Freelance writer and reviewer living on the Central Coast, NSW.
Published July 10th 2016
Cafe with a social conscience
It is obvious others have discovered this social conscious cafe in the short eleven months they have been open, the cafe has a steady stream of customers - many of whom look like comfortable regulars. Fair Cravin' is owned and operated by Fairhaven Services, a social enterprise dedicated to assisting people with disabilities.
Fare Cravin' offer an inclusive cafe experience. The shop itself is wheelchair accessible with double doors and there is space inside to accommodate mobility aids, wheelchairs or strollers. The outdoor area is wonderfully different to a crowded shopping mall or curbside seating, the towering gum trees and distance from the street mean road noise is small (or non-existent), and the green lawn is a wonderful space for children to stretch their legs without disturbing other patrons. Children are also catered for with a variety of toys to 'borrow' during their visit and drawing supplies on the largest table, however there isn't a children's menu offered at this time - this won't be a problem for children with a more mature palate (Feta eggs, kids?) but I'm sure some chicken nuggets wouldn't go astray.
Fair Cravin' offers a well planned menu with cafe staples, and has considered those who are Vegan or Vegetarian and those with food allergies. Fair Cravin' is not a hub for foodies and those looking for food adventure, but the food provided is satisfying and well priced. On the Central Coast a meal out for two that leaves change from the fifty dollar note is rare and should be supported wherever possible.
Fare Cravin' has adopted the well known vintage/rustic decor of the moment and as a result may have made some choices that are putting style over comfort. Their main seating option are wooden stools, there are good a few minutes before you become acutely aware of the lack of padding and back support. This is something that can be easily rectified, and it should be noted there are alternative seating options available should you be in there at the right time.
The service received at Fair Cravin' was the highlight of the experience. It isn't often that you have a barista/waiter/cashier all in one who is also genuine, adept and considerate to patrons.
It's tempting to believe that my return to Fair Cravin' will only be motivated by supporting an organisation that does wonderful things for it's community - but that's not true. I will return for the service, setting and price, and I see that as a success for the Fair Cravin' Cafe.