Matt Dempsey, Sharon Fleet, Laura Schreurs, Caleb Fleet, Josh Smith, Graham Jefferies, Michael Clancey at the Golden Plate

Merne – a hothouse of local talent

After only being operating for a short time Merne at Lighthouse has been crowned Victoria’s Golden Plate winner. Merne also won Best Contemporary Dining and Best Customer Service awards.

Golden Plate Judges said that Merne was a ‘hothouse of local talent’ owned and operated by Matt Dempsey, Caleb Fleet, Graham Jeffries and Josh Smith. “This talent culminates into a first class dining experience, one that you would drive miles for,” said the judges.

“This restaurant is serious about the food and service it presents and will be a great attraction for the Geelong region. Customer service was impeccable and the food presentation was perfection. The meals were exceptional, elegant and flavoursome.”

Merne at Lighthouse offers contemporary, ‘shared’ style dining in a relaxed restaurant environment; and wonderful views at 650 Andersons Rd, Drysdale. Bookings: 5251 5541 or