How fabulous is the spring weather that we are experiencing at the moment? It's time to be in the garden, making it look pretty, planting some vegies and basically just appreciating nature at its beautiful best. Now you could go to Bunnings and buy some plants to tart up your garden, but you would be helping make a big conglomerate just that little bit richer. So why not spend your money with a smaller independently owned business instead? A business just like the Plant Bug in Mt Colah and at the same time you can drop into their very child friendly cafe - the Ladybird Cafe.
I dragged my eldest along to the Plant Bug last week as we are in the middle of planting up our vegie patch. He was not impressed - a visit to a nursery isn't his idea of school holiday fun. Luckily we decided to visit the cafe first because he discovered a box full of toys and proceeded to check them all out and he stopped tripping over his bottom lip! Whilst he occupied himself I checked out all of the bits and bobs for sale in the shop that is attached to the cafe.
The Ladybird cafe is one cute cafe! It is situated at the back of the nursery in a covered in deck type of area. The whole space is decorated with bright coloured plants and flower themed wall art, which is all for sale. It's not a huge space but there is enough room to park your pram next to your table and access is relatively easy through the nursery. If you have little ones with you they have high chairs available and there are toilets on site (no baby change table). You order and pay at the hole in the wall and the super friendly staff will bring your meal out to your table.
The menu is simple but delicious. They serve all day breakfast: a variety of toast, bacon & egg sandwiches as well as bacon, eggs & tomato on toast and at lunch time you can have sandwiches, quiches, pies, nuggets and the best thing is that nothing costs over $8.50!! For in between times they have yummy sounding tarts, scones, muffins, friands, slices and sweet little cupcakes for kidlets. Once again all so cheap. The High Tea sounds awesome. For $10.00 a kids high tea consists of nuggets or sandwich fingers; mixed fruit, a cupcake & a kids size milkshake! The adults version comes with finger sandwiches, sweet treats, scones and either a Witham's Coffee or pot of T2 tea. All high teas need to be booked in advance. Apparently you can even have a high tea birthday party here!
We had arrived in time for lunch so I ordered a ham sandwich for my bored babe and I think it was the first time any cafe we have dined at, has asked if we would prefer the crusts on or off the sandwich! Of course my boy wanted the crusts off as he doesn't believe me when I tell him if he eats his crusts he will grow hairs on his chest! (Parents of girls - what white lies do you tell them to make them eat their crusts?). Anyway you can choose what type of bread you would like the sandwiches to be served on as well. To drink he had a pop top juice - kids size milkshakes and babycinos are also available. Oh and the babycinos are absolutely FREE!
The adults had the best ever chicken salad sandwich as well as quiche lorraine which came with a crunchy side salad. The food was fresh and tasty and served very quickly. Service the whole time was brilliant - the lady in charge was so bright and bubbly and I get the feeling that nothing would ever be too much trouble for her. She needs to start up her own hospitality school to teach a thing or two to some of the younger members of the industry that we encounter regularly in this hipster city of ours.
After we finished our lunch we dragged the boy away from his toy box and out into the nursery. I think he now considers nurseries to be quite cool spaces as the Plant Bug has very cool brightly coloured metal sculptures all around the nursery and we went on a mission to find every single one! I was then begged to buy him the cool scarecrow for the vegie patch but I much prefer the balloon for our outdoor area....mmmm might have to write a letter to Santa for both. If you need any garden advice just ask one of the friendly nursery staff, they were all ever so obliging - must be something in the water up at Mt Colah!
I'm very keen to go back to the Ladybird Cafe to try one of their high teas. I think I will be doing that next time my nursery loving Mumma is in town. I will also drag along my boys as I know they will be entertained by the box of toys in the cafe and I also want to road test the kids high tea - I'm sure it will be awesome!
525 Pacific Hwy, Mt Colah NSW 2079
Open 7 days 9am - 4pm