Nutritionist & Life Coach
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Published April 11th 2012
Back in the good old days politicians were honest, houses were affordable and, damn it, people had values. The epicentre of this utopia was of course the corner milk bar, where you could quickly walk in and grab emergency bread and milk without having to worry about taking your hair out of its curlers.
These days the corner milk bar is more likely to be a trendy converted residence forcing the kids to risk a perilous journey to a chain supermarket where 20 cents worth of mixed lollies has been usurped by pernicious 'energy drinks'. Oh for the good old days!
Typical contemporary corner milk bar - closed for business
Well the milk bar isn't dead, it's just been reincarnated. In one of the savviest business decisions in recent times The Pint of Milk has opened in Newport on a corner that was for years occupied by a nondescript milk bar. You can still get your bread (fresh baked I might add), milk and newspaper there but you can also get an espresso, a big breakfast and a toasted pide. The Pint of Milk has retained a milk bar theme combining it with the more contemporarily appreciated café style dining.
Coffe and a newspaper, all is well
The smartest part about the business decision is the location. Surrounded by residences, an athletics track, a sporting precinct, a boat ramp and a gym The Pint of Milk is the only café within koo-wee. From locals after their morning coffee to little ath's mums on a Saturday morning, the clientele really has only one option if they don't want to jump in the car. Being so close to The Strand, a popular route with cyclists, the Pint will always have a multitude of walk-through/ride-through traffic.
This very well themed café does not simply rely on a cracking location though. The interior has a funky timber, almost bohemian style that is so popular these days. Patrons can spread themselves out at the large communal table, sit at the window facing bench seating, at an outside table (weather permitting) or stakeout one of the smaller tables. If they're lucky enough they could even snag the alcove facing the athletics track - very much like having a private alfresco area for two.
The Pint's 'Private' al fresco booth
The cuisine is top notch café fare, reasonably priced, quickly served and tasty. I was quite surprised by the creativity in the lunch menu, some of the pricier restaurants down the road could learn a thing or two by eating at the Pint. Check out the menu here
The pint allows you to enjoy a post-modern skinny soy macchiato and then go home with a litre of milk and the morning paper (should you have failed to complete the sport section over your beverage). A real winner.