I don't know about you, but I like to spend Mother's Day with my Mumma. But the trouble is my Mumma lives almost 400kms north from where I do, so popping over for a cuppa always poses a wee problem. We decided for Mother's Day this year to meet half way and have a little stay at Hawks Nest for the weekend.
For some Mummas, Mother's Day quite often means breakfast in bed - and to be honest this is not my idea of fun at all. Toddlers only really know how to make toast or should I say smother jam on the toast that their father has cooked for them. Sticky crumbs in bed - no thanks. My ideal Mother's Day breakfast is to go out to a lovely cafe, preferably by the water, have some fabulous coffee and equally fabulous food that is served promptly so that the toddlers don't get too bored and end up in said water. So we struck gold this year at the Tea Gardens Boatshed - it was very handy that we were staying in next door Hawks Nest.
As the name suggests the boatshed restaurant is located in an old boat shed. So you are literally right on the water - the Myall River to be exact. The boatshed has seating inside and out and of course the outside tables are the most popular, because the view is so lovely and you can hear the water lapping under your feet. The only problem is that when dining with toddlers, sitting outside can be a wee bit hazardous as there is not much of a barrier between them and the river - 2 thin metal ropes to be exact. We sat the little bulls right up next to the wall of the boatshed so that they wouldn't be tempted with an early morning splish splash.
Just make sure you take along your own activities for the kids as there is nothing for them to do except for checking out all the activity on the river such as the languishing houseboats and all the big pelicans coming in for landing in the vain hope that a diner may throw a piece of sourdough their way.
We had made a booking for 8.30am when the boatshed opened which was a smart idea as it meant that we were seated and served super fast. Being Mother's Day this place was going to fill up quickly and stay that way for the whole day. I think that on most weekends and during holidays that this is a very popular place to dine indeed (dare I say the best in Tea Gardens?).
The boathouse serves the most adorable babycino and the kid's size milkshake comes in a take away coffee cup. They do not have a specific children's menu for breakfast but there are several options for kids such as the banana bread and raisin toast.
We ordered a serve of the house made banana bread for the little bulls which came with honeycomb butter and was generously dusted with cinnamon sugar (the boys thought it was sand). They even thought to bring out a plate each for the little bulls - the service was indeed good.
The adult's menu was mouth watering with all of adults in the group declaring it was the best breakfast they had in a wee while - especially the Grandpa bull who ordered bacon and eggs and much to the old farmer's delight, he was served 3 large fried googly eggs!
Mr Munch's breaky burger came filled with 2 big fat hash browns - which he gobbled up before I could even mention - "halvies?"
My Mumma and I ordered the more lady like mushrooms and poached eggs which were divine - the mushies were seasoned perfectly. And the coffee - well it was damn fine! So basically I couldn't have asked for a more perfect Mother's Day breakfast.
We walked breakfast off with a lovely walk along the river's foreshore, wondering if next time when we meet up half way between our respective abodes if we would be game enough to hire a houseboat with the little bulls - that's a definitive splish splashing NO from this Mumma x
110 Marine Drive Tea Gardens NSW 2324
02 4997 0307