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King Henry Arts Café

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by Vicki Victoria (subscribe)
Wife, mother, artist, daydreamer.
Published February 22nd 2015
A right royal treat

Sometimes you walk into a café, and it fits. You know, like coming home.
That's how I felt when I first visited the newly opened King Henry Arts Café in Sassafras.
I've been a regular there ever since.

The cottage (c.1902) has been tastefully renovated inside and out.


Delightful old furnishings grace the interior.





A cosy table for two - lucky number 13

The ambience is warm and welcoming. The cottage wears its antiques well.

There is even a stunning four poster bed in a room off the front entrance that would make anyone feel like a royal sleeping in it, I'm sure.



The man himself, HRH…


Outside on the wide, wooden deck, comfortable bench seating overlooks peaceful gardens.




A path lined with graceful shrubs and lush tree ferns winds its way down into a secretive forest gully to a shaded winter creek hidden below tall trees.


One can almost expect an echidna, lyrebird or wallaby to pass by at any moment. And, if you sit awhile, you might be rewarded for your patience.

Fancy a trip over the bridge to a magical, forested world?

The grounds are a wonderful place for children to explore and delight in the sights, sounds, scents and textures.

And, not to forget the fur-children... even esteemed four legged visitors have a stately font to drink from.

Back at the café, the large open corner window offers an enticing glimpse into the "engine room" filled with gleaming wares and machines at the ready for brewing that perfect cup of choice.


Friendly staff are there to greet and seat with a chilled glass of water while viewing the menu for breakfast, lunch, Devonshire tea or coffee and cake.

To me, the test of a good coffee is a flat white - no sugar. If a well made coffee has correctly heated milk, then it's sweet enough. Taste the full bodied flavours, without the sugar mask.
That goes for espresso too. There should be a hint of caramel, but never be, "bitter".

At King Henry, the head barista is always on point. She knows coffee. Has an affinity with it and builds a great coffee. Fresh roast, grind and milk. Correct dose. Never burnt/bitter. Never cold.
Just right. Consistently.
And, when a barista samples their brews throughout the day, you know you're in good hands.
Always something to look forward to.

On Saturday, hubby and I decided to have breakfast at King Henry.
I drew a sigh of contentment as I sat in now familiar surrounds on the deck.
Cradling our kick starter coffees, we relished the still cool, crisp mountain air - a welcome morning respite before the heat of the day.

I lingered over a generous meal of perfectly poached eggs on toast, avocado, lightly wilted spinach, cooked tomato, mushrooms and a side serve of wholesome, home made "baked beans" that were fresh, flavoursome and filling - a delicious addition to my full plate.


Hubby had the same, minus the spinach, with an upgrade of pork chipolatas and bacon.

A well prepared, cooked and served breakfast. Each mouthful savoured.

The old saying goes, "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper".

Well, we dined like a king, and queen, and were comfortably replete for the rest of the day.


King Henry is also licensed, and has a selection of wines and beer on tap.
Enjoy a bevvy or two in restful surrounds - the perfect way to unwind after a busy day/week… with a designated skipper of course, to negotiate the winding mountain roads responsibly and deliver you home safely.

King Henry Arts Café is located at 320 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras and is open Wednesday - Sunday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Ph: (03) 9755 2346
Email: info@kinghenryartscafe.com

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When: Wed - Sun. 9am - 5pm.
Phone: (03) 9755 2346
Where: 320 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, Victoria
Your Comment
Lovely. One for next weekend. Thanks Vicki. G
by Gina Boothroyd (score: 1|95) 1689 days ago
Lovely article...no pics of the doggas though!

Bella wrote this...no...she said Jack did it..!
by forth (score: 0|2) 1695 days ago
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