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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published March 17th 2017
Country Style Tucker at Good Old Fashioned Prices

The old lead light window and the pressed metal on the walls suggest a long interesting story of the past. Inside there's been little desire to renovate. The old building and the beautiful old leadlight window looks like it's an original dating back decades or more.

There's seating outside on the street where you can have a lazy meal or coffee and observe the slow traffic of locals and tourists scouting for a park.

Located in a prominent position in Castlemaine, Jen's place is a popular venue with an extensive menu of reasonably priced tucker. The cafe caters for children with shelves of toys for them to play with. Beware there are also toys for sale on the shelf right next to these. You wouldn't want to confuse them and end up paying more than you expected.

This is a pretty low fuss; I'm not trying to keep up with the Jones' style cafe where the food is reminiscent of an old-fashioned country style serving. The salad looks like what nana used to make, simply sliced iceberg lettuce, some carrot, tomato, grated cheese with a piece of beetroot.

There's a big menu of breakfast and lunch items and they're open until 7pm on Fridays. Jen's place caters for vegetarians. If you don't like what you see they are willing to make up something simple to taste. My choice was a zucchini frittata with salad. This was a very reasonable size for $12. My friend had a toasted cheese sandwich and that's exactly what she got - no more and no less. My son ordered fish and chips, which were crispy, hot and served with a side salad, which he totally ignored. I notice that other customers had ordered burgers and bacon and eggs just like what you might expect at a country cafe.

This is my namesake so I'm asking you to give it a second glance. Jen's place is not flash- but don't judge a book by its cover.
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When: Wednesday 9am–6pm Thursday 9am–6pm Friday 9am–7pm Saturday 9am–6pm Sunday 9am–4pm Monday Closed Tuesday 9am–6pm
Phone: 5470 6777
Where: 85 Mostyn St, Castlemaine
Cost: Cheap
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