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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published July 8th 2013
Heading down to your local for coffee

There is a nostalgia about local milk bars. They were once a focal point in a community. You didn't drive there, you walked, chatting to neighbours in their gardens along the way. On a hot night the whole family would meander down to buy an ice-cream.

Kids rode their bikes, divvying out their meagre pocket money on musk sticks, raspberries and clinkers. They left clutching little white, paper bags stuffed full of shrewdly chosen booty that maximised every penny.

Large supermarkets and convenience stores squeezed a lot of these corner stores out of business. Now it's about getting in the car and popping in on the way home from work often miles away from where you live.

Which brings me to a recently opened cafe - Adeney - which started life as an old corner milk bar.

Image from Adeney Facebook

Owners, brother and sister James and Cat Laskie grew up just around the corner so perhaps they had visions of seeing their old childhood haunt revitalised.

And it has certainly worked a charm. People come from all over and they walk there; just like in the old days.

A busy Saturday. Image from Adeney Facebook.

It helps that the cafe is just across the road from Victoria Park. This is a place where locals go to walk their dogs, play tennis, cricket and even croquet. The playground is renowned as having one of Melbourne's longest slides.

The charming little cafe even has a serving window to the outside world where parents can grab a hot coffee before watching their kids play Saturday sport in the freezing cold.

Plus there is lots of outside seating in case you have your pooch with you.

It has a similar feel to Cubbyhouse Canteen in Armadale - click here for a review - in that it is accessible to local families and almost smack bang in the middle of a recreational area.

The inside of Adeney Milk Bar Cafe is rustic and homely. I particularly loved their huge vases of fresh flowers which are apparently chosen in keeping with the season.

I'm a bit of a coffee snob, along with the rest of Melbourne, so can vouch for their great coffee.

While I only had a home made muffin - the pick of the day was coconut - yum - but the food I saw looked interesting and inviting.

It was only a small menu but there were items like chicken pesto pide, toasties and smashed avocado with goat's feta on sour dough -- oh and they serve milk shakes as well. Just like in a traditional milk bar.

But guys I have but one request. Could you bring back the little white lolly bags as well?

These people were here when I went in and still there when I left. Must be a great place to linger over a paper and a coffee.
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When: Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Sat - Sun: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: 9817 3993
Where: 70 Adeney Avenue Kew
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