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Primary @ Pioneer Park

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Published July 31st 2013
Relax near the rose garden whilst having great food & drink
Primary @ Pioneers Park Is one of my favourite cafés to spend a pleasant sunny afternoon. It is an old converted school house, next door to a botanical garden.

Beautifully set amidst the Botanical Gardens

When the weather is warm, you can set-up deck chairs outside, overlooking the botanical gardens and the playgrounds and have your food brought to you. The last time I did this, the roses were in full bloom and as I sat there, it was like sitting in a hot house covered with the most beautiful fragrances.

Warm and cosy inside in winter or air conditioned in summer.

If you prefer to just sit indoors, there is a big indoor seating area where they even have private rooms that can be booked for functions. The menu is good with unique and interesting varieties and lots of choices for everyone, including quite a few vegetarian options. The breakfast menu runs through until around 3 pm, then there is a lunch menu for the afternoon.

They have a special board for each day and if you just feel like something sweet or something to finish your meal, there is a lovely cake cabinet filled with gorgeous desserts.

You may have trouble just making up your mind.

The passionfruit slice and lemon tart looked lovely and they also had a sticky date pudding which looked pretty special too. If you visit you will find some pictures of food taken from these café.

On a pleasant day, if you are sitting outside you can sit right next to the children's playground, where you can keep a close eye on the older kids while you are having a coffee (of course, you should be right there with little ones).

Loose leaf tea is served in pots and the coffee is good. Inside the old schoolhouse which has been converted to a café, it is bright fresh and clean and they have owls everywhere as their mascot and symbol.


I have read mixed reviews on some other websites about this café, although some of them do say that it has changed owners since then. I have only been coming here for the last couple of months and I have always enjoyed what has been served to me.

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Why? Great food in a beautiful and quaint setting
Phone: (03) 9768 9681
Where: Cnr of Lyall Road & Peel Street, Berwick, VIC 3806
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I've been there with all the kids and grandkids; everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food!
by mothe (score: 0|5) 2182 days ago
so pretty
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