First stop, a big breakfast upstairs in the cafe, sitting on the verandah taking in the beautiful view, enjoying the fresh air and feeling the sunshine on our faces. Second stop another round of coffee’s, babycino’s and a sneaky gingerbread man, this time take-away from the kiosk downstairs. Third stop, down by the river, feeding the ducks, the geese and the annoying pigeons. Then lots of walking, playing, laughing, chasing, a trip across the swing bridge (don’t look down between the cracks – aahhhh!), and lots of sliding and swinging in the playground on the other side of the river.
Upstairs in the cafe, you’ll find highchairs, baby change facilities, ample space for prams (after just a few steps to get upstairs), accommodating staff that are clearly used to groups and families, and a couple of special menu items for the tiny patrons – kids hotcakes with ice-cream and maple syrup or kid’s eggs on toast with bacon and a hash-brown.
And for us adults, the breakkie menu includes the famous Rowers breakfast which is pretty much everything a big, burly rower (or a sleep deprived Daddy) would need to keep them going all day – eggs anyway, toast, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms and hash-browns. There’s also scrambled eggs with salmon, gluten free corn cakes with avocado and ricotta, house-made buttermilk pancakes and a selection of freshly baked pastries and fruit breads.
The cafe is a lovely spot for breakfast, lunch or even Devonshire tea, but due to the beautiful surrounds and slightly touristy nature of the venue it can get busy, so it’s a good idea to try and plan ahead and make a booking on weekends.
The Kiosk downstairs is a much more casual affair, where the service is fast, and coffee’s are served in take-away cups. Walk up to the counter, place your order, and in return you get one of those funky buzzers (a la Brunettis) that will beep when your order is ready. To munch on, treats include muffins, biscuits, cakes, slices, croissants, pastries and gingerbread men. And for lunch or something a little more substantial choose from ham and cheese toasties, pre-made baguettes and sandwiches and pies. And in true kiosk form, there’s ice-creams and lollies.
Studley Park Boathouse is a little oasis for families, in the heart of inner city suburb Kew. It offers urban families a little slice of country life in a very relaxed setting. The food and coffee here is fine – not outstanding or “wow factor”, but totally fine. A visit here should be more about the “experience” and the total package, not just the food and coffee, because as a whole, this really is a great spot for little ones and offers something a little bit different.
A super spot for a Mother’s Group mid-week coffee catch-up, a weekend picnic or BBQ with a group of other families, a special occasion Sunday lunch or Devonshire Tea, or just a nice breakfast with hubby and the kids and a good way to spend a few hours together enjoying the great outdoors.
Oh, and being a boathouse, of course there is boat-hire too!