As we were about to go into the café I noticed a sign saying Doggie treats $1. Just at that moment a lady came out and told us a funny story about an elderly gentleman buying them and commenting to his wife about how much he enjoyed the biscuits. She took much pleasure in advising him that he had eaten the dog biscuits made at Taffy's! The lady also told us that her daughter Margaret ran the café and that she would be pleased to tell us all about her ailing legs. It turns out that Maggie runs the café like an afternoon tea at her house. She welcomed us as if she'd known us all her life and was keen to serve us with freshly made coffee and home cooked treats.
Taffy's means Welsh. It's the name they have had for many years. This is a unique café with eclectic country style furniture. The old fashioned café reminds me of a lolly shop of yesteryear. This is a simple, cosy no-pretence style. Margaret (a local from Montmorency) told us that they try to make it a warm and homely visit and I think she's got that down pat. It's in contrast to the local yuppie Were St cafes just a hop and skip down the road. Her words not mine.
I overheard a few across the floor conversations. One of them went a bit like this - "I won't be long or do you just want the usual?' Maggie called out to a gentleman who made himself at home with a newspaper. We shared a table with another regular and I noticed she couldn't eat all the food. I was so tempted to take a photo of all the food that was left over.
As a local I am surprised that I have never visited Taffy's but it's easy to miss. It used to be the old milk bar (when there was such a thing) on Looker St. Half the time it doesn't look like it's even open but on the inside it's buzzing. You'll need to park around the corner on a side street or if you're lucky there are a few parks out front.
When you visit Taffy's make sure you have time for a yarn and a look around. Margaret also makes all the handcrafted children's clothes including the old pinnies. They also have artwork and women's clothes from Italy for sale.
Maggie will be happy to take time for a funny conversation and a hearty belly laugh. If you want to know all about her ailing limbs you'll have to ask her yourself.
Trying to pick from the cake selection was quite an effort until I saw that huge slice. I couldn't go past my father's favourite old-fashioned coconut and raspberry slice. It was served warm with fresh whipped cream divided between my friend and I. I am going back ASAP for this alone. I ordered the hot chocolate and I'm a bit fussy but it was perfect: very hot, rich but not too sweet. They serve Jaspers coffee (just $3), gluten free menu items and all day breakfast. Can you believe our two hot drinks and shared slice cost just $12 for the both of us? Incidentally they make all food on the premises except the sausage rolls.
I reckon I got more than I bargained for. I had a bit of a look around at some great gifts, a great friendly chat with Maggie and discovered I like to know a bit of family gossip. I had the best slice forever and have found a great local café location that's not going to break the bank.
You must take kids. They serve very cheap kids food including a vegemite sandwich for only $2 and kids chips for a ridiculous $3. You can buy yourself a toastie for $8 or a thick cut sourdough sandwich for $10. And with those old-fashioned prices you'll get good old-fashioned service by Maggie and the team who love what they do. Drop in and say 'hi'.