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Kelsey Cottage Cafe

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by Samantha Jeffree (subscribe)
I'm a mum, writer, art lover and book lover. I have lived in the southern suburbs of Adelaide all my life and love where I live! Follow me on Instagram @sammyjeffree
Published December 2nd 2014
Far More Than Fast Food
We all know pizza is quick, easy, relatively inexpensive and so on, but (with no disrespect to the larger franchise businesses), it is too often seen as a 'fast food'.

Sometimes it's important to sit back, relax, take in the scenery and wait for your delicious, wood oven, freshly made pizza to cook nearby as you stare out at the surroundings and unwind after a busy week.

There are many hidden gems in the Adelaide Hills, but Kelsey Cottage Café might be one of the best kept secrets around.

We recently visited Kelsey Cottage for the first time with some friends who are local to the area; I have no doubt we will be back.

The old building sits off the main road and if you didn't know it was there or what to look for, you might drive right past.

Walking towards the cottage we were welcomed by the sight of a comfortable, but not crowded alfresco area where wooden tables were lit with candles and the smell of pizza filled the air.

An array of freshly made pizzas are cooked in the open every Friday night (except when a total fire ban is issued).

As well as the fresh, tasty food, the extra touches make all the difference in this kind of setting.

Our pizzas were delivered to the table on individual breadboards complete with pizza cutters - eat it in four slices, eight, or if you're really clever, cut it in a spiral so although you're eating the entire pizza, you're really only eating one 'slice'.

Pizzas are $15 each of two for $28.

Looking for something sweet for dessert (or even before if you want to be a little risky)? Don't worry, you don't have to leave the café to find something to make you feel a little sick but happy. Pavlova and a dessert pizza are on the menu and although we didn't try them, I have no doubt we will next time (tip, make sure you leave room, no matter how great the main course is).

Stop, take the time and relax, enjoy the scenery and unwind.

Kelsey Cottage is open Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm for light meals including all day breakfast, fresh or toasted sandwiches and soup and open Friday nights from 6pm for pizza.

It might be a hidden gem, but it's still popular, so bookings are recommended.
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Why? A relaxing night out
When: Open Friday nights from 6pm for pizza
Phone: 08 8388 4422
Where: 126a Main Road, Balhannah SA 5242
Cost: Pizzas from $15
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