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Joan's Pantry

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by Annie Waddington-Feather (subscribe)
Born in Yorkshire, raised in Shropshire, travelled the world. Lived in Adelaide and currently in UK. Love travel, ancient history, horses, cello playing, the unusual and obscure, and pottering in my own back yard. Visit my website
Published January 15th 2014
There's more than food on offer at Joan's Pantry cafe
If you fancy a bite to eat or a quick cuppa next time you're tootling in the Hills, or have made at stop at the nearby BMX track or playground, pop into the local iconic, Joans Pantry. Situated on Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene, it's a great little café surrounded by trees and has a lovely view over the oval and valley.

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Joan's Pantry

There's plenty of parking on both sides of the road, and it has ample seating. Outside several tables are nestled in the trees, or you can take a table on the side patio – kids will love their own little table in this area, and to keep them amused, there's a selection of books and toys inside.

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There's plenty of seating under the trees
Seating on the side patio - kids will love their own little table at the back

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Dine inside and enjoy Simone Linehan's artwork
If you chose to dine inside, you're treated to a display of work by local artist Simone Linehan. Her images are inspired by nature, and depict plants, flowers, and amusing feathery little critters. There's also a little bit about the history of Joan's Pantry and the local Hewett family.

Yummy - open grill chicken, avocado and cheese with sundried tomato pesto
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Bacon and egg roll at Joan's Pantry
The food on offer is a variety of grills, baguettes, sandwiches, ciabattas, homemade cakes (including gluten free options), and to drink there's freshly squeezed juices, organic teas, Fairtrade coffee and Bonsoy for soy drinkers. If you get in before 2pm, you can enjoy something off the breakfast menu which has everything from a traditional 'Big Brekky' (and a vegetarian option), to pancakes, croissant, toast and muesli. We did get in before 2pm, and opted for the bacon and egg roll and the open grill chicken, avocado and cheese with sundried tomato pesto. Both of these were very good, and the service was relatively prompt. It's reasonably priced too; our two meals and two coffees came to just $23.

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Planter boxes in Joans Pantry Kitchen Garden
After your refreshment, take a stroll in 'Joans Pantry Kitchen Garden' at the back of the café. This delightful veggie garden has a gentle ambiance and is a community project where members, both young and old, can enjoy the pleasures of gardening and sharing of gardening knowledge. Planter boxes are full with herbs and veggies such as parsley, Asian greens, tomatoes cucumber and beans, and Lisa Down, Joan's Pantry owner says she will be using some of the produce in the café.

You can't get fresher than that!

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Pull up a log and enjoy the ambiance in Joans Kitchen Garden

For more information visit

For bookings and enquiries, tel: (08) 8278 2091, email:

The main hot and cold food menu is available all day until the kitchen closes at 3.30pm.
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When: Opening hours: 8.30am until 4.00pm, 7 days a week. Breakfast is served from 8.30am to 2.00pm.
Where: 7 Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene, 5051
Your Comment
They must be doing something right, they have been there for over 40 years.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2607 days ago
Joans has always been a favorite stop for coffee and cake after a morning of cycling in the hills. Great coffee, great food, very friendly atmosphere.
by peter (score: 1|16) 2607 days ago
Yes, Dave, they're definitely doing something right - the new owners have introduced a lot more, and Peter, you're so right about the great coffee, food and atmosphere. I love sitting in the garden.
by Annie Waddington-Feather (score: 2|186) 2607 days ago
Joan's Pantry used to do the nicest Devonshire Teas and Mum and my sister and I would go there from time to time just to sit and listen to the birds and relax. Gosh is that 40 years ago now??? How time marches on...but the memories remain :-)
by soupson (score: 2|133) 2605 days ago
Yes, time does fly doesn't it 'soupson'! And Jenny, hopefully Joan's Pantry is further up the 'to do' list now!
by Annie Waddington-Feather (score: 2|186) 2604 days ago
Nicely described Annie. I drive past Joan's Pantry most weeks and it was on my list to stop in one day.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4191) 2605 days ago
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