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Gracious Grace Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published October 31st 2019
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Gracious Grace's logo

Situated in historic Castella Street in Lilydale, and sandwiched between Melba Park and the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is the Gracious Grace cafe.

café exterior
The entrance in Castella Street.

It is a very bright and airy space with a very modern appearance. A floor to ceiling glass wall gives a view to the outside al fresco dining area and adds to the brightness.

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Interior with alfresco behind.

My visit was just for an afternoon coffee and scone. My coffee was nice and hot as requested and I ran out of scone before I ran out of jam and cream.

scone & jam
My scone, jam, cream and coffee.

The jam was delicious raspberry and the cream just had the right amount of sweetness. It was my second visit for afternoon tea in a week and Gracious Grace seems to be a popular place for friends to catch up for coffee.

She's not Grace, but is Gracious.

I had dined there before, with a large group for dinner and was very happy with our meal. We had good service considering our numbers.

Food display cabinet
Ready to go goodies.

There is an outdoor dining area at the rear which overlooks Melba Park. It is a very quiet and peaceful environment to enjoy coffee or dining with friends.

al fresco dining
The quiet, secluded al fresco dining area.

For those who like an al fresco experience watching the passing parade of Castella Street, there are two small tables on the footpath.

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Footpath dining with Museum and Theatre adjoining café.

They are open for breakfast and lunch every day and for dinner on Wednesday to Sunday.

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Order at the counter.

Monday to Saturday they open at 8.00 am and on Sundays open at 9.00.

Closing times are Monday and Tuesday at 4.00 pm. and Wednesday to Sunday at 8.00 pm.

The menu is not large, but to me, that means that all ingredients are fresh.

Gracious Grace is next to the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum connected with an internal walkway. So before or after your coffee, take in some local history.
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Phone: 9735-2223
Where: 35 Castella Street, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. F.4.
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I shall mention this to my brother and sister in law as they live nearby.
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