I love Sunday drives to the country.
You get to discover new places, new cafes, new people and see lots of new things and hopefully at the same time the little bulls can have an afternoon nap in the car. And this is exactly what happened last Sunday when we went for a drive to Windsor.
Some would argue that Windsor isn't really the country and I agree it isn't. But it's the closest Sydneysiders can get to the country without having to venture over that great divide.
Windsor is a lovely historic town with the Hawkesbury River as its stunning back drop. There are quaint shops, cafes, restaurants and a branch of the fabulous Glenorie Bakery. On Sundays however it is busier than peak hour in Pitt St. This is because the main street (which is a pedestrian mall) holds a weekly craft market and also because the main street's many pubs are a favourite hang of leather clad motorcyclists.
To avoid the throngs of people we decided to head down a back street and that's how we stumbled upon Cafe Red. And isn't this a little find! The cafe is a wee bit hip and a wee bit happening. The best thing of all is that it is very child friendly. Yay!
Even though the cafe is located in the front of the local Woolworths shopping centre, it still exudes a trendy atmosphere. The interior is full of splashes of red and loads of exposed lightbulbs. They have lots of banquet seating and interesting knick nacks dotted around the interior. There is also a table full of their own range of jams and bikkies to buy and take home.
We arrived in time for afternoon tea. They had obviously had a busy day as the cake cabinet was a bit bare. So we decided on a home baked pink lady apple crumble slice and friands - all so very yum.
My 3 boys ordered milkshakes which came in a funky retro glass for the big boy and in large takeaway coffee cups for the little boys. I had to have a coffee as I saw that the beans they used were from Fish River Roasters (I soooo love to try things with groovy names). The coffee was excellent and in the name of research I also had to order a babycino, and I'm very glad I did as they were soooo cute.
Unfortunately on the first sip of the fab babycino my littlest babe bellowed "ouch that cino hurt my tongue". Yep we had been negligent and not checked the temperature of the babycino, just presuming it was all froth - but no - there was scalding hot milk underneath the froth and the littlest bull just had a big gulp. So one should never ever presume anything! As a result he wouldn't touch the babycino again...
Cafe Red has a kids menu, high chairs, plenty of space for prams and a decent kids basket of toys. As we were the only people there with kids, the little bulls got to play with all the toys and this kept them entertained for almost an hour. The toys and books looked almost brand new which is quite refreshing as quite often you find that toy baskets are full of grotty hand me downs that Vinnies wouldn't even accept.
The cafe doesn't have a loo and therefore no baby change facilities but you just have to pop into the shopping centre where there are very clean toilet facilities and a Mum and Bubs room. Woolies, a butcher and a chemist are in the shopping centre, in case you need to pick up anything for the trip home. Plus there is a huge car park underneath the shopping centre.
Windsor is very lucky to have Cafe Red and we are very lucky that we found it. Our Sunday drive to the country was a complete success and we can't wait to go back to try out their brekkie menu but maybe this time we will save ourselves 2 bucks and not order that bloody hot babycino x
6 Kable St Windsor NSW
Open 7 days