Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published August 19th 2013
Antiques, Gifts, Cafe
Flaxton Barn is an unusual little place located on winding Flaxton Drive, one of the main roads joining Mapleton, Flaxton and Montville in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, on the Blackall Range. Flaxton Barn isn't a café – but it's not an antiques or gift store either; Flaxton Barn is a splendid combination of the three.
A veritable treasure trove, the walls of Flaxton Barn are lined with attention-grabbing antiques and collectables; vintage telephones, soap holders and gramophones; and gorgeous gift wares; scrumptious-smelling soaps, wooden bookends, animal statuettes, mirrors, charming teapots, teacups and kitchenware. After combing the items on display, wander over to the far left corner and sit yourself down to a meal with a view. Flaxton Barn provides great gourmet food and wine as well as café-style cakes, mouth-watering burgers, delectable homemade pies and delicious milkshakes.
I really enjoyed taking my time looking through the antiques and collectables on display at Flaxton Barn. The large range of period furniture, objets d'art, delicate china, traditional home decorations, aged books and keepsakes from yesteryear had me open-mouthed and wide-eyed. I particularly liked the wall of vintage telephones, the big old gramophones and much of the ceramics. The antiques exhibited really made me wonder about eras gone by, and fit beautifully amongst the other wares of Flaxton Barn.
With over 200 square metres of shop floor, housing an extensive range of interesting and unusual collections, gift wares, antiques, functional and/or fashionable kitchen accessories, decorative articles and books, not only is there plenty to browse – but you're sure to stumble across more than one must-have item.
The Verandah Café, as it is affectionately referred to by staff at the Flaxton Barn, is situated down the left-hand side of the shop itself. It backs out onto a covered verandah, so patrons can dine-in with a view. With home-baked delights (scrumptious buttermilk scones, homemade apple and meat pies, etc.), coffee, fine teas, milkshakes and other refreshing drinks, plus a wide variety of local and exotic gourmet foods and wines, the café at Flaxton Barn definitely aims to have something for everyone.
Whether you're stopping in for a quick coffee or settling in for a big breakfast in the morning; ordering a homemade luncheon platter, or a sandwich, pie or burger for lunch on-the-go; or coming in to savour the range of tasty local and exotic gourmet food and wine; Flaxton Barn has the menu to suit you.
Personally, I think that dining-in adds to the overall experience that Flaxton Barn offers. It's relaxing to sit and eat out on the deck with the lovely view, the rustic setting. The entire menu is appealing and all of the food looks, tastes and smells appetising. Exquisite cooking smells waft out from the kitchen onto the verandah, so it's a good thing that you're never waiting long for your order. Whether you've ordered a pre-made meal and a can of soft drink, or a gourmet burger and an iced chocolate, staff at Flaxton Barn won't leave you hungry and waiting for long.
Located just 5 minutes north of Montville and 30 from Mooloolaba, Flaxton Barn is not only easy to access and easy to spot – it's an easy choice. Flaxton Barn is just off the main road and with plenty of parking is a great place for antiques, gift-searching and fine dining. You can even purchase some of the specialty teas and gourmet sauce, chutney, relish, jam and preserve to take home with you if you're keen – and of course, the boutique specialty wines, straight from the vineyard. Flaxton Barn is open six days per week, 9am-5pm, closed on Wednesdays. So if you're travelling to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland anytime soon, don't forget to check out Flaxton Barn – it's a great experience.