I'm a freelance writer in Brisbane who is passionate about the food and wine scene in the Granite Belt, Queensland. I am writing a book of the people and food of Stanthorpe and plan to launch the publication in 2014.
Published July 26th 2013
Source: The Little Cake & Coffee Shop Facebook Profile
I'm a city girl who finds the early closing of country shops very frustrating. To find a new coffee shop in Stanthorpe serving French-inspired creations, and open after 12.00 pm on a Saturday, is amazing and delightful. The Little Cake and Coffee Shop, with its duck-egg blue walls, exposed brick, and art-deco lead-lighting, is a charming, sophisticated nook at 23 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe.
We seated ourselves at a unique table: a 200-year-old salvaged water trough made from a hollowed out gum tree, upcycled into a glass-topped table. Reflected in its surface was row upon row of terrines, quiches, tarts and pies, as well as friands, macarons and cakes.
Born and bred in Stanthorpe, shop-owner Vanessa trained as a chef in Brisbane and has returned home to open her cafe. Her passion is baking sweets and pastries, and with her parents, both bakers by trade, they strive to cater for all, with both vegetarian and meat options available, as well as the generous variety of sweet treats. She is keen to introduce locals and tourists alike to new taste sensations for their lunchtime fare. Imaginative gluten-free options are enthusiastically embraced.
Vanessa is committed to sourcing local produce and products, and her creations showcase the region's plentiful gourmet produce for which the region is becoming renowned. She aims to have her offerings grown by locals, made by locals, and hopefully eaten by locals, not forgetting the tourists, too. "People will get something a little bit different; different to burger and chips."
We tried the broccoli and brie quiche, and a home-made crumpet served warm with honey and butter. Alsace potato bake with bacon, cream and cheese served with sourdough toast warmed us from the inside-out. Vivo Coffee is their bean of choice and prices start from $3.80 for coffee by the cup. Leaf teas are available from $4.20 for a pot for one. Two people can enjoy a two-course lunch of their choosing, with coffee, for $30.
The owners promise to feature the original painted glass bakery windows, which they have mounted in frames, in their shop. I personally hope the thriving community of local artists will also feature on the duck-egg blue walls, and The Little Cake and Coffee Shop will become known as a showcase for artisan bakers, and artists, alike.
Hi Lou, just found you on facebook, we love the granite belt so much, we bought two cabins there 18 months ago, so will email all about them to you. they are at the opposite end to cute little blue place, at amiens, possum's hollow and hooter's hut. Cheers! Sharon.
please could someone tell me when apples are in season, and isn't there a place where you can pick your own? I heard there was a farm with a cafe that makes cider and apple products. Also, is there somewhere nice to stay for a reasonable price?
Hi Lou, looking forward to reading your book as i myself am i huge fan of Stanthorpe making at least one yearly trip per year and making sure we stock up on all the lovely produce they have to offer there. There is just something about this beautiful place that made me fall in love with it about 16 years ago. Good Luck with your book and all the food tasting, cheers Tanya