Merrijig’s claim to fame is that it’s Victoria’s oldest inn but there’s more to this establishment than a history lesson. Located across from Port Fairy’s wharf, the inn operates as a bar, a B&B and a stand-out restaurant. The cosy, old world charm of the place perfectly complements chef Tanya Connellan’s classic, crowd-pleasing menu. There’s a dedication to fresh, organic produce from local farmers and growers – the inn also has its own kitchen garden and chickens – and the menu changes according to what’s good on the day. Duck liver parfait on the charcuterie platter is a firm favourite but you might also find dishes like Milawa free-range duck served with red lentils and quince and fennel salad or slow-cooked Western district lamb.
Port Fairy is one of the last towns on the Great Ocean Road route. A former whaling station, it has a rich history, antique stores, independent boutiques and beautiful short walks, including one around the lighthouse on Griffiths Island.
Merrijig Inn | 1 Campbell Street, Port Fairy | +61 3 5568 2324