I think I must have been a biker's babe in a previous life. If I see a good lookin' motorbike casually parked out the front of a cafe, I immediately think that it must be a cool cafe to hang out in, you know a bit Easy Rider kind of cool (except without the horrific ending). 4 Beans Cafe in North Richmond is one such cafe that has caught my eye quite a few times over the years, as we've been heading west over the mountains. On our drives, I've always noticed the seriously cool wheels out the front of the cafe and the last time we headed west, it got too much for me and I organised that we would arrive just in time for breakfast to see just how easy riding 4 Beans was!
You can park either your bike or your family planner right out the front of 4 Beans and if you have a pram there is easy access into the cafe and plenty of room to park it next to your table. When we arrived the boys scampered out of the car and tried to jump on that beautiful bike - thankfully we caught them just before they climbed on board, as I'm sure who ever is in charge of keeping that little beauty so well polished would not have been impressed with my sons grubby little paw prints all over it!
All of the space inside 4Beans really impressed me. I'm so over cafes that try to cram too many tables and therefore too many people into their space - there is nothing worse then the person behind pushing back their chair and hitting you, just as you are about to gulp down your freshly made brew - coffee burns ain't pleasant. High chairs are available at 4 Beans, and if you forgot to pack any activities to keep the kidlets occupied you can always pop down to the newsagent that is located in the same row of shops as 4 Beans and pick up some colouring supplies.
They make a very decent brew for $3.50 at 4 Beans. To be honest I forgot to check what beans they use but I loved the bright yellow cup that it came in and the coffee was even made in a funky yellow espresso machine! If caffeine isn't your thing you can enjoy a pot of loose leaf tea, a peach iced tea, a local apple juice from Bilpin or perhaps even a ginger beer and ice cream float!
The cute kids menu at 4 Beans is decorated with Minions and other fun kid characters. Kidlets can stuff their faces with bacon/sausage, egg chips & toast ($7); mini pancakes ($5); nutella crepes ($5.50); cheesy fingers ($4); spaghetti numbers on toast ($5); or a kids burger & chips ($6). To drink they can have spiders & milkshakes or babycinos for 50 cents. Of course the boys wanted to be difficult and not choose anything off the menu - they had seen freshly baked ginormous chocolate muffins and wanted those instead. I ordered one for them to share (they can never eat a whole one to themselves) and the kitchen kindly cut it in half and sent the halves out on separate plates with a strawberry on the side - such a nice kid friendly touch don't you agree?
The adults menu covers all of the basics from a bacon & egg roll ($8.50) up to the "BaD BOY" big breakfast ($18). Their scrambled eggs are excellent ($10.50) and I also like the sound of the Chef's special omelette (bacon, pumpkin, cheese & spring onion) that is served with toast and chips - as do quite a few of the breakfast items at 4 Beans. I think if you are suffering from some sort of hangover malaise then the breakfasts with chips at 4 Beans will cure it big time! At lunch time burgers and sandwiches feature, and once again they all cover your tasty cafe classics. If you are just after a sweet treat with your coffee, they serve some yummy sounding pancakes and crepes as well as home made scones - and of course check out the cake cabinet for their daily specials!
Now if you need to use the toilet facilities before you hit the road again, they are available, but they are a small walk away. You need to go outside the cafe and around the corner - walk along the back of the cafe for about 50m or so and they will be in a corridor in front of you on your left. If that sounds all too confusing, just ask a member of staff to point you in the right direction. There is a toilet that contains a baby change table and there is also plenty of room for your pram inside this toilet.
After our breakfast we grabbed a takeaway for our journey further west into wild blue yonder of the Blue Mountains and as we drove away I realised that there was no way that I could be a biker babe as I love the warmth and creature comforts of the family planner too much when we hit the road.
Do you have a favourite pit stop on your way out west over the mountains Little Munchers?
1/15 Bells Line of Road, North Richmond NSW
Open from 6.30am each day