So the blokes who run the uber cool Baron in Castle Hill have teamed up with a footy bloke (Nathan Hindmarsh) to open this fab little joint called The Tuckshop in the suburban shops at Glenhaven. I've never reviewed the Baron on Little Munch and I'm not going to. The Baron is MY little cafe that I go to, by myself, when my children are at school. Sometimes one just has to be selfish as a mother!
I wanted to be just as selfish about the Tuckshop, but then I read that there was a playground 15m away from it and that there was also some hopscotch action happening inside the cafe. So I had to relent and drag the little bulls along at 7am on a Sunday morning. Now at 7am on a Sunday morning most normal people are still fast asleep snuggled under the doona, but not our household. Oh no, that is just wasting valuable time when one could be up watching Ben 10 or riding crazily around the verandah on a scooter or throwing a rugby ball over the front fence for the umpteenth time, just for the sheer fun of it!
I had also read that the Tuckshop has been so popular that the queues were huge and as a result they had sold out of food on occasion. As we were up and at em and as the Tuckshop is up and at em at 6am everyday, we were breakfasting in Glenhaven by 7am. From the road, the Tuckshop looks quite unassuming. It's located in a set of suburban shops. There is a decent amount of parking right in front of the cafe - unfortunately this car park is in between the cafe and the playground.
If you have little ones this will be an issue - you can't sit and enjoy your morning cup of joe whilst your kiddliwinks are in the playground. However if your kids are older and are traffic aware this may be ok, but your visual of the playground is limited when the car park is full. The Tuckshop also have a vegie patch with a watering can so the kids can take turns in watering to occupy them for a wee while. But perhaps don't let them pick the vegies, or shred the vegies plants to pieces (as I have witnessed kids doing) as I don't think chef will be too impressed.
The Tuckshop has seating both inside and out - with the best seating for families being outside as there is quite a bit of space. Inside there is a large communal table and bar seating along one side of the interior - there is plenty of room for prams and access is relatively easy. However I'm thinking that it's probably a smarter option to get takeaways and head to the park. That way your kids won't be running off on you the whole time. All of the Tuckshop's food is served in disposable containers, so it's easy to transport across the way. There is also a basket of picnic rugs inside - grab one and head over to the park for a full picnic experience or just sit at one of the picnic tables in the park.
When we arrived at 7am we most definitely beat the queues - we were the only customers! The 3 happy chaps that own the place were there, as well as some kitchen staff - no sign of Hindy although, he was no doubt at home still under the doona (actually I doubt that as he has 3 little blokes of his own). The interior is very cute indeed. White washed walls with some sweet blue and yellow graphics and a huge sign welcoming you to Glenhaven are painted on the walls. Grab a menu from where it says "Menu Here" have a quick peruse and then jump along the hopscotch on the floor and place your order at the counter.
Once you have paid, you take a table number and go and find a seat. As we were the only customers every seat was available and our coffee and food came very quickly. The menu is limited - it is a tuckshop after all, and they have both healthy and not so healthy items available. We had the bacon and egg rolls ($11) which were very tasty - instead of the usual sauce, there was an excellent tomato and onion jam on the roll as well as some avocado. Other items for breakfast include the "tradie roll" the above roll with a hash brown smashed inside it; toast with assorted spreads; banana bread and muesli with yoghurt and fruit. They also serve avo on toast which would be my choice when we return - the avo is served up with house made labneh, tomato and dhukka served on top of Sonoma soy and linseed bread - sounds oh so yum.
There is a little tuckers menu which is includes Muesli and Banana Bread as well as Chicken Nuggets and a Little Tucker Box which is full of yummy things that kids will love to eat. And it's not the mass produced, straight out of the freezer into the deep fryer kind of food either. It's just simple food done well. Babycinos, kids size shakes and a help yourself water station are available to quench the little people's thirst. And if your kids love donuts, they normally have a stash of the amazing Woah Nelly Donuts available too.
If you brave the crowds and turn up at lunch time, the Tuckshop create some mean looking burgers, salads and chips - the old bay seasoned chips are meant to be seriously good as are their dude food southern fried wings. They also have a selection of cookies and muffins available if you are just after coffee and a treat. Now the coffee is brilliant as I knew it would be - I've never had a bad drop at the Baron. I'm just trying to work out now how much longer the school run would be in the morning if I wanted to swing by the Tuckshop for my daily cup of joe!
If you aren't a caffeine freak then you can slurp on some yummy sounding milkshakes or maybe try the freaky looking green smoothie - you can even have a fresh coconut if you are trying to look hip and happening.
It is absolutely brilliant that the Tuckshop has opened in Glenhaven. I totally agree with their motto "where it's not the city and you couldn't care less." Just because we choose to live out here in the burbs shouldn't mean that we have to travel an age to get access to cool cafes serving awesome coffee and tucker. The Tuckshop is getting a lot of press - so I think the queues will be there to stay, so may I suggest you get up early and get out there or be prepared for takeaways in the park x
Shop 1/78 Glenhaven Rd, Glenhaven NSW
Open 7 days from 6am