EAT & DRINKDespite its size, Rhyll has managed to attract some of the best eateries on Phillip Island and we have no hesitation in recommending them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Foreshore Tavern is a bustling, convivial space with a soaring ceiling, beer on tap, local wines and an amazingly diverse menu. There's no charge for the water views. It's popular so book ahead in the high season, on long weekends and during special events. A crackling log fire in Winter offers inducement to linger and chat to the owners Anthony and Sue.
Tides Fish and Chips next door to The Foreshore is an island legend. Be quick because this place opens infrequently and closes early. These guys have their work-life balance nailed. You can eat in or takeaway and as a bonus, they're licenced with a limited range of wine and beer.
Himalayan Herbs is the pinnacle for the island's curry lovers and a welcome addition to Rhyll's evening dining options. Cosy, sparcely furnished, but big on warmth and hospitality courtesy of your hosts Mandeep and Rajan. Try the Kingfisher beer with a pepper beef curry.
Temuku is the corner cafe, where Anita and Roy will serve you breakfast and lunch, a glass of wine, plus great coffee, cake and snacks throughout the day.
Purple Hen Winery on the Rhyll-Newhaven Road serves delicious tasting platters to compliment their cellar selection. If the weather is kind, find a table in the garden overlooking the bay.
Rhyll Trout Farm has a great indoor-outdoor cafe where they cook your catch for you or simply serve up great country style fare, coffee, tea and scones and a sensational trout dip with artisan bread. They're just across the road from our front gate, so wander over and meet the neighbours for a lazy lunch or morning or afternoon tea.