Great spot, shame about service blips
The BLT from Cavells Cafe and Bar.
The Cavell’s menu has a good mix of traditional breakfast and lunch meals – from big breakfasts and bagels to eggs benedict, fish and chips, pork belly salad, wraps and a selection of snacks (including a ploughman’s platter for two). There’s also plenty of goodies in the cabinet as well.
The toasted BLT (thick sliced farmhouse loaf filled with crispy bacon, sliced tomato, lettuce and aioli. Served with fries for $16.50) was the pick of the day among the adults. The takers in our group munched in and, while questioning the description of the bread, enjoyed their sandwich.
Suze was pleased with the many gluten-free options and elected a good-old steak burger (tender steak served on a lightly roasted bun with lettuce, aioli, barbecue sauce, tomato, caramelised onion, free range egg and beetroot relish, served with fries for $18). She commented that the bun was excellent (apparently that’s not often the case with gluten-free) and the sandwich was packed full. In fact, the condiments were possibly a little overdone as she found it difficult to negotiate the massive mouthful.
My own Cavell’s Wrap – filled with mesculin salad, carrot, red onion and cheese with grilled smoked chicken, bacon and pesto ($13) – was fine but not what I was hoping for. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was missing for me but it needed a little burst of another flavour to make my taste buds sing.
The children mostly chose the kids basket (chicken chippies, fish bites and fries with tomato sauce for $8.50) and all happily got into on a large plate each. There were other children’s options available including a cheese toasted sandwich with fries ($7.50) and toast with jam and peanut butter ($6.50).
One of the 7-year-olds decided to instead get cheese rolls from the cabinet and enjoyed her meal before helping her sister get through the chips.
Orders go in at the counter and we were a sizeable group so it took a while to get us all sorted. We were happy to relax at our table once complete and wait for the drinks to turn up – which they did, all except my glass of wine. As the meals began to arrive I asked for it again and it arrived. Unlike my meal. So I had a bit of time to enjoy my wine and watch everyone else eat. Then I asked about my meal, which came another five minutes later.
There was also quite a bit of difficulty in splitting the bill after our meal also but persistence from some older staff members saw that sorted.
Cavells has got a fabulous spot, just outside of town, with room to move and action to enjoy. The menu offers a bit of everything for breakfast and lunch and the large number of gluten-free options makes it a good choice for some. While staff were friendly and helpful there were a few hiccups in service on the day we visited.
A chicken, bacon and pesto wrap from Cavells.
A steak burger with gluten free buns.