sounding store! I love eclectic places like that. I really think I'm going to have to have a holiday on the Mornington Peninsular sooner rather than later!

  • Heidi June 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Blithely Unaware – oh how wonderful that you grew up visiting this place too – so nice to hear. & thanks, lovely 🙂

    Laura – yes you must!!

    InTolerant Chef – great idea, isn't it. They looked super cute.

    Lorraine – yes it worked perfectly 🙂

    Michelle – I know what you mean 🙂

    Hannah – we are lucky here in Melbourne!

    Ames – yes do stop by – it's one of the only two shops in Somers, so you'll find it no doubt 🙂

    Anna – yes the glass is beautiful! & I'm really craving some quince now too 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Heidi June 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Lisa – it is rather wonderful 🙂

    Lisa – there is loads to do on the Mornington Peninsula!! The perfect place for a (delicious) getaway 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • CC11 June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I also find pepitas exciting 🙂 I've been adding a handful to my porridge or yoghurt for a while now

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) June 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Love traveling to Mornington Peninsula – it's not too far and has some of the best produce. I always visit DOC (even though we have one in Carlton) but will make sure I go here next time for a sugar overload!

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 7, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I love that there are (still) places like this. You know, nowadays almost everything is about profit, at the cost of individual and a special experience. I also love all the awesome artworks in there! 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    looks like my kind of eating!

  • onika July 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    shes just got her liquor licence two weeks ago after a long battle! so good! am actually off there in ten minutes for a late lazy lunch and glass of vino 🙂 great post! x

  • Heidi July 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    CC11 – high five for pepitas!

    Adrian – DOC is great 🙂

    Kath – yes, the artwork is so gorgeous!

    Michele – 🙂

    Onika – woohoo!! So good to know. Have fun 🙂

    Heidi xo