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Habituel Bakers & Coffee Roasters

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One of my habitual pleasures has been to buy the sourdough bread from the Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander cellar door and foodie hub in the main street of Healesville whenever I passed through town.  If I wasn’t able to stop in for an excellent meal and glass of wine I made sure that I at least stopped for a coffee and secured some of their excellent bread. The businesses have now been split, the higher end Giant Steps label staying with founder, Phil Sexton, while the Innocent Bystander label was sold to Brown Brothers and relocated just across the carpark. Fortunately, “Leroy”, the bread starter culture has found new digs at Habituel Bakers & Coffee Roasters further down the main road and is working its magic producing wonderful breads again. Deciding what to do in Healesville has just become a little more complicated: do you have a tasting of the Giant Steps elegant range of pinot noir and chardonnay and lunch there or do you taste Innocent Bystander’s extensive line up and stay on for their lunch. Whatever you choose to do make sure you drop in at Habituel for a revitalising coffee and some of that excellent sourdough bread for the homeward journey. Be warned, it may become a habit.

Habituel Bakers & Coffee Roasters: 314 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777

cooking melbourne • June 15, 2017


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