At the back of the Flower Power nursery in Orchard Hills you will find a hidden little gem called the Little House of Coffee. It reminds a wee bit of the Little House on the Prairie and I almost expected Melissa Gilbert (Laura) to run out and greet us when we first arrived - I'm showing my age now aren't I!
The Little House of Coffee is very quaint and occupies an idyllic garden setting thanks to all of the beautiful greenery and flowers of the nursery. The sunny outisde tables are perfect on a Winter's day and also an ideal spot to sit with kids who like to wander around (perhaps don't let your little ones pick all the flowers as the plants are obviously for sale). There is a special little table just for little people with a checker board top too, so kidlets can have their very own tea party.
If you prefer to sit inside there are more tables and comfy chairs to sit in, and you will even find some games for kids to play with. No matter where you sit, the access for prams is super easy and there is heaps of room to park them too - Mums groups will love this. You will find high chairs and also a baby change table in the outside toilet block, so the Little House of Coffee ticks so many of the kid friendly boxes.
The Little House of Coffee pride themselves on their home cooked food, but it's really all about the cupcakes here. I've been drooling over their social media pages which are full of amazing looking concoctions every single week! On the morning we visited the delectable looking Cherry Ripe Delight was on offer, so they were promptly ordered for my ravenous young lads. There are all sorts of other sweet treats available too, so make sure you pop inside the cafe to see what's been recently baked, as the selections change quite often.
Being typical kids, the boys only ate the topping and icing of the cupcakes when they arrived on the table. I had a sneaky bite of the cake itself, and whilst it had a lovely flavour, it had the texture of being refrigerated for just a little bit too long in my opinion. So I was very glad that I had ordered my passionfruit cheesecake slice, as it was basically like a slice of heaven. The consistency of each layer in the slice was perfect, and the little berry compote on the side complimented the slice very nicely indeed.
They use Delano beans from Wollongong in their coffee at the Little House of Coffee. The coffee was good, but I like a nice strong brew, so I think when we visit again I may ask for a double shot. The babycino was full of foam and came with a marshmallow on top (and from memory it was free or almost free, but don't quote me on that). For the non caffeine addicts amongst you there is a decent selection of teas as well as hot chockies, creamy milkshakes and smoothies on offer.
As we visited for morning tea we didn't sample the Little House of Coffee's Lil Gardeners Menu. The menu doubles as a colouring sheet which should keep bored little people occupied. The menu is really reasonable and I LOVE that you can get a snack plate that has fruit, veggie sticks, cheese & crackers on it for $5.00 and that price even includes a pop top juice! Well done Little House of Coffee.
If you dine at breakfast or lunch, the big people's menu looks really delish. Pancake Dippers and Red Velvet French Toast sound like a fabulous way to start your day. And at lunch time healthy salads, burgers, soup, bruschetta, sliders and BLTs are available for you to full your beautiful bellies with. And the menu is all reasonably priced which is another bonus.
Now I've heard on the grapevine that there are plans afoot for a playground near the cafe too, which will make the Little House of Coffee one of the most kid friendly of cafes in the Penrith area that is for sure x
CNR Northern Rd & Castle Rd
Orchard Hills (Penrith)
Mon - Sun: 8.30am - 4.30pm