Bennetts on Bellarine

Bennetts on Bellarine, City of Greater Geelong: Hours, Address, Bennetts on Bellarine Reviews: 4/5

Bennetts on Bellarine
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Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A new cellar door on The Bellarine Peninsula. We offer a casual, rustic and relaxed atmosphere to taste wines under the shade of gum trees. You can take in the view of The You Yangs while enjoying some nibbles. Come and play bocce and there is plenty of room for kids to run around while you can sit back and relax.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Ian J
Camperdown, Australia93 contributions
Nice lunch
Aug. 2021 • Couples
Lovely pizza and garden type salad and a glass of Sav served by a very pleasant young lady, life is good
Written 2 August 2021
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alkat762017
St Leonards, Australia89 contributions
Busy place, great food and fantastic
Mar. 2021 • Couples
What a lovely place to visit on a rainy day in March 2021 with another couple!! We enjoyed ourselves and as we live locally, we wanted to have a pleasant afternoon which we did. Great customer service, waitress helped us out when trying to order via the app on our mobiles, listened to the musician playing music from old era to current ones and despite the place being busy with various groups and couples, it was still lovely.
Our meals came out hot. My blacksmith pizza was very delicious, local wines were amazing and atmosphere great. Will definitely book to come back again.
Written 25 April 2021
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PaperWindow
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Lazy delightful afternoon
Apr. 2021
I spent a lazy Easter Monday afternoon at Bennetts and had a great time. The venue is beautiful and spacious with a laid back atmosphere. The app ordering system is easy to use and very efficient - all of our food and wine arrived super fast.

The wine was lovely and easy drinking. The pizza was excellent, one of the best pizzas I've had in a long time. What a pleasant afternoon. Service was friendly and fast. Looking forward to returning.
Written 5 April 2021
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Hey Paperwindow, Thank you for the awesome review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your Easter Monday with us. We will definitely share your glowing review with our kitchen crew. We look to your next visit :)
Written 14 April 2021
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BabFot
2 contributions
Appalling and never returning
Mar. 2021 • Friends
Well let’s say we had the most embarrassing and stressful experience ever at this place!!! The manager/owner was a very obnoxious and rude. He called himself a wine maker and not a restauranteur when asked about an item on the menu. He went off the handle and yelled at us for asking to make a simple substitution because of a dietary requirement. His other reasoning for yelling was that his business did it tough over lockdown. Well hello buddy! So did everyone else and it certainly didn’t give you the right to belittle us and yell at us! This person should not be anywhere near patrons and if wine making is his skill then return to making wine, as customer service clearly isn’t!! His appalling attitude continued so we ate and left. We did not buy a second round of drinks. Did not buy dessert. Did not buy any wine to take home either. We will NEVER return to this place and nor will anyone of our friends or family after we told them of our experience. Word of mouth is golden in referrals. Well you ain’t never going to get this from any of us!! Your loss is others gain as there are so many other great wineries in the vicinity.
Written 3 April 2021
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Hi Foodilicious54, We appreciate you taking the time to leave us this review. It sounds like your interaction with the staff member really impacted your experience, and we are terribly sorry to hear that. We definitely know the value of word of mouth; it is has been our main form of marketing and how we have grown our business for the last five years. We are happy to say that reviews like yours are not the norm, and we will definitely take this back to the team to see how we can do better. Everyone has bad days, but we never want patrons to feel stressed while dining with us, so we apologize for that. We do wonder - how was your experience otherwise? Your review doesn't comment on the food, the wine, the view or any of the other staff. We hope that there were some aspects of your visit that you enjoyed. While you may not return to us, we are happy to hear you will return to some of the other amazing local wineries in the area. The Bellarine is a pretty special place.
Written 14 April 2021
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Lorrae w
Ballarat, Australia18 contributions
Family catch up
Mar. 2021 • Couples
Lovely lunch a cheese share platter, lovely sav blanc as well lovely setting. Just disappointed we couldn't get a coffee after out meal and wine found that very strange, even just plunger coffee would have been nice. Will be back again
Written 26 March 2021
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Hi Lorraewest, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our Sauv Blanc and cheese platter! Unfortunately, coffee just isn't our thing, but we know people are keen to see it. We are still growing as a Cellar Door and have a long list of items on our 'wish list'! We will add a coffee machine to it (again)! :) We look forward to your next visit.
Written 14 April 2021
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mbenn2
St Kilda, Australia89 contributions
Amazing Wine Tasting
Feb. 2021 • Couples
What a super chilled out and friendly place to visit! Not sure if the experiences of others but the staff were super friendly and the wine and tasting board were amazing! Great outdoor space with brilliant live music. Definitely recommend (we did the ferry from Docklands as part of our trip) and we’ll definitely be back here. Thanks to all the staff for an incredible job! Matt & Sue x
Written 28 February 2021
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Hi Matt & Sue, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. After a long summer, it meant a lot to our staff to read your kind words! We hope to see you again soon.
Written 14 April 2021
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Stay604715
1 contribution
Nice relaxed winery with great food.
Feb. 2021
Nice fun place to have a pizza and enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst listening to live music on the weekends. The view across the vines and bay towards The You Yangs is great too.
Written 8 February 2021
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Thank you so much for your kind review! We love our live music sessions, and we are thrilled to hear you did too! Hope to see you again soon.
Written 14 April 2021
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Lynn M
Geelong, Australia333 contributions
Relaxed unpretentious winery
Feb. 2021
Lovely food, relaxed ambience, Pizza's are great, platter bigger and better than many of the other local wineries. Freshly made also not like some of the other wineries around.
Wine good.
Lovely wait staff, have been several times and always been a great time, will be back again soon..
Written 8 February 2021
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Hey Lynn Thank you so much for leaving us with such a glowing account of your time with us! We look forward to having you again some time soon to enjoy the wonderful wine, food and of course the view. Kind Regards Tom
Written 8 February 2021
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KerryR290
Indented Head, Australia276 contributions
Change your attitude
Feb. 2021
Ok so here is the deal, I am a local may not have been a local for 40 years but still a local resident with property in both Port and Indented Head ( not that should make any difference at all!!!!)
How were treated, like some city folk taking their time up.
We visited during January, yep get it that it’s a crazy time of the year BUT if you are in hospitality then be hospitable!!!!!
Menu was very limited, we ordered pizza which was lovely, nice thin base with fresh toppings.
When we booked we asked to be seated inside, that didn’t happen.
Nothing relaxed about our visit at all as staff were snappy and short. Service was extremely poor.
So as a local , when the silly season dies down who do you fall back on to provide cash flow? Yes your locals.
Written 6 February 2021
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Hi Kerry Thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback with us, which is something we value wholeheartedly. City folk aren't that bad are they? It's an age-old us vs them squabble that we as a business can't afford to weigh too heavily into. What I will assure you though is that we feel beyond privileged to be a part of the Bellarine community and being long-standing locals ourselves, we make conscious efforts to do all we possibly can for the Bellarine and surrounds. Unfortunately we were unable to accommodate your request for lounges and a low table due to the fact that a large group of locals who are in most weeks had already reserved that spot for that particular sitting. We tried to accommodate you under the marquee where we believe the views are some of the best from that part of the deck. With reference to a limited menu; we keep the menu fairly limited as we'd prefer to do a few popular things well, which seemingly from your feedback is something we achieved on what was a fairly busy day. Regarding service, this is something we as a management team stick our hand up and acknowledge we need to improve. As part of our endeavour to service the community through this unbelievably busy period, we fear we may have spread ourselves too thin given the minimal amount of staff we have. We desperately wanted to be open as much as possible so that more our locals and 'city folk' could enjoy the environment in Summer, however we may have fallen short on our ability to resource this. We’ve been really proud of our staff who've worked tirelessly to service our constantly thirsty community, we’re lucky we have them and if we could get more of the same it’d be a blessing. It's really hard finding more hospitality staff at the moment but I know that's not your problem. I can assure you this isn’t a cultural or attitudinal problem as you've prescribed, but more of a lapse of judgement in not being able to staff well enough for the crazy demand that we experienced. This is something that we as a management team are taking on board and we're already in the process of addressing the concerns you’ve raised, which is an exercise we’re attacking from the top down. With this, we're looking forward to the rest of the Summer with some fun things going on and plenty of people still keen to share a drink and the wonderful view. If you're willing to give us another shot, come and see me directly as I'm sure we can share a wine and a chat! Cheers Tom
Written 8 February 2021
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Ruby
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Rude staff.
Jan. 2021
Visited for second time and staff were very rude on both occasions. Very embarrassing this time as we had guests with us. Only returned for the view. Staff’s poor attitude continued so we ate and left. Did not buy a second round of drinks. Did not buy dessert. Did not buy wine to take home. Previous reviews indicate staff rudeness is often experienced at Bennett’s. We will not be back. So many other great wineries on their doorstep.
Written 31 January 2021
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Hey Ruby Thanks so much for taking the time to provide some feedback. You're spot on about plenty of things here - we really do have some great wineries as neighbours and we're proud to share the the block, the view and the soil with Terindah, Jack Rabbit and Kilgour Estate. With reference to rudeness; it's something we as a management team are taking very seriously and are in the process of addressing. Maybe yourself or someone close to you has operated a business before and is aware of the constant need to improve and get better; which is something we're attentive of right now after an unbelievably busy period. As part of our endeavour to service the community through this unbelievably busy period, we fear we may have spread ourselves too thin given the minimal amount of staff we have. We desperately wanted to be open as much as possible so that more our people could enjoy the environment in Summer, however we may have fallen short on our ability to resource this. We’ve been really proud of our staff who've worked tirelessly to service our constantly thirsty community, we’re lucky we have them and if we could get more of the same it’d be a blessing. It's really hard finding more hospitality staff at the moment but I know that's not your problem. I can assure you this isn’t a cultural or attitudinal problem as you've prescribed, but more of a lapse of judgement in not being able to staff well enough for the crazy demand that we experienced. This is something that we as a management team are taking on board and we're already in the process of addressing the concerns you’ve raised, which is an exercise we’re attacking from the top down. I know you've mentioned you won't be back but if you suddenly experience a change of heart and want to see that view once again, come and share a few glasses with us. Should we not be so lucky, Terindah, Jack Rabbit and Kilgour Estate I'm sure would be stoked to have you! Cheers Tom
Written 8 February 2021
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