We've been visiting The Bells Road Social quite often over the last 6 months, making detours on the way to the boy's sporting commitments to grab a coffee or a tasty bite to eat. See, this cafe is probably the best cafe in the NW of Sydney at the moment - and that's a big call! The lovely owners have a strong cafe pedigree, previously owning Long Shot Cafe in Beecroft, and as they are young parents they know exactly the right formula to create the perfect stylish child friendly cafe.
The family friendly necessities are all covered at The Bells Road Social - open early, ample street parking, pram access, spotless high chairs, toilets with baby change facilities and super friendly and fast service. However it's the superior food and coffee that keeps us coming back. And the fact that The Bells Road Social is right across the road from a park, so the boys can run around like little monkeys there whilst we sit back and relax in the cafe. If you have smaller humans in your life you probably shouldn't do this, as the park isn't fenced and there is a laneway between the cafe and park. So your best bet is to grab a picnic rug from the cafe and order your food for take-away.
Now let's talk about the most important meal of the day - coffee! One of our favourite Western Sydney Roasters - Morgans Coffee from Emu Plains, is used at The Bells Road Social. This brew is fabulous. It has the right punch of caffeine needed to keep you going throughout the day, but it isn't so strong that your eyes will pop out. For the kidlets, babycinos and other kid size drinks like milkshakes and juices are available.
Make sure you sample some of The Bells Road Social's food too. The current menu is full of wintery goodness! From hearty pies and salads to the soup of the day, there's all sorts of deliciousness to warm your bellies with. The Grilled Chicken, Chorizo & Kumera Salad with toasted almonds and salad greens is a delight to eat. It's packed full of the 3 main ingredients, and then lighly dressed with an orange and coriander dressing. The Chunky Beef Pot Pie is full of old fashioned beef and veg cooked long and slow, so that it all melts in your mouth. On the side is something naughty and nice - spicy hot chips and a crisp salad. Another favourite of ours is the Lamb and Haloumi on Open Rye, and at breakfast time make sure you order either the Brekky Crumble or the Spinach and Ricotta Toast with bacon, rocket, haloumi & truffle aioli - pure gorgeousness!
On to the offspring. Our kids are very well catered for at both breakfast and lunch time, and we love that the menu includes loads of healthy options like a Fruit Plate and Eggs on Toast to kick the day off. A Grilled Chicken Wrap or Ham & Cheese Toasty with vegie sticks at lunch time will have both the kids and parentals smiling. There are also burgers and fish & chips on offer and the kitchen is happy to substitute vegie sticks for chips - can we please see more of this in Sydney cafes?!
If you are dining in with your kids, stop by the Helping Hands Street Library (outside near the park) on your way in, and borrow a book for the kids to read. Those smart Mummas at Parra Parents in conjunction with the The Bells Road Social have created this little gem and it would be wonderful to see more of them around our suburbs. After your meal there's also a bushwalk you can do as a family - the Vineyard Creek Walk is about 2.5km in length and takes about an hour (perhaps longer if your kids are quite young).
So what are you waiting for? Head to The Bells Road Social now to check out this awesome spot for yourselves. Who know's you'll probably see us there too ~ make sure you come up and say howdy if you do x
1 Bells Road, Oatlands NSW 2117
02 99684 6221
Tue - Fri: 7am - 3pm
Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm
Many thanks to Mel from The Bells Road Social for inviting us to lunch on our most recent visit x