I've always thought that I have a fairly good knowledge of all of the cafes in my neck of the woods in the Hills District of Sydney. But every now and then, I get a little surprise, when I find a little gem that I didn't know existed. The Parkway Diner in Beaumont Hills is one such example. This lovely cafe offers good old fashioned service and delicious food and I'm pleased to say is quite child friendly!
Located on the outside of the Beaumont Hills Shopping Village, the Parkway Diner is what I would describe as an upmarket suburban cafe. We have visited twice now and both times I was surprised at how quiet the cafe was, and it shouldn't be! People of Beaumont Hills, get out of your big houses and get down to the Parkway Diner and support a local business!
I love how pram friendly the Parkway Diner is. Whether you sit inside or out, there is plenty of room to pull up a pram, and there is also space for little ones to wander around safely. There are high chairs available and if you should need them, toilets are located not too far away in the shopping centre (I cannot confirm if there is a baby change table, as each time I have visited the disabled toilet, where I presume the table would be, has been occupied). Parking is also very easy, you just pull up out the front in the shopping centre's car park and walk straight into the Diner. Just inside the front door there is also a toy shelf where you will find puzzles and colouring in to keep the kidlets occupied.
If I had a motto in life, it would probably be "Eat Drink & Be Happy" just like the words on the back wall of the Diner. Whether I'm drinking a coffee or gulping a wine I'm always happy and you can drink both at the Parkway Diner as they are licensed.
Our first dining experience was a Friday lunch. The simple cafe menu is reasonably priced. Mr Munch had the Classic Beef Burger ($12.50), which was your good old fashioned burger with a big juicy home made pattie in the middle. I loved the presentation of the burger wrapped in paper which was attached with a Parkway Diner Sticker. I chose the Chicken Schnitzel, slaw, and mustard sandwich which hit the spot perfectly. The freshly cooked hot chips also deserve a mention - perfectly crunchy on the outside and nicely moist on the inside.
There is a dedicated kids menu for under $8.50 which includes a juice, and the items on the kids menu are fairly typical of what you find in most cafes. Milkshakes, soft drinks, babycinos and spiders, as well as a help yourself water station are also available for your little ones to quench their thirst. Also during school holidays they offer special deals - so like their facebook page to keep yourself updated.
My second visit to the Parkway Diner was for coffee. Just me and my youngest babe. The coffee was fine and in the name of research I had to try one of their muffins - a pear and pecan one to be exact. It was beautifully moist and I think it had a maple syrup type of glaze over the top - the perfect morning tea. My babe had his obligatory babycino ($1.50) which came with two marshmallows and his extra large freckle cookie ($3.50) looked oh so yum, and the greedy little goat hoovered it down so quickly that he didn't even leave me a crumb (I was secretly hoping for a freckle).
I firmly believe we should all support our small local businesses more, as they are usually owned by normal every day Mums and Dads trying to make a living out of doing something they love. Why not try breakfast at the Parkway Diner this weekend?!
So tell me dear parents, are there some other local gems hidden away that Little Munch needs to know about??
Parkway's FB Page
70 The Parkway, Beaumont Hills NSW
Open 7 days from 7.30am