Collingwood Children's Farm

8 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC

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  • 03 9417 5806
The cute mini-ploughman's lunch.
The cute mini-ploughman's lunch. Photo: Eddie Jim

Larissa Dubecki

WHERE AND WHAT

Some people voiced concern at news the cafe at the Collingwood Children's Farm was undergoing a makeover, but fear not: it has lost none of the rough-and-ready rustic charm, and the menu has received a good spruce-up. A win on both counts. Above a bend in the Yarra River, near the historic Abbotsford Convent, faced by the towering eucalypt-covered bank on the other side, the cafe has that bucolic thing all sewn up. After lunch you can take a look around the convent or pay the entrance fee to the farm ($8 adults, $4 children, $16 families).

WHERE TO SIT

The farm cafe appeals to adults and children alike.
The farm cafe appeals to adults and children alike. Photo: Eddie Jim

The cafe is open to the elements but is covered from the sun and rain, and is as kid-friendly as it gets thanks to the sturdy wooden furniture, a gravelly ground topping underfoot that soaks up any spills and the new configuration, which makes it harder for the small ones to escape in search of adventure. Half the fun is getting there: the cafe is right on the bike path, so pedal power is king, but if you must drive, a note on the parking: if you want to use the pay car park opposite the convent, have your $6 in coins ready on entry or that boom-gate won't be opening.

WHEN TO GO

Every day, 9am to 4pm; from 8am on market days (second Saturday of the month).

DRINK

The cafe is unlicensed but there's coffee and tea from 5 Senses, and it does a roaring trade in babycinos ($1 a pop, and huge), although discerning toddlers might go for the slushy frozen apple juice. Milkshakes and chai are also popular.

EAT

Breakfasts are big and well put together, using suppliers including Dench bread, Gamekeepers free-range bacon, Yarra Valley Dairy goat's cheese and produce from Schulz organic farms. The farmers' breakfast includes bubble and squeak with beef sausages, poached eggs and tomato relish; quinoa makes an appearance with the ''green eggs'', and the Melba features poached peach and raspberries with grilled brioche. Smoked trout makes a glorious lunch-time nicoise, while a hearty vegetable pie with herbed 'slaw is all-organic. On the kids' menu, a cute mini-ploughman's lunch features good-quality ham, cheese, bread and butter, and fruit, with a little paper bag of crisps.

WHO'S THERE

Children, naturally enough. But on market days it's hectic with shoppers toting calico bags and trolleys full of organic produce.

WHY BOTHER?

A sweet cafe with noble values in a gorgeous spot that feels a million miles from the city.

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8 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC

  • 03 9417 5806
  • Opening Hours - Every day, 9am to 4pm; from 8am on market days (second Saturday of the month).
  • Author - Larissa Dubecki
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2 comments so far

  • A great place but the parking is a nightmare.

    Commenter
    Catherine
    Location
    Date and time
    March 25, 2013, 10:58AM
  • One of us had the Ploughman's Lunch at $17. It came with a single slice of bread cut in half and I gotta say that no ploughman I know would be satisfied after such a poultry offering.

    Location is lovely, service was fast and friendly, coffee was good and I would definitely go back but order something else.

    Commenter
    CuteCafes
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    March 25, 2013, 1:28PM

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