The definition of Hospitality according to the Oxford Dictionary is "the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors and strangers." I think this should also include the patience to listen to a 4yr old ramble on in great detail at length about all of the different angry birds that exist and their individual powers. The waitress at the Flying Duck Cafe in Vacy has learnt the art of hospitality very well indeed! She was not only welcoming and friendly but oh so patient with our our eldest little bull as he told her everything there is to know about angry birds.
So why on earth were we dining at a cafe in Vacy - a sleepy little village in the upper hunter? The cafe was recommended to us by the owner of the accommodation we were staying at, on our recent Easter getaway - Gumnut Glen Cabins in nearby Dungog. We wanted somewhere nice to go for Easter Sunday lunch that was child friendly (of course!).
The Flying Duck Cafe is in the front of the Vacy Village Motel. The building itself is quite plain and unwelcoming but don't let that put you off as the welcome from the staff certainly makes up for it.
There is seating both inside and out. We opted for outside on the verandah as there was more room for the little bulls to roam around in. The inside is very comfortable and cosy like a nice country house and the outside seating has views over the village and also the river flats.
We ordered a round of drinks whilst perusing the ample menu. The little bulls had their obligatory milkshake and babycino. The milkshake got the thumbs up from the eldest little bull; and the babycino was more like a megacino (don't think they get too many requests for babycinos in Vacy!)
There is a kids menu and the little bulls decided on pizza which was big enough for them to share. And they certainly didn't need dessert as they were on an Easter egg high - our lovely waitress also presented them with a wee egg as they were departing.
Mr Right and I also had pizzas which were huge, although I think Mr Itch was a bit disappointed that we weren't there on Good Friday for a Duck's Bucket. A Duck's Bucket is a bucket with 5 of your favourite beers! Another little morsel I have to share with you (and it is by no means kid friendly) are the Flying Duck teapots - for 19 bucks you can a teapot full of some delicious sounding cocktails.
Oh if only I didn't have to drive!
If you are by chance in Vacy mid week they have some great specials and we had been told that the chef is Austrian so the schnitzel is huge and delicious.
Anyway back to the kid friendly aspects - the darling waitress consistently and patiently listened to all the amazing stories my little bulls had and she also gave them an ice bucket of crayons to draw with:
There is also a little playground in front of the cafe but you don't have clear sight of it from the verandah and it is near a road so you have to play tag with your other half standing guard over the kids:
The only problem we had with the cafe was the large number of flies - yes we were in the country and yes we made the decision to sit outside - so we can't blame the cafe operators - just be prepared to swat a lot that's all x
802 Gresford Rd Vacy NSW 2421
02 4938 8305