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Stonehouse Cafe Restaurant

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 2nd 2019
The food here is rock solid
Coming from Ringwood the Stonehouse Café is about one kilometre before reaching the Warrandyte shopping precinct. It is located in a stone-walled building.

Cafe sign
The exterior of the cafe.

It offers all day breakfast and lunch with a modern Australian menu. It is also licenced. The menu is not extensive, but everyone should find something appetising, even children and vegetarians.

Restaurant interior
Looking across to the main counter

We visited for a weekday lunch and it was almost full. A nearby table of ten contributed to the reasonably loud background noise, but that does add atmosphere to your dining experience unless you are wanting a cosy romantic lunch.

Restaurant interior
Happy diners

The background noise reduced noticeably when their meals arrived.

On arrival, a bottle of water was placed before us and a pre-lunch coffee was very hot, as ordered. From ordering to eating was 30 minutes, not an excessive time considering the number of diners.

Once our meals arrived the wait was forgotten as we began devouring our feast. It was very tasty and just the right size. I ordered gnocchi which came as small fried squares rather than the usual boiled presentation.

My gnocchi and other bits,

My dining partner ordered chicken sliders with chips, reporting that they tasted delicious.

The chicken sliders and fries.

There is a covered outdoor dining area available for the hardy in the colder weather, but would be delightful in all but extremely hot days. From the outdoors balcony a view into the surrounding bush presents a nice vista. Several birds were noticed flitting between the trees.

Alfresco dining
The alfresco dining area.

The bush view from the outdoor dining area.

The Stonehouse Café was originally named "Lunch with the Lorikeets," which explains the painting of two lorikeets on the sign near the entrance.

Cafe sign
The sign that greets you as you enter.

On the counter and around the restaurant are displays of many products for sale. These items include, spices, several different butters, mustards, chutney and many such products.

gourmet merchandise.
Some of the gourmet merchandise available.

The cost of our two mains and one coffee around a reasonable $40-00.

Cafe interior
Behind the counter.

I have dined there several times over the years and will certainly will again.
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When: Monday to Friday 7.00 am to 3.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.
Phone: 9844 0644
Where: 321 Ringwood - Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte. Melways map: 23 G.11.
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