Where: 156 Pakington Street, Geelong West
When: Monday – Friday 8am ’til 6pm
Saturday 8am ’til 4pm
Sunday 9am ’til 3pm
Phone: 03 5229 7720
Let’s be honest, most of us that live in G’Town have a favourite spot and tend to stick with what we know. I know I’ve been guilty of that. So most of you that know Warren & Hutch think they are only good for sourcing that hard-to-find spice or a ‘Jonathan’s’ sausage; well it’s time to think again! What was once simply a provedore, has evolved into so much more!
Jasmine & Keith Bainbridge bought the business in November 2012 with the intention of improving upon what had already been established. Keith, originally from Durham in North East England, has been a chef since the age of 16. He has worked all over the UK and more recently the Bellarine region before taking on this new venture. If you pop in for breakfast or lunch, you might not get meet Keith; he’ll be busy out the back cooking up a storm for you!
Jasmine grew up in Geelong and met Keith whilst on a working holiday in Scotland. They traveled all over the world before deciding to make Australia their permanent home. Coming from a real estate marketing background, Jasmine had never intended to work for the business, but fate intervened and 2 weeks before the new venture kicked off, the company that she worked for closed down without any warning. Really not a nice thing to have happened, but as the saying goes; one door closes and another one opens!
The first thing you’ll notice is that the clutter has been removed and replaced with a vibrant wall of Marimekko wallpaper. I’d like to think there is a little more behind that choice than simply some happy looking cows’ frolicking in a green field! To me, it perfectly sums up the philosophy of the new Warren & Hutch: to deliver ethical and sustainable produce from the paddock to plate!
Gone are the freezers and in their place rustic crates housing an array of seasonal, certified organic and chemical free fruits & vegetables, baskets full of super-fresh free range eggs that you can select yourself and an incredible selection of oils, condiments and essentials to cater to every foodie’s whim! All of the fresh produce is sourced locally.
In the fridge, you will find organic meats from the top producers in our region, cheese & ciders!
If you can’t be bothered cooking (and let’s face it; we ALL have those nights!) never mind the usual suspects for your mid-week take away. Warren & Hutch have freshly made meals available every day! The small size serves 2 – 3 people and the large size serves 4 – 5 people and they are all a far more delicious alternative to take away! Pretty soon, you’ll even be able to order it online and pick it up on the way home!
On weekends, they are serving a cooked, full free-range breakfast or you can be really naughty and try one of Keith’s INCREDIBLE apple & custard Danish pastries! You all know I’m a sucker for anything sweet, but you’ve not really had a Danish, until you try one of his! He makes everything on site, right down to the pastry!
Unfortunately Jen wasn’t with me today, so I sat at the beautiful timber communal table and had lunch with Andrew! Actually, I bribed him with lunch, as my ulterior motive was to get him to take the photo’s! I had freshly squeezed blood orange juice and we shared an Indian-style spiced lentil & vegetable soup followed by roasted spatchcock served with roasted vegetable couscous & a lemony yoghurt dressing. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds! I could go on and on, but maybe we could just meet there on the weekend and you can see for yourself!