I'm constantly amazed by the quality of cafes that we are finding in country NSW - it almost makes me want to move back to the bush! Take for example the cherry capital of Australia - Young in South West NSW. This bustling town is home to the lovely Kettle & Grain Cafe - a cafe where even the most city slicker of families would happily dine over and over again.
Kettle & Grain occupies an old school house, a little away from the main drag of Young. It's a really large cafe space so it's great for catch ups with family and friends. Depending on how your old school days were, you can choose to sit inside in one of the classrooms or outside in the playground! We chose the later as there was heaps of room for the boys to roam safely and there was also a blackboard to keep them occupied.
Whether you choose to sit inside or out at Kettle & Grain, there is loads of pram parking available, access into the cafe is also super easy so you won't need to worry about asking any other diners to move out of your way to get your pram in. High chairs are available and the loos are located outside. Inside the cafe there is a basket of colouring books and crayons for kidlets to use as well as the morning paper for parents to read.
The babycinos ($1.50) are sure to put a smile on the dial of any grumpy little tacker! Kids size milkshakes will set you back $3.50 and they also have some other crowd pleasing drinks such as nutella hot chocolates, creaming soda spiders and a tim tam chiller. And if you are a caffeine addict you will love the perfectly brewed Ona Coffee (from Canberra).
Now there isn't a specific kids menu but there are heaps of options on both the breakfast and lunch menus that will satisfy little bellies. Our young dudes had toast with nutella for breakfast and some other options are porridge, banana bread, raisin toast and pancakes. At lunch time I'm sure most kids will love the corn fritters, frittata, margherita pizza or pulled pork sliders that are on the menu, and if all else fails - they can have chips or wedges.
The menu items at Kettle & Grain have some seriously quirky names. Take for example the Dirty Frenchman ($15) - it's described as being the perfect combo of naughty & nice (just like all Frenchmen I'm sure!). French toast is served up with local free range birch smoked bacon and gooey caramelised banana. My dirty old Aussie bloke went for this and I think he was on a sugar high for the rest of the day!
My choice of the Bean n Gone ($15.50) was a very tasty little dish - twice cooked free range eggs, house made spicy baked beans, sliced chorizo & parmesan. If you arrive at lunch time perhaps you might like a fling with the Randy Rooster - grilled chicken burger on a ciabatta roll with brie, cranberry sauce, rocket and served with some herby hot chips. Mr Bo - Peep sounds delicious (a lamb burger) too, as does 3 Little Pigs (pulled pork sliders). And don't worry just because you are in the country it doesn't mean every menu item has meat in it - the Blue Owl also sounds really good - it's a blue cheese, pear & walnut stone baked pizza.
After your meal at Kettle & Grain you can check out the Lambing Flat Museum that is next door - no there aren't any lambs in there, just historical material that will show you about the history of the area. There is also a park near the cafe where you can go for a trot along the creek and chase some ducks - quack, quack!
Do you have a favourite country cafe Little Munchers? How does it rate in the kid friendly stakes?
2 Campbell St, Young NSW
Open Tue - Sun from 8am