When ever someone visits Berry or writes about Berry they seem to always eat at the Berry Sourdough Bakery Cafe. Yes it is delicious, yes it is famous and yes it cool and groovy and yes, it is always busy. But is it kid friendly? Me thinks not.
So dear parents I suggest you avoid the hip, the happening and the heaving Berry Sourdough and head on down the main street and have a peek behind the hedge at No 98 Queen Street where you will find HedgeHogs Coffee Shop - a very family friendly, country cafe.
I think I have walked past this hedge every time I have visited Berry but I have never peeked behind there until this past long weekend. We were visiting the area on a little explore and of course, no visit to the South Coast is complete without a sticky beak in all of Berry's gorgeous shops. As HedgeHogs is secreted behind the hedge it is perfectly safe for eating outside with little ones. If you have visited Berry you would know how ridiculously busy Queen St (Princes Hwy) can be. I'm still amazed after all these years that they haven't by - passed the highway around the back of Berry.
It was particularly nippy the morning we had breakfast at HedgeHogs (they open at 8am every day and we were their first customers). We decided to sit outside behind the hedge as there was a basket of colouring books, pencils and stories for the little bulls to play with. There are also racks of magazines/newspapers and a sweet water feature (which seemed to make my little bulls want to wee). We deposited ourselves under the gas heater - but be warned if you aren't near the heater in Winter you may need to either make sure you are wearing your thermals or sit inside. The inside is very cosy and decorated with black and white photographs. If you sit inside you can also drool over all of the home made cakes as they come out of the kitchen - noteworthy was the lemon meringue tart - the meringue was almost as high as Mt Cambewarra.
The staff at HedgeHogs are your typical country hosts. Friendly, welcoming and genuine. There is absolutely no pretension at HedgeHogs. This also extends to the menu. It's wholesome, honest and reasonably priced food. Mr Munch and I ordered the Full Breakfast for $18.50 which included juice and coffee of your choice - excellent value and the perfect warming start to the day. To be honest with you the food is nothing flash, just good old country cooking like you expect......in the country.
We ordered the little bulls a serve of raisin toast to share for $6.00 and their drinks (which were served very quickly) were a milkshake ($5.50 - a bit expensive) served in a child friendly plastic mug and a babycino ($1.50) which came with 2 marshmallows as the owner knew there would be a kerfuffle between the little bulls if there was only one!
So would I go back to HedgeHogs - yes - but maybe not for breakfast. Unfortunately I have been living in Sydney for too long and I like a bit of a flash breakfast. But I would definitely go back to try their morning/afternoon tea menu as everything sounded and looked heavenly - just like country cakes and slices do. Also the coffee was excellent and I loved the added country charm of the paper doilies.
So dear Parents if you don't mind a bit of old fashioned country hospitality I would definitely recommend you peek behind the hedge of HedgeHogs. If you prefer to hang with the Hipsters and not HedgeHogs than join the queue at Berry Sourdough Cafe x
98 Queen St Berry NSW 2535
Open 7 days: 8.00am - 4.00pm