Established in 2006, the Red Mill Bakehouse in Ethelton is a great place to enjoy a wide range of pastries and cakes. The place is very popular with the locals, with a large crowd present during lunchtime, so it is advisable to arrive early as the cafe does not accept bookings.
Their Filo Pastries are one of the most popular items available as they were sold out until the café was able to get out a new batch. The pastry of the Chicken & Mushroom Filo Pastry that I chose was light and flaky with the chicken in the filling cooked just right and the mushrooms providing a bit of an earthy flavour.
Chicken & Mushroom Filo Pastry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
As you would expect, Red Mill Bakehouse offers a good selection of the Aussie favourite - meat pies. In contrast to their Filo Pastries, the pastry used in their meat pies had a firmer texture with the amount of buttery flavour we liked. The pastry of the Chunky Pepper Steak Pie that my mother chose was not too thick and the filling had the degree of peppery flavour to make eating the pie enjoyable.
Chunky Pepper Steak Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The size of the Bacon Cornish Pastry was generous and there was a good quantity of bacon to give the pastry a bit of a smoky taste. Accompanying the pastry was some barbeque sauce to enhance the smoky taste of the filling.
Bacon Cornish Pastry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the options for vegetarians, the generous amount of pumpkin in their Pumpkin & Feta Filo Pastry gave this dish its distinctive slightly sweet flavour. Customers who are not fans of cheese need not worry about the feta in the pastry as it did not make the pastry taste too cheesy.
Pumpkin & Feta Pastry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another item that you can expect to see at an Aussie café, the pastry of their Sausage Roll was crispy and had a nice buttery taste and the sausage filling had a nice savoury flavour. We thought it was a bit dry for our tastes however. If you wish, you can have the pastry accompanied with tomato sauce to balance out the dryness.
Sausage Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete your meal, you can choose from among their selection of cakes and sweet pastries. The choux pastry that forms the key part of their Eclair was cooked to perfection and there was enough cream to ensure that it was not too dry. The chocolate icing can make it a bit too sweet for some taste buds however.
Éclair (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another of the yummy desserts that we tasted was their Chocolate Raspberry Brownie. The brownie had a delectable chocolatey taste which was tempered by the slightly sour raspberry puree streaked throughout the brownie. There was also what tasted like crushed pieces of cookies in the brownie to provide a bit of crunch.
Choc Raspberry Brownie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Red Mill Bakehouse prides themselves on serving up the perfect cup of coffee and we are happy to concur. Their cappuccino and long black were perfect accompaniments to their delicious pastries and desserts.
Long Black Coffee (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Cappuccino (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the café gave it a cosy and rustic feel. You have a choice of dining within the café itself or at the outdoor area at the back of the café. Off-street parking is available at the back of the bakehouse. Red Mill Bakehouse is only about 5 minutes' drive from Semaphore Beach, making it an ideal stop before or after your beach activities.