Garden party dining for Melbourne

What a treat awaiting us in Melbourne. Like walking through the pages of House and Garden magazine, The Commons at Ormond Collective is an alfresco garden sanctuary with a garden style straight out of Europe.

The sprawling gardens have been enhanced with topiary and burgeoning florals. Foxgloves and hydrangeas spill out of basketry, wooden troughs and terracotta while provincial garden objects are elegantly styled in the Kitchen garden, the glasshouse conservatory and main garden. This and the oversized cane furniture provides a luxurious garden party vibe while secluding and separating diners amongst the four micro-hotspots.

Diners can drop-in to The Conservatory for easy takeaway, boutique brews and bites at The Beer Garden, seasonal produce plucked straight from the soil and plated at The Kitchen Garden, and rosé-tinted glass reflecting in the sun during lazy summer lunches in The Garden Café. 

A product of hospitality heavyweight, The Big Group, The Commons brings together the quintessential Melbourne experience for every man, woman and their dog. In fact, pooches take priority with a spread of offerings including puppy-cinos, daybeds and ample space for fetch. 

The Big Group Founder, Bruce Keebaugh, is an ardent supporter of the revival of Melbourne’s events and hospitality offering. 

“The Commons at Ormond Collective will give Melbourne a reason to smile again. Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years now, the last six months have certainly been the hardest. I couldn’t be prouder of the eccentric space that my team at The Big Group have created – from branding, architectural design, menu development and rosé selections – it’s a true vision of food, entertainment and happiness!” 

Guests can expect a layered experience, with each area specifically designed to create individual Covid safe havens for social distancing including lily-pad seating spaced 1.5m apart, Covid concierge attired in a floral bespoke suit and checking in patrons on arrival as well as sanitiser stations, leading the way for the new norm in hospitality. 

All elements considered, it is the design of the estate and its quirky features that is the real gamechanger. Artistic senses will be overloaded with florals, gingham, ticking and stripes, oversized cushions, park benches and French café chairs, baskets bursting with spring blooms, and wicker accents. A space that can only be described as a European garden party atmosphere fused with Melbourne’s classic outdoor dining scene. 

The Commons at Ormond Collective is located at 557 St Kilda Road (entrance on Moubray St), Melbourne.

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