I was never particularly fond of Maths at school, logarithms, equations and formulas bored me to tears. To be honest with you, I'd have absolutely no clue how to do a logarithm these days but one formula I completely understand is: good coffee + good food + playground = 1 happy Mumma! I travelled to Lilyfield to put this formula to the test recently and I found the correct answer at The Local Press - yet another child friendly cafe in Sydney.
The Local Press is located on the very busy Balmain Road, it occupies the corner position in the small Orange Grove Plaza row of shops right next to a children's playground. When you arrive you will notice the funky green black and white signage. I suggest if you are arriving by car to park in a back street such as Point St, as it is quite tricky unloading kids and yourself from your car if you park on Balmain Road (insert big buses zoom by frequently). Your kids will no doubt head straight for the playground and ask to be pushed on a swing - ignore them - and get yourself a coffee ASAP.
The coffee at Local Press is amazing, they have their very own roastery! When you walk inside you will see the sleek machine that is in charge of producing the beautiful roasted beans that create the coffee that you will slurp on. Your coffee will be served in a charming duck egg blue coffee cup which seems to be all the rage these days in cafes in Sydney.
We dined at breakfast. Whilst there isn't a specific kids menu there are loads of options for your little tackers to consume. Our boys munched on freshly baked croissants whilst sipping on their strawberry milkshakes that came in kid friendly sizes. There was an assortment of other freshly baked treats that kids would love as well, like muffins and chocolate croissants. The main menu also features home made crumpets with berries which I'm sure would be a winner with most kidlets.
For us Mummas and Pappas, the brekkie menu was very tempting indeed and reasonably priced. Mr Munch breakfasted on his usual bacon and egg (brioche) roll and it ticked all of the required bacon and egg roll boxes.
And I had the most divine buckwheat crepes that were stuffed full of spiced ricotta and topped with fresh mango, syrup, shredded mint, coconut and caramelised pepitas - such a perfect way to start a summer's day! If you are just after coffee and a small treat there are big jars on the front counter full of yummy looking cookies as well as a lovely little selection of tarts in the cabinet. For lunch time diners there are some interesting sounding salads and sambos and your wallet will heave a sigh of relief as most meals at The Local Press hover around the $10 - $15 mark.
Service was fast, friendly and efficient, the staff took the the time for a chat with everyone, both locals and ring ins like us. The Local Press is very popular with the take away coffee crowd. I presume on Saturdays they would be packed as the excellent Orange Grove Markets are just a block away in the grounds of the local public school (the home of formulas and equations). Likewise I'm sure The Local Press is packed after the school run during the year.
There is seating inside and out, obviously you will choose an outside seat in order to keep an eye on your kiddliwinks in the playground and also so you can do the mandatory push of the swing, however you still have a view of the playground from inside the cafe. There are high chairs and a small loo inside (complete with lovely Aesop hand wash).
So dear parents do you agree with my formula and can you still do a logarithm?
19/331 Balmain Rd, Lilyfield NSW
Summer Hours: Mon - Sat from 6am