We decided to take the scenic route home from the airport recently (actually I just got lost) and somehow we ended up in Ashbury in the inner west of Sydney. The boys were grumpy and hungry in the back of the old Hyundai, so luckily my cafe infested brain remembered that there was a cafe in the area that I had on my list to try out - the kid friendly Pilgrim Cafe to be exact.
Pilgrim Cafe occupies a corner location in suburban Ashbury, which offers a reasonable amount of street parking for patrons of the cafe. The front of Pilgrim has pretty planter boxes and bright coloured chairs and the interior is dominated by a long black board featuring the coffee making process. Pilgrim is on the smallish size as far as cafes go, so there isn't a load of space for prams inside. However there are a couple of tables outside as well as high chairs available to restrain little bottoms. The staff are really accommodating, so if you must have your pram with you and the cafe isn't too busy, I'm sure they will do their best to find some space inside.
When we dined at lunch time, we were lucky enough to score the table right in front of the kids toy and book shelf. There's colouring in, a range of books and a few toys to keep kidlets occupied whilst you are dining. Apparently the owners have 4 kids, so it is obvious that they understand the demands of eating out with offspring. When you use their loo facilitates you will see what I mean as it is spacious, contains a baby change table and even has baby wipes!
As soon as we sat down we were given table water with melamine cups (tick) and our drinks order was taken. Coffee of course for me, and one babycino just to see if it was on point or not! I'm not sure what coffee beans they use at Pilgrim but golly gosh the barista makes a fabulous brew from them. My skim flatie was perfect and if I hadn't already had too many caffeine fixes earlier in the day, I would have ordered a second one. The babycino will set you back a buck, and it comes with the obligatory marshmallow. And if your little tackers prefer milkshakes, they cost $3.50 and also come with a marshmallow!
Our darling kidlets have their very own menu at the Pilgrim Cafe. They can munch on an Egg with Bacon & Toast Soldiers, Ham & Cheese Toasties, Penne Napoletana, or Fish & Chips. The menu ranges from $7.00 - $10.00 and there is also Ice Cream with Topping available for dessert. My little munchers filled their tummies with the very cheesy toasty and the penne - perfect homely food that kept them going all afternoon.
For my lunch I was a good girl and chose the Grilled Chicken Salad - this is such a perfect salad for autumn! Not too large but not too small, it's the perfect portion size. The tasty grilled chicken sat atop a mix of rocket leaves, lentils, fetta, roasted almonds and sweet potato. The sweet potato could have perhaps been cooked for a wee bit longer, but other than that it is most definitely the perfect lunch time choice. If salad ain't your thang, you could try Pork Meatballs with Corn Salsa & Wedges; Pork Belly on Brioche; Beef Burger with Beetroot Relish, Fries & Aioli; or lastly a Penne with Braised Vegetable Ragu. It's a small menu but I think it covers most dietary preferences perfectly - they also can cater for vegans, coeliacs and dairy free diets.
The all day breakfast menu at Pilgrim is small but perfectly formed as well, (just like the cafe itself) with either the Corn Fritters with Bacon, Haloumi, & home made Tomato Relish or the French Toast Brioche with Maple Syrup, Cinnamon Ricotta, Strawbs & Coulis being my picks next time we return.
Now there is a decent playground just up the road (5 minute walk) from the Pilgrim Cafe. So I suggest that at the end of your visit, you grab a takeaway and head up there to tire your kidlets out. The playground is in Peace Park (Trevenar St) and it is under shade sails. There is parking available as well as toilet facilities and loads of green space for crazy children to run around.
Next door to the Pilgrim Cafe is an amazing little joint called the Tart Sisters. They sell delicious little sweet and savoury morsels - so make sure you pop in and pick up something to take home for later when the kidlets are asleep x
12 Holden St, Ashbury NSW
Open Tues - Sun: 7.30am - 4.00pm
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