Chatting with the charming owner of The Pint of Milk (also the owner of the popular Pickle Barrel in Williamstown), he states that he doesn’t want to be seen to be specifically “kid-friendly” (like for example the nearby Leroy’s, also in Newport) as they are just a normal cafe where all are welcome… ie: he doesn’t want to discriminate (against people with kids) but also doesn’t want to scare others off (those without kidlets). That said, as a parent himself, little ones are still made welcome with friendly and attentive staff and highchairs are provided.
But there are no changing facilities, no basket of toys or jars of crayons, no specific kids menu, (and I have heard that they are not super keen on offering half serves either), and babycino’s are $1.50 with no marshmallows on the side… which unfortunately got the thumbs down from our little one who loves her “marshie” as a special treat with her “cino”.
Treats are aplenty here, with old school milkshakes, and a big selection of baked goodies all made on site. From Smartie cookies that the kids will love, to macaroons for the Maman’s, and cakes, giant muffins, brownies and tarts.
Quality ingredients, beautiful presentation, and simple yet interesting menu items (eg: spiced chickpea, tomato and cumin cassoulet, poached eggs, hazlenut dukkah, flatbread and sumac labne – how good does that sound?) make this cafe a real winner with foodie families. Five Senses coffee, Bonsoy, Jonesy’s Dairy and a fancy-pants coffee machine complete the package.
And with a nod to it’s milkbar heritage, you can still pop past to pick up the weekend papers, a pint of milk, and a loaf of bread.
If your little ones are easy-going, adaptable, well-behaved and are used to eating out, then this is a fine choice for a parent-pleasing family brunch at one of the hot new spots in town. And if they are more of the energetic, boisterous, larger than life variety, then maybe head to Newport Park right across the road first to let off some steam, or bribe them with one of the old-school $1 lolly bags that are displayed in a huge jar on the counter.