Have you ever walked into a cafe and immediately felt like you are at home? That's the feeling I have when I walk into the Vintage Pantry in Pitt Town. This cafe is just so lovely and so beautifully presented that I feel as though I could stay there all day sipping coffee and flicking through glossy magazines. However on the two occasions I have visited I have been with my offspring and as we all know spending longer than about 20 - 30 minutes in a cafe with kids is virtually impossible.
The Vintage Pantry is owned by a lovely young woman who clearly has great taste. She has furnished the cafe with gorgeous shabby chic furniture, wing back chairs, fresh flowers and quirky little decorative accessories. The cafe is located in the local shops at Pitt Town. There is parking right out the front and you have the choice of sitting inside or out. Pram access is easy as their aren't stairs to contend with and high chairs are also available. Sometimes I worry that beautifully presented cafes may not be that welcoming of kidlets, but that is most definitely not the case at the Vintage Pantry. On both occasions that we visited the boys were welcomed with open arms.
We first dined at the Pantry in its opening week last year. The full menu was not yet in operation so we just had coffee and a snack (and yes their coffee is really good). I decided to visit again a couple of weeks ago when I found myself back out in the Hawkesbury region on a Wednesday. My babe and I had arrived in time for brunch and there was hardly a soul in the place (mothers groups this might be the ideal time for you to visit). I believe that on weekends the placed is packed with locals, so you may need to plan to arrive early and just to let you know, they open from the family friendly hour of 7am. The Pantry also do High Teas and dinners on special occasions such as Valentines day.
Little people have their very own and very reasonably priced Little Pantry menu. From the breakfast menu they can select a fried egg with bacon and toast ($6); a cheese and tomato toasty ($3); or a vegemite toasty ($3). I have neglected to look at the lunch menu which just means that I'll have to pop back again one day soon and try it out. The front counter is full of delicious looking home made cakes, biscuits, muffins, friands and slices that will tempt both little and big people. According to my babe their choc caramel slice ($6) get the big thumbs up. To accompany your child's meal the Village Pantry serve up yummy kid size milkshakes ($3.50), soft drinks ($2.50), juices ($2.50) and babycinos are cheap at just 50 cents.
My favourite breakfast item on the menu at the Vintage Pantry is the Za'atar on Sourdough ($14). Two crusty pieces of toasted sourdough are topped with avocado, feta, roasted cherry tomatoes, black olives and rocket. Drizzled over this deliciousness is a mix of za'atar and olive oil - I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you prefer some protein with your breakfast, then the Breakfast Stack may be more to your liking - bacon, sausages, fried eggs, cheese, grilled tomatoes, rocket and a home made relish come stacked on Turkish bread ($12.90). Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets are all catered for, just ask the staff to point out the best choices for you on the menu.
Now lets talk about the loo. I wish cafe owners all over Sydney would take a look at this delight. Like the rest of the cafe, it is decked out beautifully. It is large in size so you can get a pram in here as well as a couple of kids; it has a baby change table complete with wipes and nappy bags; there is lovely hand wash and hand cream available for you to use when you need to clean yourself up; and it is spotlessly clean. So many cafe's loos are after thoughts and a big dingy and not the sort of place you would like to have some kid free time in flicking through one of those glossy magazines whilst you do your business!
We obviously go to loads of cafes in our travels for Little Munch and whilst the majority of them are fantastic cafes, I don't think I have been to one that has put so much attention into the detail of every aspect of their business as the Vintage Pantry has. I am very much looking forward to the day when I can go out to the Pantry kidlet free and sip loads coffee and flick through those glossy magazines and probably have another of those Za'atar toasts x
So my dear Little Munchers, are you a loo freak like I am? Got any favourite loos that you would like me to know about?
77 Bathurst St, Pitt Town NSW
02 4580 9528
Open 7 days from 7am - 5pm