Top 7 Cafes with the Toastiest Fireplaces


The days are getting shorter, and the cold has hit us with avengence, so it’s that time of year again when finding a pub, restaurant or even winery with a great fireplace can mean the difference between a good experience and a fabulous experience!

Luckily for us South Aussies (and of course all our lovely visitors), there’s a long list of amazing places, all sporting fireplaces of various descriptions that keep their patrons toasty warm and comfortable. We’ve chosen a few here on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula we think provide, not just heat radiating from a pile of burning wood, but the whole experience! Atmosphere, food,  wine and view.  So if you are visiting or staying down this way and you have a hankering for a glass of red in front of a roaring fire, you’ll know exactly where to go!



The Beach House Cafe – Encounter Bay

One of our fave spots along the coast, the Beach House cafe has a beautiful stone fireplace that is delightfully warm and ambient in winter.  Home to the best wood oven pizza on the coast (my go to is the margarita with chilli and olive) and delicious Indian food, this is a casual and affordable place to hang for a bite to eat or a drink in front of the fire.  If beer is your thing, try the “Bluff Beer” Pale Ale, brewed by the owners of the Beach House (Simpsons fans will recognise the significance of the name). If you want to sit near the fire, best bet is to book early and request a post near the fire.  The staff are super friendly and welcoming, and you’ll feel like a local in no time!

62 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay
Ph: 8552 4417


Nearby Encounter Bay Pet Friendly Accommodation

1/18 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay

46 Islander Dr, Encounter Bay

33 Clipper Ct, Encounter Bay



Eat at Whalers – Encounter Bay

With spectacular views across the bay to Wright Island and Granite Island, Eat at Whalers is one of the best spots to warm up in winter.  The restaurant comprises three distinct spaces, the main restaurant area, the casual bar area and the outdoor seating. If the sun is shining and the day is calm, the outdoor seating may not be the best spot.  Inside however, you will find a combustion stove warming up the casual bar space and a gas fire in the restaurant area. The food is excellent, the wine list extensive, and the craft beer menu is reflective of local breweries such as Smiling Samoyed and Vale Ale.  

121 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay (bottom of The Bluff)
Ph: 8552 4400


Nearby Encounter Bay Pet Friendly Accommodation

1/18 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay

16 Krill Ct Encounter Bay

24 Minke Whale Encounter Bay


No. 58 Cellar Door Photo credit:

No. 58 Cellar Door Photo credit:

No. 58 CELLAR DOOR – Port Elliot

Number 58 Cellar Door and Gallery is situated overlooking the beautiful vineyards on the outskirts of Port Elliot and it’s a wonderful place to get a taste of the region and the perfect place to stay warm this winter.  It is a beautifully decorated combination of cellar door, café and gallery showcasing local creative talent and delicious flavours of the area. Wines, cheese, crusty breads, chutneys, olives, homemade dips and the crackling of burning wood, just heaven!  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than to sit by the roaring fire of this unique cellar door with a glass of 2013 Thunderbird Southern Fleurieu Shiraz and a tasting plate for 2, could you?.

58 Waterport Rd, Port Elliot
Ph (08) 8554 3149

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Pet Friendly Accommodation in Port Elliot

1 Gregory St Port Elliot (just 100m to this winery)

21 Rosetta Tce Pt Elliot 


The Anchorage Hotel Restaurant   Photo credit:

The Anchorage Hotel Restaurant   Photo credit:

THE ANCHORAGE – Victor Harbor

Across the road from Victor Harbor’s east beach is a stunning looking Queenslander-style boutique hotel called The Anchorage. It stands proud on the corner of Flinders Parade and it’s striking appearance can’t be missed! It is right in the heart of the town of Victor Harbor, a five minute walk from the horse-drawn tram and six kilometres from Boomer Beach. With a big boiler combustion stove and wholesome, nourishing winter comfort food,  including seafood, pasta, curries and good old fashioned fish and chips. It’s the ideal place to kick back and settle in on a cold winter’s afternoon. However, if you’d prefer coffee and cake, there’s an in-house baker on the premises also, so there’s an array of freshly baked cakes and treats available all day every day to pair with a cup of locally roasted coffee or hot chocolate.

To guarantee the best table, it is best to book ahead for  an enjoyable meal in front of the log fire this chilly winter.

Anchorage Cafe, Restaurant, Wine Bar is open from 8am until late evening seven days a week.

21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor
Ph: (08) 8552 5970

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Pet Friendly Victor Harbor Accommodation:

71 Seaview Road Victor Harbor


The Islanders Tavern Restaurant Photo credit: Islanders’ Tavern.

The Islanders Tavern Restaurant Photo credit: Islanders’ Tavern.

THE ISLANDERS’ TAVERN – Hindmarsh Island

Sit back and relax near the toasty warm fire at The Islanders’ Tavern, the modern Australian restaurant located at the river bank on the west coast of Hindmarsh Island. It’s cold outside but it’s nice and cosy inside, so tuck into some delicious international cuisine and a glass or two of warming winter red, while gazing at the tranquil river setting. If the littlies are climbing the walls and ruining your ‘tranquil gazing’, rug them up and point them in the direction of the playground just outside, they’ll warm up in no time!

Tolarno Dr, Hindmarsh Island, South Australia, Australia

Ph: (08) 8555 1122

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Nearby Hindmarsh Island Pet Friendly Accommodation

47 Goolwa Channel Drive, Hindmarsh Island

35 Goolwa Channel Drive, Hindmarsh Island


One paddock Currency Creek Winery Photo credit: One Paddock Currency Creek Winery

One paddock Currency Creek Winery Photo credit: One Paddock Currency Creek Winery


The new One Paddock Currency Creek Winery is an industrial style space with historical features, soaring ceilings and surrounded by lush nature. It’s the perfect place to unwind, explore, celebrate and create memories. Following closure for over four months and a complete renovation they are open for, not only weddings and events but for anyone wishing to soak up picturesque views with a One Paddock Platter or share plate and a glass of one of their award winning wines.

291 Winery Road, Currency Creek

Ph: (08) 8555 4069

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Nearby Goolwa Pet Friendly Accommodation

8 Kingdon Place Goolwa

9 Hutchison Road, Goolwa

7 Boult Street Goolwa Beach

6 Eaton Ave Goolwa Beach

9 Boult St Goolwa Beach (coming soon)


Mount Jagged Wines Photo courtesy:

Mount Jagged Wines Photo courtesy:

MT JAGGED WINES – Victor Harbor

This cellar door oozes character and with a roaring log fire to sit by in this cooler weather, the atmosphere is so relaxing you won’t want to leave! Warm hearty soup, crusty bread and local produce platters just add to the experience. Sip on a glass of 2014 sparkling chardonnay or perhaps a 2013 Knobby Club Cabernet Sauvignon while enjoying the tastes of the region and immerse yourself in the magnificent views of the Coorong, Southern Ocean, lakes and beyond.

This rustic and quirky place is also home to ‘Buster’ and ‘Jerry’ the cellar dogs and there is nothing they like more than to have some fellow fur kids to play with, so dogs are welcomed here too! They haven’t forgotten the human kids either and, true to the theme of the place, it has a number of vintage toys available for the kids to enjoy.

3191 Victor Harbor Road, Mt Jagged

Ph: (08)  8554 9520

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Nearest Encounter Bay Accommodation

1/18 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay

46 Islander Drive, Encounter Lakes

33 Clipper Ct, Encounter Bay

16 Krill Court Encounter Bay

24 Minke Whale, Encounter Bay

10 Bartel Blvd, Encounter Bay

3/18 Franklin Pde Encounter Bay

1/49 Franklin Pde Encounter Bay


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