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The Lilydale General

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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 September 15th 2019
The name's general, but the food is specific
Although situated in an industrial area on a busy road, it is a quiet place for breakfast or lunch.

Café sign
We are here.

We were there for a late breakfast and I was pleased to see on the menu one of my favourites – an all-day breakfast. Before ordering I asked for another favourite of mine, a hot cappuccino. It wasn't as hot as I like, but the pretty picture looked good and it tasted even better. So much so, I ordered a second one directly from the barista. This one was nice and hot and sippy.

Cup of coffee
Pretty picture and pretty nice.

Barista Jessie at work.

Not liking eggs I often order a big breakfast sans eggs. Here, I could order a custom made breakfast with just the items I like. The bacon was particularly tasty and the two slices of toast were light and buttery and mouth-watering.

My custom made breakfast.

My dining companion ordered scrambled eggs on toast with bacon and reported that they were delicious.

Scrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs, bacon and toast.

There is an al fresco dining area, with large umbrellas over the tables. I often drive past the Lilydale General of a weekend and on a nice day the outside area is well patronised.

Al fresco dining
The outdoor area.

The staff were very friendly with a warm welcoming greeting on arrival. Water and glasses were placed on our table as soon as we were seated, always a nice gesture as one usually arrives at a café a little thirsty.

Café interior
Interior view.

Take away coffee was frequently dispensed to passing customers. A cabinet of ready-made snacks catered for those on the run.

Quick snacks
The ready to go selection.

We have eaten there before and on both occasions enjoyed the experience and the food.
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When: Monday – Friday 7.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday 8.00 am – 3.00 pm.
Public holidays 8.00 am. – 3.00 pm.
Phone: 9739-7770
Where: The Lilydale General. 110 Beresford Road, Lilydale. Melways Map: 38. E.3.
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