Friday, 29 January 2016

The Willows, Willoughby

The Willows at Willoughby was listed on a mums and bubs website that my sister-in-law frequently visits, and since we have a mutual love of food she sent me the link and asked me for a play date months ago. This week we finally managed to get there.

It didn't disappoint. The staff were so welcoming to all of us, even with our need for two high-chairs for my girls and room for my nephew's pram.The children were treated like the customers that they are, with the waitress taking the time to understand my two year olds order, and all the staff were smart enough not to put things in reach of my ten month old's go-go-gadget arms.

That said, this is not the place for a long lunch with the kids, because there isn't any where for toddlers to stretch their legs when mums want to keep talking, but the meals are perfect value for money, with plenty of options for the children...and they are made to feel special.

The all day breakfast is a winner. I had tomato, avocado and goats cheese on toast ($12), and chose to add two poached eggs for $4. I should have thought to state that I like SOFT poached eggs...when did hard poached eggs become the norm? It certainly isn't at my house, and it is something that annoys me when I'm out. My sister-in-law got the pancakes which were a cute little portion size, and looked adorable on the plate-no, we didn't manage to get a photo of that plate too, we have three babies. Lara and Olivia very happily shared spelt banana bread, and the best part of this was that the waitress suggested that one serving would probably be enough for them to share, she was right.

They serve Gabrielle Coffee which is a crowd pleaser, and on leaving we saw that they make the cutest little kids milkshakes in mini glass milk bottles. They have Lara's name on them for next time. It really is the small things that make a big difference. The staff at this cafe pride themselves on good old hospitality and it shows. It was a pleasure visiting.

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