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The Grounds Keeper Cafe, Parramatta Park

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Published December 20th 2017
Food, families and fun
The third Groundskeeper cafe is situated in the Tudor Gatehouse at Parramatta Park. The other cafes are at Blacktown Showground and Ryde Park.

Cafe, Parramatta, history, outdoors
Modern cafe in a historic setting (image JW)

The historic George Street gatehouse has been given a new lease of life as dining rooms and a function space for the cafe. The rest of the dining space is mostly outdoors on a sandstone courtyard sheltered with large umbrellas, this provides plenty of space for young children, prams and groups. The green leafy outlook close to a children's playground belies its location next to a busy road in a busy city.

Salad, healthy, lunch, cafe, Parramatta
Healthy Persian rice dish (image JW)

The menu has a middle eastern twist and is the same at the three sites. There are also blackboard specials and different homemade treats available daily. The Persian rice dish was full of tasty titbits and was fresh and interesting to eat. The halloumi and beetroot salad was also delicious and contained roasted pumpkin, baby spinach, toasted walnuts, crushed pistachios with a honey vinaigrette. Grilled chicken can be added for $4.50. The coffee is good and the selection of desserts is very tempting.

lunch, healthy, Parramatta, cafe
Grilled haloumi and beetroot salad (image JW)

The cafe is kid-friendly, 'little grounds keepers' have their own menu and the area has disabled access and is suitable for groups, with or without prams and bicycles. Takeaway can be ordered at the counter otherwise you will receive table service from the young and friendly staff. Restricted parking is available nearby in the park and the cafe is within walking distance of Parramatta station.

Groundskeeper cafe is a great place for a relaxed casual breakfast, brunch or lunch in Parramatta Park.
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Why? Tasty fresh food in lovely surrounds
When: 8am to 4pm seven days a week
Phone: 02 9808 4696
Where: Gatehouse of Parramatta Park
Cost: Very reasonable, plenty of choices less than $25.
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