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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.