Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions Page
You will find answers to the most commonly asked questions below. Please email [email protected] if you have a question that isn’t listed below.
When is the Cafe open?
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
Monday, Thursday & Friday: 11.30am to 4pm (winter hours)
Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Please note we will be CLOSED – Monday 12th June. Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.
Do I need to book to dine in the Cafe? Yes, bookings are highly recommended. Off-peak times you may be to get a table on a walk-in basis, but we cannot guarantee a table will be available. BOOK ONLINE or email: [email protected] for further information.
Basils Bar (Food Caravan) is currently CLOSED. Over the warmer months, Basils Bar is open on the weekend from 12pm to 4pm for food and drinks (subject to weather). This is for walk-in’s only and tables cannot be reserved. This area has seating for 60 guests. As capacity restrictions are still in place, we cannot guarantee tables will be available at all times. Basils Bar menu is available on our Menu page.
Basils Bar walk-in area closes at 4pm and is not near our musicians who perform on the verandah or in the Pavilion. If you wish to dine and enjoy a glass of wine and listen to our performers, please book a table in the Farmhouse, Pavilion or Garden.
Does my reserved table have a time limit? Yes, all tables are limited to a maximum seating time of 1.5 hours, starting at your reservation time. This is to allow for later seating times.
Online Booking – the date/time I want is not showing?
Our online system is the only way to make a reservation. All available dates/times are shown. If your preferred time is not showing – it is not available, and we are booked out for that date/time.
What is the largest group booking I can make? Via our online bookings system, Basils Farm can take bookings of 10 per table in the Pavilion or outside only (Seasonal/weather dependent). Please note everyone over 12 months of age is counted. If you wish to book a private function, groups of 30 or less can book for non-exclusive use of the Pavilion via [email protected] Please book online at: www.basilsfarm.com.au/bookings. Groups order off the a la carte menu, no group packages are available for lunch.
Do you cater for vegans? Yes, we have a number of options for vegans. If you have specific dietary requirements please mention this when booking to ensure we can cater to your requirements. Please view our menu at https://basilsfarm.com.au/cafe-menu/
Do you have Gluten Free options? Yes, we have a number of gluten-free options on the menu. If you have specific dietary requirements please mention this when booking to ensure we can cater to your requirements. Please view our menu at https://basilsfarm.com.au/cafe-menu/
Can I bring a cake? You can bring your own cake for a one-off fee of $20. Due to Victorian food safety laws, Basils Farm requests that cakes are professionally prepared by a licensed food retailer or licensed food business. Please inform staff that you are bringing a cake by emailing [email protected]
Alternatively, we can make* a cake on request for $75 (serves 12). The following options are available:
-Flourless Orange (GF)
-Chocolate Mud Cake
-Carrot and Hazelnut
-Strawberry Almond Vacherin (GF)
-Flourless Walnut and Banana (GF)
-Vanilla Strawberry Gateaux
-Pavlova with fresh fruit
*7 days notice is required for ordering one of the above cakes. Please email [email protected] to order.
Can I select where I sit when dining? Basils Farm has two dining selections. Inside/Veranda or Pavilion/Gardens. Please select your preference when booking online. Please note over the cooler months outdoor seating is not available as we regenerate the grass.
What area should I choose?
Cafe Inside/veranda – you will be seated in the old farmhouse. The farmhouse has air conditioning and heating. There is an outside veranda which can hold two tables, this has outside heating. Please note, you can request the verandah but we do not guarantee we can fulfil your request as it is a small space with limited seating. We try to accommodate all requests on a first-booking, first-serve basis. You can make a preference on where you would like to sit although we cannot guarantee you will be seated at your preferred area.
Cafe Pavilion – large enclosed, heated deck area.
Outside Garden – limited seating in winter. Bookings recommended. Please note, if you select outdoor seating there may not be ther opportunity to change to indoor seating due to inclement weather.
When booking online you can select your seating preference however we cannot always accommodate all requests. Seating configurations are set up on the morning of the reservation, taking into account all bookings.
Can I change my mind and book inside or outside? Unfortunately, due to the number of bookings we receive (especially on weekends) most areas are booked out in advance and therefore we cannot change your booking area. All available areas will show on our online booking system www.basilsfarm.com.au/bookings
What are your Booking Conditions? Please refer to the Cafe page.
Can I reserve a table and just have drinks? Due to capacity restrictions, our current terms and conditions indicate that those seated at a booked table (Farmhouse/Pavilion/Gardens) must be dining with us. Reserved tables in these areas are not available for drinks only.
Basils Bar Caravan is currently CLOSED. Over the warmer months, Basils Bar is open for food and drinks for walk-in’s (subject to weather). Tables in this area are not reserved and casual drinks are available from the Caravan. No table reservations in this area, open from 11.30am to 4pm. Please note this area closes at 4pm and is not near the musicians.
If you wish to have a wine tasting, please visit our Cellar Door (Subject to availability).
What is the Basils Bar Menu? Currently CLOSED. In Summer please refer to the Menu page. Scroll down to Basils Bar. https://basilsfarm.com.au/cafe-menu/
Are you dog friendly? Yes, we permit friendly doggies that can be kept on a leash outdoors. We have outdoor dining areas under umbrellas that are perfect for those dining with dogs. Please notify us when booking so we can make sure your table is suitable for your four-legged friends.
Do you have wheelchair-accessible toilets? Yes, the Cellar Door has accessible toilets, accessed via a ramp.
Do you have wheelchair accessible dining areas? Yes, we have extensive outdoor dining which is easily accessible via a path and the Farmhouse and Pavilion dining areas are accessible via the Cafe Kitchen. Please advise the staff on arrival and we can direct you to the entrance.
Do you have accessible parking? Yes, we have an accessible parking spot.
Do you have beverages other than wine? Yes, we have a number of non-alcoholic beverages, beers, and cocktails on the menu.
Do you have Gift Vouchers? Yes, Gift Vouchers are available to purchase online https://basilsfarm.com.au/giftvouchers/
Do you have live music? Yes, in January we have live music from 3-6pm on Friday and Saturday. We also have “Sunday Sessions” from 12.30-3.30pm in February, March and April. Table bookings are required. Please book online for the Pavilion, Gardens or Farmhouse. (Musicians please note we are currently booked out however you can email [email protected] with your details for future consideration).
Are you child friendly? Yes, we have a children’s menu and also have wide open (safe) spaces for children to play. We also have a sandpit with toys and resident llamas and Baby Doll Sheep. Activity Packs that include animal feed are available from the Cafe for $10 for those dining in the Cafe. Being a working farm, we kindly ask children are supervised at all times.
Do you have a Children’s Menu? Yes, please visit our Menu Page https://basilsfarm.com.au/cafe-menu/
Do you have high chairs? Yes, please request a high chair when booking or in the comments section for online bookings.
OPENING HOURS – PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
What are your summer hours? From February Basils Farm Cafe opens from Thursday to Monday and be closed on Tuesday & Wednesday. Monday, Thursday, Friday open 11.30am to 5pm and Weekends open 11am to 5pm.
Are you open on Public holidays? We are open on a number of Public Holidays including New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Labor Day Long Weekend (Monday in March). *Please visit our Cafe Page for the current opening hours. Please note on public holidays there will be a 20% surcharge on all food and beverages. Excluding takeaway wines.
Which Public Holiday’s are you closed?*– Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Easter Monday (2022), ANZAC day (2022), Grand Final Public Holiday, Melbourne Cup (Closed Tuesday), Geelong Cup (Closed Wednesday). *Please visit our Cafe Page for the current opening hours.
Are you open for Christmas Day Lunch? Sorry, we are not open on Christmas Day.
Are you open for New Year’s Eve evening? No, sorry we are not open on New Years’ Eve evening.
CELLAR DOOR & WINE
When is the Cellar Door open?
The Cellar Door is currently CLOSED. Please purchase wine from the Cafe during opening hours.
Do I need to book to visit the Cellar Door for a wine tasting? The Cellar Door is currently CLOSED for tastings.
Can I purchase takeaway wine at the Cafe? Yes, if the Cellar Door is closed you can purchase takeaway wine at the Cafe. Special offers are available for those dining in-house.
ANIMALS & GARDENS
Is the Kids Animal Feeding Activity running? Currently, the group Animal Feeding is not being run, however, a Kids Activity Pack can be purchased for $1o when dining in the Cafe. The Pack contains animal feed, crayons and activities.
Are you running Gardening workshops? No, currently we are not holding gardening workshops.
Can I just visit the Gardens/Animals? Basils Farm grounds are only open to those dining in the Cafe. Animal feeding Activity Packs are an optional add on ($10) for those dining in the Cafe. Unfortunately, we do not permit visitors to just visit the gardens and/or llamas, you must be dining to have access to the property. Thanks for your understanding.
GROUP BOOKINGS, EVENTS & WEDDINGS
Can I make a group booking? Via our online bookings system, Basils Farm can take bookings of 10 per table in the Pavilion or outside only (Seasonal/weather dependent). If you wish to book a private function, groups of 30 or less can book for non-exclusive use of the Pavilion via [email protected] Please book online at: www.basilsfarm.com.au/bookings. All available tables will be shown on our online booking system at: www.basilsfarm.com.au/bookings If you would like to make a booking, please click on the link, and select “Pavilion/Outside”.
All patrons dining in will order off the a la carte menu. Our current menu can be found at: www.basilsfarm.com.au/cafe-menu
NB: this changes seasonally, so please check back closer to your booking.
Can I book an evening function? Please email our Functions Manager Georgie at: [email protected] for further information.