For those who love their football and a good cup of coffee, there is now a way to combine the joys of both. The Ground Coffee and Food is a modern cafe that is located within the newly completed, training facility of Brisbane's premier rugby league team, The Brisbane Broncos. The Ground can be easily found on the entry level to the impressive $27m Brisbane Broncos Clive Berghofer Centre at Fulcher Road, Red Hill just 4km from the CBD.
Cafe Layout of The Ground The Ground is simple to spot neighbouring 2 landmark buildings - The Ithaca TAFE Training Building and the Broncos other training field, Gilbert Park. Entry is also easy. Simply walk up the accessible and gentle ramp (with a handy handrail) off street level.
This was my first visit to The Ground and we were welcomed by friendly staff who stopped for a chat, which was a nice touch.
Now, where to get a table. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and on a warm, sunny morning we opted to sit outdoors. The Ground makes the most of its location with a fully paved and ultra covered outdoor area which overlooks the training field and provides protection from the elements.
Cool cement bench seating is bordered by a lush garden alongside monochromatic outdoor furniture and a stylish, minimalist feel. The pristine, manicured green training lawns would make any gardener envious and is book-ended by towering, white football goal posts. The view to the expansive grassy patch adds a depth of space to the site.
Inside seating is also available and faces open large cafe style retractable windows to look out towards the street.
The Grounds' menu offers tempting breakfast, brunch and light snacks. The menu includes savoury and sweet offerings including:
Avocado on flaxseed sourdough (additions of bacon and halloumi) $8.00 for half serve, $15.00 for full serve Eggs on toast (additions of bacon and halloumi) $12.50 Banana hotcake with almonds, lemon curd and marshmallow $15.50
Chicken burger $14.50
Japanese Chicken Curry $16.00
For those footy fanatics whose interest is more on rugby league than lattes, you might be interested to know that separate to the Grounds Cafe the training, administration and community facility offers multi-purpose spaces to cater for a diverse range of uses required by the Club and its community.
On the ground level, facilities for the athletes include a gymnasium, physiotherapy room, cross fit training area, weightlifting centre, lap pool, ice and spa baths and a sauna. On the upper levels, offices, meeting rooms and function spaces are used by administrative and coaching staff, while a learning centre has been built with local school and community groups in mind. (Not for general admittance).
Take a piece of Broncos Memorabilia Home With You
The merchandise store is also on the ground level with supporters jerseys on offer for the diehard and the faithful. Look out for the trophy display highlighting the team's on-field success. A great photo opportunity!
So, to get a fix of footy and food, why not try The Grounds. It is open 5 days from Monday to Friday (excluding weekends). Street parking is available in Fulcher Road and buses stop along adjoining Waterworks Road.