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Published September 28th 2013
A local treasure just got a whole lot better
The great tradition of the beach kiosk has seen a happy evolution in the past few years in Newcastle. No longer does a cup of badly fried chips and a paddle pop cut it - we need our lattes and gourmet burgers. Enter Redhead Beach Cafe, one of the best things to happen in the Lake Macquarie beaches area. This humble kiosk has taken a delightful turn for the better with the updating of the Surf Lifesaving Club.
Not only is this cafe a mandatory place to visit when heading to the sand at Redhead Beach, it is also a place you would meet a friend for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or coffee with one of the best views for miles.
The food here has been highly praised by locals and does not disappoint. A friend of mine recommends the black rice, quinoa, chia seed porridge with yoghurt, fruit and toasted nuts for breakfast ($9) which is served until 11am, when the lunch menu takes over. Take it from me, quinoa and chia seeds are the latest and greatest things for our guts right now making this a perfect menu choice. Gluten free options are available. The gluten free date loaf is delectable for morning or afternoon tea and the coffee is of a high cafe quality (take it from a coffee nazi).
However there are a plethora of delightful cake, slice and loaf options if you are just going for coffee. Or for lunch there are the usual suspects including chips and burger, turkish sandwiches etc. The bacon and egg roll ($7) is great value and excellent flavour. The good thing about this beachside cafe is the food is more gourmet, but the prices have remained more on the kiosk side of the road. This is a pleasant surprise if you are used to prices at in-town beach cafes.
Apparently the cafe is run by mother and son team Sandra and Mark Stowe who have aimed to provide a more creative menu than the humble beach kiosk. For diehards though, ice creams are still available, as are all of your usual favourite drinks etc. Where commercial enterprise is perhaps a bit light on, the Redhead Beach Cafe is an exciting addition to such a stunning beach.
Redhead beach is a great swimming area and a drawcard for many local and visiting surfers. Beyond the inlet is a leash free zone for dogs which is extremely popular. Add the delightful boardwalk and you start to see why this beach is such a local treasure. Redhead Beach Cafe now adds to that enjoyment. Like all beaches, it can get windy down here, but there are plenty of places to find shelter and just take in the sun.
Look forward to seeing you down at the beach soon!
Hello Annette I know it looks like it but it is not leash free beyond First Creek. Leash Free starts at second Creek further down the beach. Council Rangers spent the day at the beach last weekend attempting to educate beach users about where to take their doggy friends for a wonderful leash free time at the beach. Signage is poor I know as I was confused as well! Don't want anyone to get fined. Just want them to have a good time.