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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published November 24th 2012
A wise owl knows where the best coffee stop is
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What a cute hoot

I was driving through Winchelsea, on the back road through from Apollo Bay, with a cartoon by Age cartoonist Judy Horacek emblazoned on my brain. The tag line was something like "God, send us good coffee."

Because sometimes in small country towns, really good coffee can be hard to find.

Then it flashed past -- a sort of hole in the wall where people were driving up in droves to get their fix.


So I did a u-turn and went back.

Glad I did. The coffee was heaven sent and the apple slices definitely angel food.

Café La Hoot is attached to the side of the house in fact it is in a converted old garage. Not much more than a window to the outside world although you can walk inside. Outside is a courtyard setting with umbrellas, wooden tables and benches.

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Cute owls!

The cafe is by the side of the Barwon River so there is ample parking and a community playground for kids. Parents can sit under the gum trees and enjoy their great coffee.

Out of a converted garage

The food is mostly homemade. A great selection of paninis, sandwiches and slices including raspberry brownie cheesecake and hedgehog. There was tray of recently-out-of- the-oven raspberry muffins on the counter.

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Even the cups have owls on them

I opted for a crispy apple cream cheese slice which was 10 out of 10. I'd go back any day for this little number. It was not a bakery massacre with sloppy tinned apples but slices of crunchy granny smiths mixed in with a delightful vanilla creamy topping and lots of cinnamon and spices. Not a cake to break a diet on - just damn good food. This place lists itself as a soul food cafe.

I give a hoot so should you

The coffee was organic fair-trade and the brand Bean Ground and Drunk. As well as coffee there is great chai and hot chocolate

Cafe la Hoot is owl themed because of its name.

Apparently the owner's don't decorate it so much as passers by, get into the spirit of the place and keep donating all kinds of owl knick-knacks. There is a wild assortment including toys, ornaments and even owl shaped jewellery.

Hoot! Hoot!

On their Facebook they say they are open "Hoot Hoot, from 9am 'til dusk." Gotta love it. The whole place is a hoot and you'd be wise to stop there for a god sent coffee.

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A wise old owl
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Why? Because its a hoot of an experience
When: Mon 9:30am–5pm
Phone: 0407 528 999
Where: 1 Willis St, Winchelsea
Cost: All for the price of cup of coffee
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