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by Helen Williamson (subscribe)
I have enjoyed writing since I was a teenager and now freelance when I get a chance. I live in Melbourne and want to share the wonderful places, activities and restaurant/bars it has to offer!
Published August 22nd 2012
Coffee, cake and cows at Madcowes
Last weekend my friend and I headed down to Phillip Island for some well-earned R&R. Luckily for me, my friend has a beach house and it was there that we decamped ourselves and snuggled in for a cozy winter's evening, along with her children and their friends who came along for the ride.


However after a very wet and cold Saturday, Sunday arrived bright and sunny, albeit a little chilly and we headed down to the main street for our usual latte and in the kids' case, a hot chocolate.

But instead of popping into our usual abode, we walked around the corner and were confronted by the oddly named Madcowes establishment.

Being a cow lover from way back (my house is full of Black and White cows in every size and shape imaginable) I shrieked "Oh My God we have to go in." I might add at this point, that my friends are used to this sort of outburst when it comes to cows as I'm crazy about them.

Upon entering we were met with a large crowd jostling at the counter to place their orders before we finally managed to get a table outside in the sun.

Although the wind was a tad chilly, this was more than made up for by the magnificent panorama that was before us. From our table, we looked out directly to the beach with an absolutely spectacular view of the Bay and the Pier where we watched all the comings and goings of the tourists.

While we were deciding on what to order, I noticed a young couple sitting in what must be the best seat of the house - a window counter seat. They got to enjoy the view too, but had the advantage of being nice and warm. I couldn't help but notice their delicious looking breakfast of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast and started to regret my bowl of Weeties I had earlier in the morning. This young couple even had champagne to wash it all down with. All very romantic indeed, and something I think my friend and I will do next time (minus the kids).

As for us, we ordered our lattes and hot chocolates but couldn't go past a couple of their home made delicious pastries. We settled on Lemon Meringue Pie and the moistest Orange Cake I have ever experienced. We could have tried them all but alas our waistlines would never forgive us. And you tea lovers out there aren't forgotten either. If we'd been in the mood for tea, Madcowes certainly wouldn't have disappointed as they had an extensive list of T2 teas with some packs of tea for sale, along with some gorgeous fine china cup and saucer sets that T2 have just released.


As I looked around, I saw all types of dishes being served to the hungry hordes, all with remarkable speed and efficiency considering the crowd. And I must say nothing was too much trouble for the waiters or waitresses. They were polite, happy and best of all, very welcoming.

I liked this place because it also catered for families (baby chinos were very popular that day) and for those who liked to walk their dog up to the main street. The tables outside were perfect to sit at, and your best friend could have a rest and a drink of water.

And for us cow lovers they had a fantastic display of all things "Cow" ranging from a Surfer Cow to an Artist Cow. It's a fun display, cleverly placed up high on the shelf (so no little fingers touch), and the kids love it.

This coffee house is a must next time you go to Phillip Island. It has everything you could ask for great food, fantastic staff and a relaxing, happy atmosphere. Combined with a magnificent view of the beach, I think it's one of the reasons this coffee house is so popular.

It's in a great position for a delightful breakfast or lunch or just for a cuppa while the world passes you by. But take it from one who knows get there early so you can get that window seat and enjoy.

Open from 7.30 am to 3 pm. Prices are very reasonable.
Shop 4, The Esplanade Cowes, Victoria 3922

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