My boys currently have an obsession with worms. They love digging little holes all over the garden and finding them, and then it's game on, to see which worm can break dance for the longest! As much as I love them being outdoors and getting their hands dirty, I am not so keen on them digging randomly in my garden and unearthing bulbs that I have planted for Spring. As a result I have created for them their very own little garden bed, and I took them along to a nursery recently to purchase some plants to make it look pretty. And it just so happened that there was a cafe on site!
That cafe is Cafe Harvest and it is located at the back of the lovely Bonnyrigg Garden Centre in Western Sydney. The garden centre has ample parking, and for those of you who have prams, access is very easy via ramps into the nursery and also cafe. But there isn't a large amount of space to squeeze your pram through all the tables in the cafe, so perhaps considering putting bub in either a high chair or pop them in a baby carrier.
There is both seating inside and out at the Harvest Cafe. We visited at breakfast time on a brisk Winter's morning. When we arrived all of the indoor tables were either taken or reserved. So we sat al fresco on the verandah, which has a lovely outlook over the nursery. The indoor seating is right next to a gift shop, so if you sit inside, you can always do a spot of shopping whilst you wait for your meal - but you might need to keep an eye on the kids so that they don't break anything.
There isn't a menu specifically for kidlets at Cafe Harvest. However there are quite a few items on the breakfast menu that kids can easily eat, such as pancakes, french toast, fruit salad, croissants, toast, banana bread and bacon and egg sandwiches. At lunch times they have a good range of sandwiches on offer, as well as the good old staple of hot chippies. The cake counter inside is also groaning with decadent looking sweet treats if you are dining at morning/afternoon tea and your little ones are allowed something special to eat.
For breakfast the boys shared a serve of nutella pancakes ($10.50) - two fluffy pancakes were topped with lashings of nutella and a scoop of ice cream. We had the omelettes ($17.90) which were perfectly cooked and came with a chunk of crusty baguette. The breakfast menu starts in price at $4.00 for toast and goes all the way up to $22.90 for a big breakfast. The lunch menu is similar in price, in that the most expensive item is $22.90 (yearling rump steak with fries & baguette). The coffee is excellent at Cafe Harvest, and they do a range of spectacular looking smoothies and juices. Kids size milkshakes comes in disposable containers in order to avoid any breakages, and babycinos are available for $1.50.
Service was a bit hit and miss at Cafe Harvest. At first I was really impressed, the various staff we dealt with were super friendly and efficient. But then as the cafe got busier, service slowed a little. For example, the boy's pancakes were served quite a long time after our meals, which was not ideal as the kids were ravenous.
Cafe Harvest is definitely one popular cafe (I'm thinking it's because there aren't too many cafes in Bonnyrigg), so I do advise that if you dine on the weekend, that you make a booking in advance. When I took the boys off for the mandatory loo inspection (and yes they do have a baby change table) I noticed that a huge queue of diners had formed waiting for a table - Mr Munch was even asked to move from our table so that they could fit another family in. Being the good cafe citizens that we are, we decided that it was a subtle hint to get up and go check out the nursery.
The Bonnyrigg Garden Centre has everything you could possibly need to beautify your garden or to create a full on vegie patch. The staff are really helpful and the shop at the front of the centre has a great range of quirky garden ornaments that kids will love inspecting, as well as kids gardening equipment and a huge fish tank full of beautiful fishies that will keep the kids amused for a wee while whilst you pay for any purchases that you may have made.
With a boot load of plants we headed home for the boys to get digging - the boys were however a bit disappointed that I wouldn't buy them their very own worm farm!
So Little Munchers, do you get your kids involved in gardening? Do you have a favourite nursery? And more importantly, does it have a cafe?
Cnr Elizabeth Dr & Wilson Rd, Bonnyrigg NSW
02 9610 5366
Mon - Sun: 8am - 5pm