Oliver’s Garden Cafe is ideal for families with young children because of its awesome outdoor playground. Sitting outside you can keep on eye on them whilst savouring your coffee. Inside the heritage listed building, which is like an old country homestead, it is quite small and cosy, with room for just a couple of prams. It was warm and relaxed, and the crackling open fire and the cruisy jazz playing in the background added to the casual country-esque vibe.
Little ones can tuck into some fairy bread as well as special kids sandwiches or toasties with all the usual fillings eg: ham and cheese or peanut butter and honey, mini sausage rolls, chippies (yes, the fried variety), spaghetti bolognese, or eggs on sourdough toast. There are also all kinds of sweet treats to indulge in from mini cupcakes to lemon slice, to chocolate fudge brownies to freshly baked muffins.
This cafe is very well-equipped for families, with highchairs, baby change facilities, coloured plastic tumblers for the kids drinks, a good little kids menu, and of course the awesome location in the centre of Queen’s Park overlooking the lake. There is a playground right next door, a window in the cafe to order from outside, and plenty of tables outside so you can enjoy your Di Bella coffee in the fresh air, and watch over the kids safely playing in the playground.
There is also another playground (newer, more adventure playground style) just a little further around the lake. Then there are the ducks, geese, birds and other wildlife around that you can look at and learn about, just please don’t feed them as the signs say… as it is not good for their tummies. (Feeding them bread causes poor bone development, malnutrition and excessive thirst).
Because of the location, this cafe is truly family friendly, and would go off in summer, when everyone is out and about rocking the park! A great spot to visit when you all need to re-fuel or a hit of caffeine, and the little ones need to burn some energy and run wild.
Oliver’s Garden also offer traditional high teas with all the trimmings – ribbon sandwiches, macaroons, cupcakes, scones and bubbly, (perhaps a nice treat for a baby shower, Mother’s Day, or even something fun to do with a group of other Mummies). They also offer kids birthday parties too.