Quigley & Clarke, the very stylish restaurant in Clunes, is more than an eatery. In the twelve months since they first opened their doors, it has become a destination attracting people from all around the district to this historic town, which has itself seen a metamorphosis over the past decade. Steve Hunter and Donall Quigley had been weekenders in Clunes for 10 years, just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself. That came when the café/second hand shop that occupied the premises closed. Steve and Donall bought the building and set about turning the dark, tired looking interior into a bright, modern, welcoming eatery whilst at the same time retaining the historical sense of the building and the town.
Enter Jane Clarke – the other half of the name. Formerly a costume designer and seamstress, Jane – a single Mum – had been in the food industry as a cook for many years and decided to take the plunge with a mature age apprenticeship to be a qualified chef. Whilst the menus are a good cross section of meat and vegetarian, Jane is known for her spectacular vegetarian dishes.
Quigley & Clarke use local ingredients wherever possible and grow many of their own vegies. Their cakes and sweet treats are fantastic with the excellent coffee and are all made in house. These guys make sure that the quality and presentation of each dish is the same regardless of price and their efforts were rewarded in 2017 by receiving the Golden Plate Award as winners of the State and Regional – Best Value for Money category.
Quigley & Clarke is a focal point of Clunes and very much a part of the community. They have particular theme nights. Mondays are local’s night where everyone is welcome and considered a local – the first Monday of the month is Curry night with the third Monday being ‘Parmageddon’, the remaining Mondays are ad hoc international cuisine. Thursdays are a treat with the Bottomless Brunch. For a limited time, diners can enjoy two hours of indulgence for $45, which includes brunch, beverages and desserts.
Just to add to the mix, the rooms above the restaurant are being developed into business incubators, with a couple of local businesses already in residence – perfect for a small town with limited available space. Quigley & Clarke are open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea Thursday & Sunday. Breakfast to dinner Friday and Saturday, and dinner Monday. www.quigleyclarke.com and on Facebook.