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Avalon of Woodside

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published January 31st 2013
Just your cup of tea or coffee
Having only visited Woodside once or twice before, I was really looking forward to having lunch at Avalon of Woodside, as well as having a bit of a sticky beak through the shops in the main street.

We found Avalon easily - it's situated in the main street and sits majestically elevated back from the main road.

Avalon of Woodside (Špaula mcmanus)
Avalon of Woodside


The building is magnificent - built in the style of a French mansion. What a surprise to learn that it's only 1 year old! The building fits so well with the town that you'd swear it's been there for a century or more.

Avalon of Woodside (Špaula mcmanus)
Avalon of Woodside


A big sign over the door announced that they were open! So, after much oohing and aaahhhing over the fabulous chairs and water features in the front garden, we were welcomed into Avalon by owners Loraine and Lani, a terrific mother and daughter team.

Avalon of Woodside (Špaula mcmanus)
Avalon of Woodside


The interior is casual and comfy. There is a warm and friendly feel to the place. I wasn't at all surprised to hear that Loraine and Lani know their customers first names. I think they have quite a following in Woodside! The cafe is filled with the most beautiful and reasonably priced giftware range I've seen in one place. We spent so much time looking at everything that my locally made Bull Creek Pie nearly went cold. It didn't though. I enjoyed eating it to the last crumb! I chose the lentil based vegetarian pie and my friend Di said she loved her beef curry version.

Avalon of Woodside (Špaula mcmanus)
Avalon of Woodside


Avalon are passionate about supporting locals. Their menu is made up of dishes that are produced either in their own kitchen or within the local area. The chutney from Beerenberg is now on my shopping list.

After a small amount of convincing (i.e. none), we chose our desserts from the glass display. Di chose the Raspberry and Coconut slice and I chose the Baked Cheesecake with lemon curd - made in the kitchen at Avalon. When you go to their cafe, I would say that you absolutely must have this cheesecake. On my notes taken during the lunch, I've written "to die for" and I mean it. It is seriously good.

Avalon of Woodside (Špaula mcmanus)
Avalon of Woodside


Woodside is a small town in the Adelaide Hills, only a few minutes up the freeway from Adelaide and just a stones throw from Hahndorf.

We had a really pleasant couple of hours and we're already planning a return visit.
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Why? Coffee and Cake
When: open 7 days a week
Phone: 0415 176 763
Where: Woodside, Adelaide Hills
Your Comment
Lovely photos as always Paula. And looks like a perfect spot for a nice afternoon tea.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2479 days ago
Looks gorgeous - must plan a trip to go there and also stock up on cheese.
by Justc (score: 2|139) 2477 days ago
Sounds like a really lovely spot to sip a coffee and browse for eye candy. The next time I'm in Woodside, I will have to drop by there--and get that yummy cheesecake!
by Kim (score: 1|18) 2473 days ago
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