Great spot, shame about ser­vice blips

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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.

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