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Lead Staff

David Featherston
Owner / Host

Natalie Featherston
Owner / Chef

Jack Hoye
Head Chef

 

Welcome

EXPERIENCE ELM DINING

Hello and welcome to Elm Dining, situated in the heart of Bright, Victoria.

Elm Dining resides in the iconic 1857 Victorian cottage, better know as the ‘The Doctors Surgery.’

The Victorian façade is set behind beautiful manicured gardens which maintain the grandeur and charm of old. Inside boasts the perfect ambience with four grand dining rooms each well appointed with open fire places and French style doors leading on to the front verandah - ensuring a pleasant dining experience all year round.

Elm Dining focuses on contemporary Australian cuisine utilising quality regional ingredients and producing hand made items to feature on the diverse menu. The menu features a three course a la carte menu and a six course shared degustation menu with all items made on site including our house made sourdough baked daily, pastas, gnocchi, pastries and a selection of ice creams to accompany our desserts.

The wine list won’t disappoint for locals and visitors alike with a carefully balanced selection of local, national and international wines to choose from.

Open evenings from 6pm Tuesday to Saturday.

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Our Story

FROM SEA TO SUMMIT

In early 2018, David and Natalie Featherston moved to Bright from the Central Coast of NSW where they successfully ran the well known and much loved ‘Yum Yum’ from 2007 – 2017, a quaint little restaurant on the foreshore of Hardy’s Bay.


 The building

HISTORY OF 98 GAVAN STREET, BRIGHT


Affectionately remembered as ‘The Doctors Surgery’, the first recorded habitant was Dr Edward Hawkins who moved into the original two room cottage in 1862 which had been built five years earlier.

Since then a succession of twenty eight doctors (some quite eccentric) have practised here; During the 1920’s the resident doctor was Dr Kidd, the 1930’s was Dr Waterhouse and his wife, a doctor also practising under the name of Dr Daley, the 1940’s saw Dr Simpson and Dr Keith Edwards occupy the building and the final practitioner was Dr Wood, who moved in in the early 1950’s and stayed till 1977.

The historic layout of the surgery (if viewing from Gavan St) had the left wing as the surgery and consultation room. Patients entered through the front door, turned to the left into the waiting room and left the surgery through the doors on the front verandah. The right hand wing was the music room which was accessed by the verandah door or via the back door located in the now courtyard. The cellar, which has since been filled in is located under the concrete floor of the mens restrooms. The bar and commercial kitchen used to be bedrooms.

Unconfirmed rumors suggest there was a mortuary covered up somewhere under the courtyard!

Late in 1977, Richard and Anne Milne turned the old surgery into a restaurant called Barnaby’s which changed ownership a number of times yet still maintained the name till 1990.

After being closed for a total refurbishment, the restaurant was opened again as Clovelly Cottage by Ken and Julie George up until 1993.

In the same year Peter and Kerry Hodges, previously of the renowned ‘Pigalle’ in Wollongong, opened Rebekah’s at Bright, which was named after their daughter.

1996 saw Patrizia & George Simone relocate their already established restaurant Simones to 98 Gavan Street where their fine reputation built on their Italian roots grew steadily. Simones has had a long, rich history in Bright with Patrizia & George at the helm for thirty years up until 2016 when the restaurant closed.

In early 2018, David and Natalie Featherston moved to Bright from the Central Coast of NSW where they successfully ran the well known and much loved ‘Yum Yum’ from 2007 – 2017, a quaint little restaurant on the foreshore of Hardy’s Bay.

The Featherstons renovated the building, bringing light and a subtle modern air to the Victorian Cottage whilst maintaining the charm of old that this historic building is so famous for.

Now known as ‘Elm Dining’ the venue is open once again to locals and visitors alike providing fine Contemporary Australian cuisine highlighting regional produce.

 

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