Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published January 8th 2019
Family friendly cafe with children's book & toy store
What began as a plan for breakfast, lazily slid into a brunch. It was Sunday though, so the slow pace was a relaxing start to a chilled outing. Our eating-place of choice was located in the Bonogin Valley, which is only a 10-minute drive from Mudgeeraba.
The Little Corner Store (formerly Growca) is on the main road as you drive into Bonogin. The quaint front verandah. with tables and chairs and a cheerful selection of colourful hanging baskets, invites you into the store.
Much more than just a café, the Little Corner Store not only serves delicious food but also houses Gertrude & Henry, which offers a wonderful array of children's books, toys and gifts.
The outside garden area is the perfect choice for a mums meet up or family outing, with a large blackboard area under shade and a fabulous wooden teepee and mud kitchen. So when any little ones in your group are finished their milkshake and pancakes, they can play happily while you sit and enjoy your food with your partner or mum friends.
Heidi & Brad are your very friendly and personable hosts. Their doors open at 6:30am – great morning coffee opportunity on your way to work - and the kitchen runs a full 12 hours before closing at 6:30pm. You can enjoy an early dinner and keep a lookout for take-home dinners (a very convenient bonus for locals) which are part of the plan for 2019.
Your main decision will be how you get through the Gertrude & Henry selection of books and toys to the food counter. Do you browse before or after food or claim a table outside, order, then shop until it comes…. I can confidently say you are spoiled for choice on that one.
It was great to see traditional toys, long bookshelves bursting with adventures waiting to be read and a book corner with seats for kids. Mobiles bob from the ceiling and a beading bar beckons, where you can create your own jewellery.
Despite the distraction of the extensive range of kid's gifts on offer, the menu is your next treat. We quickly settled on the salmon potato cakes with avo, lemon & rocket and a beef burger and were not disappointed, although I was torn between the savoury or whether to go for the scones with jam and cream Devonshire Tea - decisions, decisions.
I love the origin of the name Gertrude & Henry – those were Heidi's maternal grandparents "who played a massive part" in her upbringing and the business was named after them.
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, there's a hitching rail outside for any locals who fancy riding their horse there. Now that's a great way of picking up a house made take away sandwich and a fresh fruit salad pot…
So if you are looking for drive out in the country, without too far to go, some good food when you get there and space for your little people to play happily near your table in a garden setting, this is the place for you.