Just one hour and 20 minutes. That's all it takes to get out of the CBD and land smack bang in Sorrento to enjoy some beachside bliss at Morgan's.
Located on Sorrento's esplanade, the waterside venue — which encompasses a restaurant and an adjoining wine store and bar — looks out over Port Phillip Bay. Needless to say, it's an ideal spot to lose a few hours on a summer afternoon.
Maintaining its limestone portico, the casual seaside feel is not lost in Morgan's crisp timber interiors. The restaurant — the Beach Shack — boasts an expansive outdoor deck with festoon lighting, cosy lounges and views of the bay that really let you absorb all the benefits of being out of the city and on the peninsula.
Cast your eyes away from the view for a minute to scout out the fresh seafood-based menu. Applauding seasonal and local produce, expect nourishing plates like seafood linguini with local mussels, prawns, scallops and garlic, a Gippsland scotch fillet with garlic butter and a Cape Cod-inspired lobster roll.
To drink, refreshing cocktails include the Beach Shack Cosmo (Belvedere vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice) or choose from a list of local wine and beers.
For a full range of Mornington Peninsula wine, beer and cider, head next door to the wine store . A sophisticated step up from the beach shack, Morgan's Wine Store and Ale House is akin to a laneway bar in Melbourne's CBD – just with a bluer view. Order a grazing plate, a local vino, and settle in for the night. Or, alternatively, you can grab a bottle to take away.
Like we said, only one hour and 20 minutes away. Summer weekend plans, sorted.