We started camping as a family this year, and our first night was a semi disaster. It rained, and it rained, and then it rained some more, and as we were camping beside a river, I was on "nervous flood patrol all night", and didn't sleep a wink. So when we got up the next morning to see that it was still raining and as a result could not start our camp fire, I gave the father of my children that "look". You know the one. The look of "if I don't have some caffeine soon, this day ain't going to end too well". So as quick as a flash flood, we all jumped into our trusty old hyundai, and headed to the closest town (Gloucester) in search of coffee and general sustenance.
Gloucester is a picturesque country town surround by lush farms, open spaces and, of course, the Barrington Tops. The town is full of lovely shops as well as cafes that serve up some quality coffee and nosh. We've stayed in the area before and had an excellent experience at Roadies Cafe - so that is where we headed. Upon arrival we discovered that we were not the only unhappy campers who were seriously in need of a caffeine fix that morning, as the place was packed with city folk dressed in their "outdoorsy" wear.
We had to sit on an outside table and luckily the rain stayed away long enough for us to devour our breakfast. Roadies Cafe has a motorcycle theme happening throughout its interior. There are actual motorbikes inside the cafe, as well as loads of paraphernalia around the place which reflects the kind of "Easy Rider" influence. There is a sign on the door welcoming members of the Ulysses Motorbike Club (don't worry these are the good mannered grey haired bikies, not the scary ones) and then right under that is a sign welcoming Breastfeeding Mummas! So families are definitely welcomed with open arms too. There are high chairs, easy access for prams, toilet facilites (no baby change table) and an excellent kids menu.
The kids menu also doubles as an activity sheet to keep our little people occupied. And there is a separate breakfast and lunch menu for kidlets. To start the day, they can munch on toast with spreads; muesli; pancakes, eggs on toast or bacon & eggs on toast. They also have babycinos, kids size milkshakes and juices, as well as hot chocolates to quench thirsty little throats. I was very pleased to see the boys juices arrive in disposable cups too.
For breakfast, one of our lads sampled the pancakes and the other had the toast with peanut butter. The pancakes received the big thumbs up - light and fluffly, served with the maple syrup on the side. The toast however was a wee bit disappointing as it was only one slice - however for $5.50 I was wondering where the rest of the loaf was. Another slice would be ideal for that price (in my humble but valued opinion).
So what did we eat? Well after a rough night in the tent, Mr Munch was in need of the Roadies Big Breakfast. This dish is sure to satisfy the heartiest of appetites, as it is full of eggs, bacon, worstershire & pepper sausages, buttered mushies, grilled tomatoes, hash browns and toast (plus some green stuff to even out the colour palette). Now at $25.00 (inc $3.50 extra for hash browns) this meal ain't cheap, but it was exactly what was required to soothe a growling belly. The Pesto Poached Eggs with Smoked Bacon ($16.90) was my choice. It was quite yummy, with the eggs being perfectly poached and the smoked bacon was full of flavour. I just wasn't a fan of the beetroot glaze however that accompanied it. There are also pancakes, porridge and a few other breakfast staples on the menu for you to choose from.
At lunch time you can have everything from a basic sandwich to a hearty burger, or even fish and chips. And on Friday and Saturday evenings they serve up wood fired pizzas! So Roadies would be a great place to have a family dinner too. Our caffeine fix came in the way of Belaroma flat whites. Now I don't find Belaroma beans have the the same strength and flavour of caffeine as some of my preferred beans do, but the coffees we were served, most certainly satisfied our cravings that morning.
Actually we had to wait for our coffees, as it just so happened, that the morning we dined at Roadies there was a guy filming a piece for Visit Gloucester about moving to the area. And we ended up in the video! All because we just happened to be sitting outside the cafe. So our little fambam (looking like something that the cat dragged in), were filmed being served (fake) coffee and chatting away about nothing in particular with a few very forced smiles and "Thank Yous". After quite a few takes, filming stopped and we finally got our real coffee. The video is about how great Gloucester is to visit and live in. And yes it is definitely a great place to visit, as it is a simply stunning area - although perhaps not so much when it is raining and you spend the weekend sheltering (shivering) in a tent x
77 Church St, Gloucester NSW
Open 7 days from 7.30am