Worth the Drive: Aussie Meat Pies at Georgie’s Cafe in Nanton

The Nanton cafe serves Australian favourites like traditional meat pies and pavlova with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Photograph by Aerial Heights Photography.

For many Australians, almost nothing beats the satisfying, flakey goodness of a traditional meat pie. Lucky for Aussies living in Alberta (and anyone else who appreciates a savoury pastry), Georgie’s Cafe in Nanton is baking up authentic pies from Down Under. Owner Georgie Neylon — an Aussie transplant — surrounds her savoury fillings, including beef and cheese, and pork and apple, with a buttery pie crust and tops them with crispy puff pastry. Plan to visit on a Friday: it’s when Georgie typically offers special pie flavours, and it’s the only day of the week her picture-perfect pavlovas piled high with whipped cream and fresh fruit are available.

Driving distance from Calgary: 
1 hour southeast

Bring home: Pick up a few extra pies (pre-ordering via email is recommended), or sausage rolls, to stock your freezer, so the next time you have a craving, you won’t have to make the drive.

Take a detour: Work up an appetite ­— or walk off the meat pies you just ate — in Vulcan, a.k.a the Star Trek Capital of Canada, located 30 minutes northeast of Nanton. See the starship Enterprise replica, take a selfie in front of the mural of the Star Trek doctors or go a step further and plan your trip around Vul-Con, the town’s annual Star Trek convention, taking place this year from June 10 to 12 (vulcantourism.com).

2109 20 St., Nanton, georgiescafe.ca

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This article appears in the June 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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